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

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

Pep Guardiola hailed his “particular gamers” as Manchester Metropolis rewrote English soccer’s file 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 had been on course as Guardiola’s staff gained a fifteenth sport in a row in all competitions, with Swansea pulling one again late on by means of debutant Morgan Whittaker.

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

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

“And we consider the following one. I do know we broke a file of all-time. To do what we now have accomplished to date is kind of outstanding.

“The file shall be damaged for certain, as a result of sports activities is like this, nevertheless it means quite a bit, to do what we now have accomplished within the winter time and Christmas time is kind of outstanding.

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

Having eased to their newest victory, Guardiola’s males stay in competition for a quadruple whereas Swansea, who’re third within the Championship, are left to deal with their bid to affix 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 shall be as formidable as the present Premier League leaders.

Manchester Metropolis haven’t misplaced since November and by no means seemed 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 purpose was somewhat gentle, it was not more than the guests deserved given their management.

A Swansea revival seemed unlikely, and any slim dwelling hopes had been shortly 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 dwelling from shut vary.

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

Guardiola’s facet within the groove

The Manchester Metropolis juggernaut rolls on.

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

But Guardiola’s staff had made exhausting 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 exhilarating contest 3-2.

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

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

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

Additionally they stay within the Champions League, with Borussia Monchengladbach to come back within the final 16, so the prospect of an unprecedented quadruple lives on.

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

Swansea couldn’t preserve the ball as they wish to and subsequently discovered themselves defending for lengthy spells, with Jesus seeing a shot parried and sending one other broad early on.

Aymeric Laporte headed broad and Ferran Torres’ shot from a decent angle was effectively saved by Freddie Woodman.

Swansea had 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 put up.

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

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

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

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

Three minutes later got here the third purpose, as Bernardo Silva discovered Jesus within the penalty space and he turned earlier than guiding dwelling 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 purpose 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 shortly, however we did have some half-decent moments.

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

“We definitely did not cover. The rhythm of the sport stayed the identical, however we saved going. We did not concede one other purpose and we scored a purpose. We have to play towards and see probably the greatest groups on this 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 staff carried out, all of them. We had been snug with the ball however each time they [Swansea] broke they pressed – they are a robust staff.

“We take the sport critically and management the robust factors and created a number of possibilities. Usually we performed effectively.”

Participant of the match

Gabriel JesusGabriel Jesus

Swansea Metropolis

  1. Squad quantity17Participant titleWhittaker

  2. Squad quantity6Participant titleFulton

  3. Squad quantity11Participant titleMorris

  4. Squad quantity9Participant titleLowe

  5. Squad quantity14Participant titleHourihane

  6. Squad quantity5Participant titleMarc Guehi

  7. Squad quantity22Participant titleLatibeaudiere

  8. Squad quantity19Participant titleArriola

  9. Squad quantity1Participant titleWoodman

  10. Squad quantity8Participant titleGrimes

  11. Squad quantity24Participant titleBidwell

  12. Squad quantity44Participant titleCabango

  13. Squad quantity21Participant titleDhanda

  14. Squad quantity3Participant titleManning

  15. Squad quantity23Participant titleRoberts

  16. Squad quantity34Participant titleFreeman

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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