Swansea Metropolis 1-3 Manchester Metropolis: Pep Guardiola’s males go into document books

Swansea Metropolis 1-3 Manchester Metropolis: Pep Guardiola’s males go into document books

Pep Guardiola hailed his “particular gamers” as Manchester Metropolis rewrote English soccer’s document books with a cushty 3-1 victory at Swansea Metropolis that despatched them into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus have been on the right track as Guardiola’s group received a fifteenth sport in a row in all competitions, with Swansea pulling one again late on by way of debutant Morgan Whittaker.

This triumph means Manchester Metropolis have set a brand new document for successive home wins by an English top-flight membership, surpassing the earlier better of 14 achieved by the Preston group of 1891-92 and the 1987-88 Arsenal aspect.

“It reveals how particular these gamers are,” stated Guardiola.

“And we consider the subsequent one. I do know we broke a document of all-time. To do what now we have accomplished to this point is kind of outstanding.

“The document will likely be damaged for positive, as a result of sports activities is like this, however it means lots, to do what now we have accomplished within the winter time and Christmas time is kind of outstanding.

“It’s the hardest time, however what’s vital is the way in which we’re nonetheless enjoying with our consistency.”

Having eased to their newest victory, Guardiola’s males stay in rivalry for a quadruple whereas Swansea, who’re third within the Championship, are left to give attention to their bid to hitch Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League subsequent season.

This was an early style of the dimensions of the duty they’ll face ought to they safe promotion in Might – even when not each opponent will likely be as formidable as the present Premier League leaders.

Manchester Metropolis haven’t misplaced since November and by no means appeared like getting overwhelmed right here, as they took cost from the outset and went forward on the half hour when Walker’s cross missed everybody in a crowded penalty space and rolled into the web.

If the objective was just a little delicate, it was not more than the guests deserved given their management.

A Swansea revival appeared unlikely, and any slim house hopes have been rapidly extinguished within the second half.

First Sterling discovered time and house to roll a shot low into the underside nook of the web, then Jesus turned and steered house from shut vary.

Swansea’s software was rewarded late on when Whittaker, who had solely been on the pitch 12 minutes, completed neatly from Ryan Manning’s cross.

Guardiola’s aspect within the groove

The Manchester Metropolis juggernaut rolls on.

Throughout their record-breaking run of victories, the lads from Etihad Stadium have scored 40 objectives and conceded simply 5.

But Guardiola’s group had made laborious work of overcoming League Two Cheltenham City within the earlier spherical of the cup, and the Spaniard had warned earlier than this tie {that a} stern examination awaited in south Wales.

He had not forgotten 2018-19, when Graham Potter’s Swansea gave Manchester Metropolis a big scare on this floor within the FA Cup quarter-finals, going 2-0 up solely to lose an exciting contest 3-2.

Guardiola acknowledged that Sergio Aguero’s late winner that day should have been disallowed – whereas his aspect have been additionally awarded a doubtful penalty – however there was nothing contentious about this success.

Manchester Metropolis went on to raise the FA Cup – as a part of a home treble – after their final victory in Swansea, and are actually simply three wins away from claiming the trophy as soon as extra.

They’re already by way of to the Carabao Cup ultimate – they face Tottenham in April – and are 5 factors clear on the prime of the Premier League with a sport in hand.

In addition they stay within the Champions League, with Borussia Monchengladbach to return within the final 16, so the prospect of an unprecedented quadruple lives on.

Manchester Metropolis will, although, want to beat sterner checks than this if they’re to realize the extraordinary.

Swansea couldn’t preserve the ball as they prefer to and due to this fact discovered themselves defending for lengthy spells, with Jesus seeing a shot parried and sending one other large early on.

Aymeric Laporte headed large and Ferran Torres’ shot from a good angle was nicely saved by Freddie Woodman.

Swansea have been creaking, however wouldn’t have anticipated to be undone when Jesus and Torres failed to attach with Walker’s low cross from the proper.

However as he waited for a contact, Woodman was left wrongfooted because the ball evaded everybody and went in on the far publish.

Gabriel Jesus scored his eighth goal of the season from close range
Gabriel Jesus scored his eighth objective of the season from shut vary

Swansea tried to reply, with Jay Fulton and Marc Guehi heading large both aspect of a candy transfer which ended with Eric Garcia blocking Jamal Lowe’s shot.

Any likelihood of a revival disappeared quickly after the restart as Swansea have been opened up and Rodrigo discovered Sterling on the left flank.

The England ahead had an age during which to select his spot and made no mistake, stroking the ball past the helpless Woodman to assert a twelfth objective of the season.

Three minutes later got here the third objective, as Bernardo Silva discovered Jesus within the penalty space and he turned earlier than guiding house from point-blank vary.

Whittaker, a January signing from Derby County, was one in all a raft of second-half Swansea substitutes.

The 20-year-old scored solely his second objective in senior soccer with virtually his first contact in a Swansea shirt, as he managed Manning’s centre and rolled a shot into the underside nook.

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper:

“Within the first half the tone of the was set pretty rapidly, however we did have some half-decent moments.

“However we have been naive with how we began the second half, notably the objectives we gave away, and a very robust problem turned massively robust after that and the sport noticed itself out.

“We definitely did not disguise. The rhythm of the sport stayed the identical, however we saved going. We did not concede one other objective and we scored a objective. We have to play in opposition to and see among the finest groups on the planet dwell.

“We’ll all the time study from what we do, within the robust moments in addition to the highs, and we’ll look to take it into our sport going ahead.”

Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola:

“More than happy for the way in which the group carried out, all of them. We have been snug with the ball however each time they [Swansea] broke they pressed – they are a sturdy group.

“We take the sport critically and management the sturdy factors and created numerous probabilities. Typically we performed nicely.”

Participant of the match

Gabriel JesusGabriel Jesus

Swansea Metropolis

  1. Squad quantity17Participant identifyWhittaker

  2. Squad quantity6Participant identifyFulton

  3. Squad quantity11Participant identifyMorris

  4. Squad quantity9Participant identifyLowe

  5. Squad quantity14Participant identifyHourihane

  6. Squad quantity5Participant identifyMarc Guehi

  7. Squad quantity22Participant identifyLatibeaudiere

  8. Squad quantity19Participant identifyArriola

  9. Squad quantity1Participant identifyWoodman

  10. Squad quantity8Participant identifyGrimes

  11. Squad quantity24Participant identifyBidwell

  12. Squad quantity44Participant identifyCabango

  13. Squad quantity21Participant identifyDhanda

  14. Squad quantity3Participant identifyManning

  15. Squad quantity23Participant identifyRoberts

  16. Squad quantity34Participant identifyFreeman

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Woodman
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 44CabangoBooked at 37mins
  • 5GuehiSubstituted forBidwellat 66′minutes
  • 23RobertsSubstituted forFreemanat 66′minutes
  • 6Fulton
  • 8Grimes
  • 3Manning
  • 21DhandaBooked at 70minsSubstituted forHourihaneat 77′minutes
  • 9LoweSubstituted forArriolaat 65′minutes
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forWhittakerat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bennett
  • 10A Ayew
  • 14Hourihane
  • 17Whittaker
  • 19Arriola
  • 24Bidwell
  • 26Naughton
  • 34Freeman
  • 42Webb

Man Metropolis

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Steffen
  • 2Walker
  • 50García
  • 14Laporte
  • 22Mendy
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forFodenat 66′minutes
  • 16RodriSubstituted forGomesat 72′minutes
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forDoyleat 57′minutes
  • 21Torres
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forMahrezat 56′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 26Mahrez
  • 27Cancelo
  • 31Ederson
  • 47Foden
  • 69Doyle
  • 81Gomes
  • 82Bernabé

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