Champions League

Pep Guardiola Matches Jose Mourinho's Incredible Champions League Record

Pep Guardiola matched Jose Mourinho's record for Champions League semis appearances
Pep Guardiola matched Jose Mourinho's record for Champions League semis appearances / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has matched Jose Mourinho's record as the coach with the most Champions League semi-final appearances after his side edged past Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.

After a cagey opening quarter of an hour, Jude Bellingham netted the opening goal for the hosts, and City were sweating over the aggregate score. But goals from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden saw Guardiola's re-gain the upper hand and brough the Spaniard level with Mourinho's Champions League record.

The 50-year-old made the Champions League last four for the eighth time in his career following the win over Dortmund. Guardiola has steered Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and City to the last four, but last lifted the title in the 2010-11 season while still with the Catalans.

Mourinho has has reached the stage with four different clubs - Porto, Chelsea, Inter, and Real Madrid - while winning the trophy with Porto and Inter.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola said: "We're incredibly happy to be in the semi-finals – the best four teams in Europe. The way we played for the last 30 minutes of the first half and in the second half was brilliant. We showed personality, we passed the ball and we did it. It's incredible what we have done, and now we just have to recover, celebrate tonight, and after that we'll see what happens."

Dortmund midfielder Bellingham was delighted at scoring his first Champions League goal but admitted he would've liked a win as well. “It’s a brilliant feeling to score my first Champions League goal, especially after having one ruled out last week," he said. "I’ll celebrate with my team-mates but I would have loved for my mum, dad and brothers to have been in the stands. For me it’s a nice personal moment, but winning is what counts and we didn’t do that tonight."