Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero claimed the win over Paris St-Germain was “especially important” for departing boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant winner with 14 minutes remaining handed City a 1-0 Champions League quarter-final second leg win over Laurent Blanc’s men and sent City into the last four via a 3-2 aggregate success.
And the significance of the win for Pellegrini, who will leave City next month and be replaced by Pep Guardiola, was not lost on Aguero, who missed a first-half penalty.
“It is important for him (Pellegrini) and for everybody, but especially for him. We know he won’t be here the next season so I guess he must be very happy. I hope we can go further,” said Aguero.
Aguero also spoke about his off-target effort from 12 yards and says the missed penalty is already consigned to history.
“Missing a penalty is obviously not a good thing, but fortunately it’s all gone now,” Aguero added on the club’s website. “The important thing is that we played well and we are very happy.
“PSG are a good team with good players. We had a good game in Paris and here, we did what we had to do and, luckily, we got the victory.
“In order to win the Champions League you have to play against the best teams and today we played against one of them.”