Manchester City’s destruction of Madrid has the feel of an era-defining triumph | Manchester City

For 15 years, Manchester City have had one ambition above all others. Since Sheikh Mansour acquired the club, the Champions League has been their goal. They’ve quested over high mountains and through dark forests. They’ve lost in quarter-finals and semi-finals, once in the final itself, thwarted by heroes and monsters, undone often as much by themselves as by external opponents. And now at last, they stand again just one game from glory, and in their way stands the ultimate test: Inter, the team lying third in Europe’s fourth-best league.

It’s often said at particularly dramatic…


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