The Cityzens and PSG played out the second of two Champions League semi-final ties on Tuesday evening.
Following on from their 2-1 win in the French capital last week, a brace from Riyad Mahrez was enough to ensure the Cityzen’s will play in their first UEFA European final since winning the Cup Winners’ Cup 51 years ago.
Riyad Mahrez scored two goals but this was a victory born of a defence superbly marshalled by Ruben Dias.
The Portuguese was an absolute rock at the back. He was the difference between a team that reaches the Champions League final and one that crumbles.
Against PSG, Dias was nothing short of phenomenal. Like John Terry in his pomp, Dias blocked shots with his head, physically dragged teammates into position and was consistently in exactly the right place with exactly the right touch.
Dias was presented with the Man of the Match award for a heroic display that saw him constantly putting his body on the line for Guardiola’s cause.
City fans, then, were all over Twitter praising Dias for his display. Here’s what some of them had to say on Twitter…
Is this performance by Dias the best champions league performance by a centre back ever?
— Luke (@Luke_MCFC) May 4, 2021
Dias isn’t human
— Jerrish (@MCFCJerrish) May 4, 2021
I’m convinced Ruben Dias isn’t human
— Sophie🤍 (@mcfc_soph) May 4, 2021
Ruben Dias genuine Ballon D’or contender, I won’t hear anything otherwise.
— Razhiel (@mvx_mcfc) May 4, 2021
— Whitey🤙🏻 (@Whitey4K_) May 4, 2021
Dias is a god
— Jake (@MCFC_Jake) May 4, 2021
— ATL⚽️Blue (@SkaToaster) May 4, 2021
How did we get so lucky to get Dias ? He is legit unreal #MCFC
— Ederson the gawd (@FPL_Ederson31) May 4, 2021