Manchester City coasted into the Champions League final after beating Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate.
Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, thanks to a brace from winger Riyad Mahrez, came after a 2-1 win in Paris last week.
Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course for a treble of trophies this season with the Premier League all-but-sealed and a Carabao Cup already in the bag after beating Tottenham Hotspur last month.
City defender Ruben Dias was awarded the man of the match award, the £51 million summer signing from Benfica turning in another masterclass at the back.
And his efforts were praised by Villa assistant head coach John Terry, who took to social media platform Instagram to deliver his verdict on Dias and City.
“Man City are simply too good,” Terry wrote on the photo and video-sharing application.
He then wrote of Dias: “How good was this man last night? Thanks for the shirt my friend.”
Attached was a picture of a signed Dias shirt, with the message ‘big respect to one of my biggest examples’.
Speaking after Tuesday’s game, City boss Guardiola revelled in an ‘incredible’ victory for his side.
“We beat a team that knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich,” he said.
“We struggled early on but were much better in the second half. It was an incredible, huge victory for us.
“What the players have done this season is incredible in the toughest year for everyone. Being so close to winning the Premier League and in the final of the Champions League is so good.”
He added: “My first words are for the players who didn’t play. I know how tough it is.
“My second are for our owners, chairman and all the people from Abu Dhabi. Then the players who played before for us – Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee.”
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