Manchester City progressed to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time on Tuesday night, with Kevin de Bruyne’s second-half strike knocking Paris Saint-Germain out of the competition.
City did the hard part at the Parc des Princes last week, avoiding defeat against the French champions while scoring two away goals in the process.
This left PSG with a difficult task heading into the second leg - and the likes of Angel di Maria, Edinson Cavani and star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to prevent their team from sliding out of the tournament.
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Zlatan didn’t perform too badly on the night and went close to scoring with a couple of dangerous free-kicks, but he will not have been impressed with one particular chant from the Manchester City fans.
The home supporters at the Etihad Stadium attempted to unsettle the world-class Swedish striker by chanting: “You’re just a sh*t Andy Carroll!” at him.
Perhaps it worked...
That he failed to score suggests it may have had the desired effect.
But the chant was a little unusual given the fact Carroll has no connection with Manchester City.
The England international scored a hat-trick for West Ham against Arsenal last weekend, so perhaps that was still fresh in the minds of the City supporters.
The chant may also have been slightly tongue-in-cheek. While Carroll is particularly strong in certain areas - particularly in the air - he lacks the overall quality of Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan, who turns 35 in October, has scored a magnificent 39 goals in 43 appearances for PSG this season.
Carroll, meanwhile, has netted seven in 25 for the Hammers.
Pellegrini insists his exit doesn't matter
So, it’s Manchester City who advance to the final four and their outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini, who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola this summer, insists his future is insignificant after leading the Citizens to the semi-finals.
"Whether I leave the club at the end of the season or not this achievement is the same. I don't think about leaving at the end of the season,” the Chilean coach was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"For me it's exactly the same, it doesn't matter if we get Bayern or Barca or Real or whoever. I repeat I don't want to link what happened tonight with the future."
Asked if City could become European champions in Milan next month, Pellegrini added: "Of course. I think that is one of the targets of this club is to improve every year.
"We receive a lot of criticism for different reasons, but we are improving every year. The target of this club is to win the Champions League, but not just that.
"The project of this club is not finished, the club want to improve every year, this season, next season."
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