Pep Guardiola aimed a thinly-veiled dig at Manchester United, claiming their Champions League success was only down to John Terry’s slip.
The Manchester City boss was speaking moments after watching his side reach the final of the competition for the very first time in their history.
They earned a spot in the Istanbul showpiece with a 2-0 second leg victory earning them a 4-1 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain.
The soon-to-be-crowned Premier League champions came into the Etihad clash in control of the last-four tie having won 2-1 in Paris last week.
And City had little trouble putting away last year’s finalists with a brace from Riyad Mahrez earning their safe passage.
They will meet either Real Madrid or Chelsea in this month’s final and Guardiola revelled in the fact his side had reached that landmark in such a difficult competition.
But in his post-match press conference, he couldn’t help but dig out rivals United, suggesting their 2008 title was only down to the Chelsea skipper’s infamous slip in the Moscow rain.
Terry had the chance to win the trophy during the penalty shootout, only to slip as he took his spot-kick, allowing United to ultimately lift their fourth European Cup.
“Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years,” he told BT Sport.
“Every day these guys have been consistent and this is remarkable. We scored a goal through the hips in the first game, and today Marquinhos hit the bar in the first half – you can be out for little details.
“United won a title because of John Terry’s slip and in the last minute against Bayern Munich and Real won a title against Atletico in the 93rd minute. It’s a competition that is so difficult and something in the stars is involved in that.”
Rio Ferdinand was part of the BT Sport coverage and quickly bit back at the City boss belittling the treble they could yet win this term.
Any result this weekend will see them win the Premier League title, while they already have the Carabao Cup after beating Tottenham at Wembley last month.
But Ferdinand jested in reference to United’s haul of the league title, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999: “It’s not the real treble, but it would be a fantastic achievement.”
He did heap praise on City however, adding: They are (creating history) and they are doing it in a fantastic manner, the way they play football. Listen, I am not a Man City fan, everyone knows that, but I enjoy watching them play football.”