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Champions League remains ‘big one’ for Manchester City after reaching quarter-finals

Manchester City booked their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals with a convincing win over Borussia Monchengladbach – and City fans will be hoping this is finally their year.

Goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan gave them a 2-0 second-leg win on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 aggregate success and take them into the last eight for the fourth year in a row.

However, Champions League success has eluded them, with a 2015-16 semi-final defeat by Real Madrid – when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge – the closest they have got.

Since Pep Guardiola replaced him for the following season, City have gone out in the last 16 to Monaco, followed by quarter-final exits against Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon.

“The first year I arrived here I was told we had to win the Champions League,” said Guardiola.

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