City reached the semi-finals under former coach Manuel Pellegrini, but since Guardiola took command in 2016, the club had previously failed to reach the quarter-finals.
While European success has proven elusive, Guardiola has had many national successes – won two Premier League titles – but this is the competition that everyone associated with the club had in mind.
“What we’ve done over the past four years has been incredible,” said Guardiola after the game. “The Champions League is the most difficult and it was the most difficult for us to reach the final.”
“We deserve to be there for everything we’ve done at the club over the past four or five years.”
The Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) bought City in 2008.
The private investment company owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan spent $ 2.3 billion between then and 2019.
“I would like to thank the former players who took us to another level – Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and David Silva. That’s because they brought us to another level,” said Guardiola, who is still a coach was not there. I have won the Champions League since 2011.
Guardiola left Barca in 2012, but in his three years at Bayern Munich and his first four seasons at City, he failed to crack the code to advance to the final.
“I would also like to thank the owner, chairman and staff of the club,” added Guardiola. “This club is about all the people who work behind the scenes, the ground staff who work half-time. It’s not just about money. If that’s what you want to believe, you’re wrong.”
The fans warmly welcomed the team when the team bus pulled up to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening and the players reacted accordingly.
The cheering scenes at the full-time whistle showed how much it meant to City, and defender Oleksandr Zinchenko was on the pitch in tears.
The celebrations continued in the locker room with videos on social media of staff and players singing and dancing.
PSG falls short
PSG, meanwhile, fell short again to win their first Champions League trophy.
Like City, the owners injected the money to secure the title, but last year’s runner-up couldn’t handle his emotions and ended the game with 10 men on Tuesday, as it did in the first leg.
Angel Di Maria was sent off in the second half for a punch against Fernandinho and defender Presnel Kimpembe was lucky enough to get away with a yellow card after a fierce duel with Gabriel Jesus
The guests had to start on the bench with star striker Kylian Mbappe after the Frenchman sustained a calf injury, but manager Mauricio Pochettino didn’t use that as an excuse.
“That can’t be an excuse, we’re a team,” said Pochettino after the game. “Of course it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t ready to help the team, but that’s not an excuse.
“We can’t use that excuse because the team performed well.
“I have to congratulate Manchester City for having a fantastic season. Pep is fine after six or seven seasons. At the same time, we are proud of our players and our team.”
City will face either Real Madrid or Chelsea in the final on May 29 in Istanbul (Turkey).