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The quadruple is still on.

Manchester City beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. Now Paris St-Germain, with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar et al, stand in the way of a first Champions League final appearance.

City are on course to win the Premier League, are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and will contest the Carabao Cup final later this month. Manager Pep Guardiola has called their achievements “incredible” as they try to create history by winning all four trophies in a season.

After knocking out Dortmund, Ilkay Gundogan said that City had “proved they are ready to fight for the semi-finals”, Guardiola spoke of them “building history” and City fan and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher simply tweeted one of his ex-band’s lyrics: “I said maybeeeeeeeeeeeeee”.

‘It is not history, but we start to build it’

“I am incredibly happy for this club, for this chairman and for the fans, everyone,” Guardiola told BT Sport after seeing his side seal reach the Champions League semi-finals for only the second time.

It is the first they will play in under Guardiola, having lost to Real Madrid in Manuel Pellegrini’s final season in charge in 2015-16.

“It is the second time in the semi-finals, so it is not history in the club, but we start to build it,” continued Guardiola, whose side flirted with elimination on away goals after Jude Bellingham’s opener on Wednesday, before sealing the tie through a Riyad Mahrez penalty and Phil Foden’s finish.

“We were brilliant, except for the first 10 minutes where they were good.

“I’m incredibly happy to be in the semi-finals, to be one of the best four teams in Europe, to be against big, strong teams and we will try to be good.”

He added: “Now, I don’t want to think for one second about PSG. I want to celebrate. Dinner with the staff and the team. I don’t know which wine, it will be a good wine for sure.”

Midfielder Gundogan continued on the theme, saying: “It means a lot to be honest, this club and this team deserve it. We are grateful for being in a great competition and reaching the semi-finals for the first time with this team.

“Today once again we showed character. We didn’t play well at all in the first 15 minutes, we struggled and we weren’t brave enough and were scared to lose something.

“We know how tough this competition is. In every single game, the opponents are so difficult, everyone has quality and this Dortmund team has quality and can beat anyone.

“It was about staying in the game, playing with attitude and personality especially at this stage of the competition. We proved we were ready to fight for the semi-finals.”

On City’s desire to win the Champions League this season, he added: “No-one wants to let this competition go. I guess if you ask Dortmund players, they feel the same. Everyone wants to succeed in this competition, that’s why it is harder, everyone wants to win and be successful.

“But if you have the right attitude, with quality in the squad and with the right ideas, then the chances of success are high.”

‘He found me, he ran [past] everyone and found me’

Manchester City players and manager Pep Guardiola celebrate Phil Foden's goal

Guardiola (centre) has reached his eighth Champions League semi-final, now the joint-most in the history of the competition among all managers, alongside Jose Mourinho

A mini battle was fought within Wednesday’s contest, between two of England’s most promising young midfielders.

For part of the evening, it looked as though 17-year-old Bellingham would come out on top, courtesy of a stellar display that belied his years and experience, capped by a superb opening goal.

Ultimately, though, it was Foden who emerged triumphant, steering City to victory with his fierce drive in off the post.

To celebrate he charged towards his manager on the touchline, with the pair embracing and soon enveloped by the rest of the side.

“He found me, he ran [past] everyone and found me,” said Guardiola. “That’s for all the club, all the people that work so hard, to achieve what we have achieved so far.

“I said ‘well done, good shot, we go’.

“We need three wins to win the PL, we are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, we are in semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of Carabao Cup. It is incredible what we have done.

“We don’t talk about winning all four. Now we take one game at a time.”

Speaking as part of his punditry duty on BBC Radio 5 Live, former Coventry and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin was full of praise for Foden and the way he has been guided by Guardiola.

“Whatever he [Guardiola] has done, it is working,” he said. “Pep has drip fed Foden’s talent into the first team. He is changing, becoming more accustomed to the physicality and decision making in the game.

“He’s taken on so much from both Silvas [David and Bernardo] he has played with at City. That left hand side he plays on is his – he is so comfortable.”

A post on Foden’s Twitter account after the win at Dortmund said, ‘Kylian Mbappe are you ready?’ before it was later deleted.

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