Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that his side is ready to take on some of the biggest sides in Europe after qualifying for the Champions League.
City went through to the group stage of the tournament after beating Steaua Bucharest 6-0 on aggregate after getting a 5-0 win in the first leg and a 1-0 win in the second leg on Wednesday in Romania. Midfielder Fabian Delph scored the lone goal of the game in the 56th minute. Joe Hart made his first appearance of the season after being dropped by Guardiola in the opening three matches.
“We are ready for the Champions League,” Guardiola said. “These players and club deserve it.
“It was not easy with 10 players behind the ball but in the second half we adjusted and attacked much better. The spirit was amazing. Now is a day to celebrate our qualification for the Champions League.”
Steaua didn’t have much of chance against the English side, but they will now head into the Europa league group stage instead, and manager Laurentiu Reghecampf tried to take some positives from the second leg meeting.
“We were more organized but the difference was the hugely valuable players City have,” Reghecampf said.
“It was a beautiful experience for us. We have lots to learn. We have met one of the most powerful teams in Europe and I hope we will have a better route in the Europa League.”
The Champions League group stage draw takes place on Thursday in Monaco.