Kevin De Bruyne has set his sights on the Champions League final after firing Manchester City past Paris St Germain into the last four for the first time.
De Bruyne settled a compelling quarter-final in City’s favour, 3-2 on aggregate, with the only goal of Tuesday’s second leg on a historic and raucous night at the Etihad Stadium.
The result will put City in some elite company when the draw for the semi-finals is made tomorrow but, while enjoying this achievement, De Bruyne insists there is more to come from the team.
The Belgium forward said: “I think it is huge. Everybody has talked about the Champions League and to be in the semi-finals is a great achievement.
“But it is not done yet. We are looking forward to the semis. It is only two games away from the final.
“We will try to do everything to reach the final.”
City went into the game holding the slight advantage of two away goals after last week’s 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes.
But they showed no intention of sitting back and matched an attack-minded PSG by playing them at their own game.
De Bruyne said: “I think it was a very good performance and we deserved to go through. I think the whole team played a good game.
“It feels very good. It was a very important goal and after the 1-0 I think we controlled the game.”
De Bruyne delivered another high-energy performance and his goal was his third in four appearances since returning from a two-month lay-off with a knee injury.
The 24-year-old said: “I just tried to shoot in the corner and it just went in. You just have to try it and one day it will go in.
“I think I play my game at a high intensity. I felt afterwards the power was a little bit gone but I think that is normal with the injury that happened. I give it all until I can’t go further.”
Team-mate Sergio Aguero hopes City can give manager Manuel Pellegrini a glorious send-off in the Champions League.
Aguero said: “It is important for (Pellegrini) and for all of us. Obviously it is important for him because he knows he won’t be here for next season so I imagine he must be very happy, very pleased. I hope we can go even further.
“The confidence is there, we are in semis and anything can happen. We will be at our maximum, depending on who we play against, but we will be going all out to win it.
“This was our goal, to be among the four best teams in the Champions League and now we want to keep growing.”
There was one unwanted postscript to a great night for City as the club were yesterday charged by Uefa after fireworks were set off during Tuesday’s game.
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