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Pep Guardiola equals Jose Mourinho record with Champions League win


Pep Guardiola has equalled Jose Mourinho’s Champions League record after Manchester City’s latest win.

The Etihad outfit are in the semi-finals of the competition after beating Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate.

It sets up a mouthwatering tie with Paris Saint-Germain, with both sides bidding to become European champions for the first time.

Phil Foden was an inspiration over both legs against Dortmund, scoring winners in either leg to see City emerge 2-1 victors on both occasions.

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And the two goals from the 20-year-old were both works of art, one a fine team move while the other a jaw-dropping longshot that caught Marwin Hitz out.

Phil Foden helped Manchester City book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League

It means City are in the semi-finals for the first time since 2016, where they were knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid.

That also takes Guardiola to eight semi-finals in his career – drawing level with Mourinho for the most for a manager.

The two legendary managers are defining coaches of the era and have taken clubs to the latter stages of the Champions League more than anyone.

Pep’s best years are remembered at Barcelona, where his Los Cules dominated football – winning the treble in 2009.

Whereas Jose made it to the semi-finals with the likes of Chelsea, Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

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Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have battled it out over the years

However, when it comes to winning the prestigious title, there is nothing to separate the pair with them landing two each.

Guardiola’s duo came at Barcelona whereas Mourinho did so with Porto and Inter Milan – one of only three coaches to do so with two different clubs.

The prize for most Champions League victories go to three managers, Bob Paisley, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane – winning three.

Though the latter did so in three consecutive years with Real Madrid from 2016 to 2018 in an astonishing achievement.





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