Swansea City 2
Manchester City 3 Swans Cause a Flap
Saturday 16th March 2019 :
Keith Westbrook for GYKO at the Liberty Stadium
Sergio Aguero kept alive
Manchester City’s on track for a clean sweep of
honours this season as he led a stunning recovery,
with the Premier League leaders fighting back from
the brink against Swansea.
The Argentine striker scored twice to keep alive
City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple by
rounding off a rousing comeback as they overcame a
deficit to beat Swansea 3-2 and secure a place in
the FA Cup semi-finals.
As Aguero watched from the substitute’ bench,
Swansea surged into a first-half lead but then
emerged as City’s saviour by setting up his team’s
first goal before completing the comeback with two
late goals. They were enough to maintain the League
Cup winners’ ambitions of further Premier League, FA
Cup and Champions League glory this season.
Even though City started the game with Sterling and
Aguero on the substitutes’ bench, it looked as if it
would be business as usual for the Premier League
leaders. Guardiola’s players had run rings round
Schalke in a 7-0 Champions League victory and looked
intent on a repeat performance against their
Championship opponents as City skipper David Silva
settled into his play-making stride.
City would have been ahead in the fifth minute but
for a fine save by Kristoffer Nordfeldt who pushed
away a powerful shot from Leroy Sane before
repeating the trick to keep out Bernardo Silva’s
Despite City’s early dominance, Swansea were clearly
going to be no pushovers, especially when they
worked out that attack would be the best form of
defence, with a pass-and-move game that even
Guardiola would have enjoyed.
Roared on by vociferous support, they warmed to the
task of making life uncomfortable for the visiting
defence before the breakthrough arrived thanks to a
dreadful misjudgement by England midfielder Fabian
Delph, sent off when City tumbled out of last
season’s FA Cup at Wigan, conceded a penalty that
put Swansea in command of this tie in the
21stminute.He was caught flat-footed when Connor
Roberts darted into the penalty box taking control
of Mike van der Hoorn’s crossfield ball and fouled
the Wales international wing-back.
Swansea, without regular penalty-taker and leading
scorer Oli McBurnie due to injury, had missed four
out of seven penalties this season, but centre-back
Matt Grimes confidently converted, sending the ball
high into the net as Ederson guessed incorrectly
dived to his left.
It was Grimes’s first goal in three-and-a-half years
with Swansea but he took over penalty duties
following Bersant Celina’s embarrassing spot-kick
miss in a 3-0 midweek defeat at West Bromwich
Swansea fans had not seen anything like it since
they were beating the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool
last season in the ultimately unsuccessful fight to
stay in the Premier League.
Things rapidly went from bad to worse for the
Premier League leaders in the 29th minute as
Guardiola’s defence disintegrated following a
nine-pass move involving seven Swansea players.
Bersant Celina, who had been the butt of social
media jokes since his midweek spot-kick miscue,
rounded off a sequence of passes to curl the ball
delightfully beyond Ederson.
Swansea had a lucky escape when the ball went just
wide of their goal after a spot of goalmouth pinball
that had Guardiola looking bamboozled.
Aymeric Laporte was lucky not to see read when he
lost his temper following referee Andre Marriner’s
half-time whistle and was booked for shoving Swansea
winger Wayne Routlege in the chest.
Guardiola eventually sent on Raheem Sterling on in
place of Sane in the 57th minute and Sergio Ageuro
in place of Riyayd Mahrez six minutes later and it
paid off soon after as City hit back.
It was entertainment of the highest order, with
neither defence dominating, and City’s pressure was
rewarded in the 69th minute when Silva thumped the
ball past Nordfeldt after he was teed up by Aguero
to set up a tense finale.
City pressure was rewarded in the 69th minute when
Bernardo Silva hit a crisp shot beyond Nordfeldt.
It was developing into a humdinger of a cup tie but
City really raised their game and Guardiola’s side
were repeatedly kept at bay by the heroics of
Nordfeldt who had the Spanish coach holding his head
in his hands in disbelief with one save.
The mounting pressure eventually told and Aguero got
the better of Nordfeldt with a spot-kick which hit a
post before going in off the keeper’s legs in the
78th minute after Sterling was fouled by Cameron
Carter Vickers. Sergio Aguero had the final word in
the 89th minute with a diving header from a Bernado
cross to complete a rousing comeback and a place in
the semi finals.
Swansea (4-3-3): Nordfeldt;
Roberts, Van der Hoorn, Grimes, Carter-Vickers;
Fulton (Harries 85), Byers (John 73),
Routledge; Dyer (Asoro 61), Celina, James
Subs not used: Mulder, McKay, Dhanda,
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi,
Laporte, Delph (Zinchenko 57); B Silva, Gundogan , D
Silva; Mahrez (Aguero 64), Jesus, Sane (Sterling
Subs not used: Muric, Danilo, Foden, Garcia.
Ref: Andre Mariner
7 Schalke 0 Germans Bombed Out
Tuesday 12th March 2019 : GYKO
at The Etihad
Pep Guardiola has described his
Manchester City side as Champions League “teenagers”
but this European campaign could yet see them write
their coming-of-age story.
Other clubs in Friday’s quarter-final draw may have
longer and more illustrious histories in this
competition but, on the evidence of this emphatic
7-0 win over Schalke 04, few have the sheer quality
that City possess. Admittedly, Schalke are no great
shakes. Domenico Tedesco’s side have now lost seven
of their last nine games and occupy a precarious
position domestically, just a few places above the
Bundesliga’s relegation zone.
But this was still the side which led a 10-man City
2-1 with five minutes remaining in the first leg.
Even though Guardiola’s men would eventually win
that first leg 3-2, there was still a job to finish
in this return at the Etihad. But unlike in Madrid
or in Paris, there would be no comeback against the
odds. A first-half Sergio Aguero brace and then a
goal apiece for Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling,
Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus allowed
City to book their place in the last eight with
For those who struggle with their arithmatic, the
aggregate score finished 10-2. On this basis, there
will be few opponents in the quarter-finals who
would fancy themselves against City and few who City
themselves will feel in any way intimidated by.
Guardiola suggested on Monday that City’s supporters
were beginning to warm towards the Champions League
as a competition after years of protest against
organisers Uefa, but the boos for the pre-match
anthem rang around the Eithad louder than ever. That
was perhaps to be expected, less than a week after
European football’s governing body opened an
investigation into City’s compliance with Financial
Fair Play. If found guilty, City are likely to be
severely punished and potentially banned from next
season’s competition. All the more reason, then, to
go all the way this year.
But City did not start with their usual fluency. In
an oddly sedate opening half-hour, Guardiola’s side
dominated but only threatened the once when Aguero,
at close range, turned Raheem Sterling’s low cross
against the outside of the post and wide.
Schalke stayed in the game until the final 10
minutes of the first half, at which point they
quickly collapsed. City were three up by the break.
The first came from the penalty spot, with Aguero
converting a ‘Panenka’ after Bernardo Silva had been
hauled down by Jeffrey Bruma. Two minutes later,
Aguero had another, latching onto Sterling’s
back-heel inside the box and finishing through
goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann’s legs.
And despite a lengthy VAR check following the second
goal, which eventually confirmed Sterling was not
offside in the build-up, there was still time for
another before the interval.
Like in the first leg, Sané came back to bite the
club that reared him, sliding a composed finish past
Fahrmann after being slipped in by Oleksandr
Zinchenko. Sané believed he had scored his second of
the night not long after the two teams re-emerged
but, having rounded Fahrmann and finished into an
empty net, he was correctly judged to be offside,
with the assistant’s decision confirmed by VAR.
The third video referral of the night would follow a
minute later but this one would end favourably for
City. Sterling was initially flagged offside after
dispatching Sané’s devilish cross into the top
left-hand corner but the decision was overturned and
Guardiola’s side had their fourth.
Guardiola was now comfortable enough to change
things around. Aguero and captain David Silva were
replaced by Jesus and Foden. By the time Fabian
Delph could enter the fray, City had five. Sané was
central to it again. The Schalke old boy found space
for Zinchenko to pass into down the left and then,
upon receiving possession, picked out Bernardo as he
arrived late into the box. A sweeping, first-time
finish was placed just out of Fahrmann’s reach.
The Etihad crowd could have been forgiven for being
blasé about any further goals but their biggest
cheer of the evening was saved for Foden. The
prodigy’s sixth senior goal came when he latched
onto Sané’s neat pass in behind, rounded Fahrmann
and applied the finish.
The Schalke goalkeeper was not covering himself in
glory but he will be most disappointed about the
preventable seventh. Jesus’ strike from the edge of
the area was not approaching him at pace but he mis-timed
his dive, allowing the ball to slip underneath him.
As soon as the 90 minutes was up, referee Clement
Turpin blew for full time. It was only mercy that
Schalke were shown all night
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson;
Danilo, Walker, Laporte (Delph 72), Zinchenko;
Bernardo Silva, Gundogan, Silva (Foden 64);
Sterling, Aguero (Gabriel Jesus 64), Sane
Unused subs: Muric, Stones, Mahrez, Humphreys
3 Watford 1 Stirling Performance
Saturday 10th March 2019 :
GYKO at the Etihad
Title races as close as this one
are often won and lost by fine margins, so how many
in Manchester and Merseyside will wonder ‘what if’
about Raheem Sterling’s first of three goals?
Manchester City will end a difficult week on top of
the Premier League table after this deserved 3-1
victory over Watford, courtesy of a 13-minute
hat-trick by the sublime Sterling. The champions are
now four points clear of Liverpool, who play Burnley
at Anfield on Sunday.
Yet Javi Gracia - and perhaps also Jurgen Klopp -
will ask what might have been had Sterling’s
controversial first been ruled out for offside. The
assistant initially flagged but, after some delay,
was overruled by referee Paul Tierney. A touch by
Daryl Janmaat, attempting to block the pass to
Sterling, had proved crucial. Watford had defended
well up to that point, the opening minute of the
second half, but quickly fell apart once behind.
That being said, City deserved to take all three
points after a typically dominant home display.
Gerard Deulofeu found a consolation for the visitors
immediately after coming on as a substitute but they
offered little else.
Gracia had clearly come for a point, naming a
much-changed line-up from last week’s win at
Leicester City, and he will claim he could have left
with one had the contentious opener not stood.
Watford made a total of seven changes, with next
weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final against Crystal
Palace in mind. The likes of Troy Deeney, Deulofeu
and Jose Holebas were all among the substitutes.
City, meanwhile, were missing Kevin De Bruyne, John
Stones and Fernandinho but Riyad Mahrez was rewarded
for his winner at Bournemouth with a place in the
starting line-up and he almost fashioned an early
After stepping inside onto his left foot, the
Algerian span a devilish cross around Watford’s
backline and towards David Silva, who connected with
a diving header which dropped inches wide of the far
Guardiola described Watford as “tenacious” in his
programme notes and it was proving to be a fair
assessment. Gracia’s visitors had an answer to
almost everything City threw at them in the opening
45 minutes but on the half hour mark, they should
have fallen behind.
Sergio Aguero started the day with 10 goals in his
last six appearances against Watford, including two
hat-tricks, but spurned a chance to score an 11th
when he headed Bernardo Silva’s cross wide when six
yards out and in space. It would be City’s best
chance of the half against a visiting side whose
excellent defensive work was best illustrated not
long after the Aguero chance. Janmaat’s inch-perfect
recovery tackle inside the penalty area on Sterling,
who had briefly breached Watford’s backline.
Janmaat and Sterling would clash again at the start
of the second half though and Watford’s hard work
would suddenly be undone. The City winger was
clearly in offside position when he received
Aguero’s lay-off and was correctly flagged after
slotting past Ben Foster. But following much
deliberation with the assistant in question, Tierney
awarded a goal. Janmaat, it appeared, had touched
the ball on to Sterling while attempting to block
the Aguero’s chested pass. Was this touch a
deliberate attempt to play the ball? The Watford
players argued not but Tierney’s mind was made up.
City led in controversial circumstances and their
opponents quickly collapsed.
Sterling scored his second moments after the
re-start, converting Mahrez’s square ball into the
six-yard box having found space at the far post. No
doubt about it, this time. He had remained in an
onside position. And though the controversy of
Sterling’s first provided this game’s major talking
point, the brilliance of his third should not be
overlooked. Sterling got the better of Janmaat
this time, peeling off then darting behind to pick
up Silva’s through ball. A cut inside allowed him to
beat the full-back and Christian Kabasele before
lifting the ball over Foster.
Gracia responded by bringing both Deeney and
Deulofeu on and in the very next passage of the
play, the two substitutes combined for a consolation
goal. After a long Foster punt upfield, Kompany was
too easily beaten in the air by Deeney. Nicolas
Otamendi then failed to follow up the second ball
and allowed Deulofeu to convert past a diving
Ederson with his first touch.
There would be no dramatic comeback, though. City
controlled the remainder, ensuring they would put
pressure on Liverpool to match their three points,
thanks both to Sterling’s brilliance but also a
slice of good fortune.
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson;
Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko; B. Silva,
Gundogan, D. Silva; Mahrez (Foden 90), Aguero (Jesus
80), Sterling (Sane 65)
Subs: Danilo, Laporte, Delph, Muric
Manchester City 1 South Coast
Saturday 2nd March 2019 :
Terry Kemp for GYKO at the Vitality Stadium
Over to you, Liverpool. A fifth
straight league victory for Manchester City,
courtesy of Riyad Mahrez’s second-half goal, means
that Pep Guardiola’s side can enjoy the view from
the top of the table and in the process crank up the
pressure on their title rivals, who face Everton
tomorrow. It was a scrappy goal and a narrow victory
but even a man with Guardiola’s footballing
principles will accept that it is all about results
and not aesthetics at this stage of the season.
The goal felt like an important one for Mahrez and
not just City. It was the club-record signing’s
first in the league in almost three months and came
on the back of a disappointing performance in
midweek, when he was taken off early in the second
half. His opportunity here came from the bench,
following a first-half injury to Kevin De Bruyne,
and there was a mixture of jubilation and relief in
the celebration that followed when the Algerian beat
Artur Boruc at his near post.
Mahrez very nearly added a second on a day when
Bournemouth failed to register an attempt on goal of
any description and never even managed to win a
corner. It was a strange game in that respect and
means that the scoreline looks rather misleading.
Bournemouth, who have now gone five games without a
win, barely got out of their half.
City’s dominance came as no surprise. They were in
total control from the outset, giving Bournemouth
only fleeting glimpses of the ball in what felt like
an attack against defence training exercise. Yet for
all City’s possession – 83% by the interval – they
struggled to create clear chances in the first half
and registered only one effort on target. That was a
John Stones header that provided Artur Boruc with
the most routine of saves.
Guardiola looked frustrated at times in that opening
45 minutes and his mood was not helped by the sight
of De Bruyne pulling up with an injury on the stroke
of half-time. It appeared to be a muscle problem and
De Bruyne knew straight away that he was unable to
continue – he walked towards the touchline before
Mahrez had chance to put his shirt on.
By that stage Eddie Howe was entitled to be
reasonably happy with how things were panning out.
Bournemouth had not come remotely close to scoring
but they had succeeded in frustrating City. The home
team were set up in a 5-4-1 formation, with
22-year-old Jack Simpson making his first Premier
League appearance of the season in the middle of a
three-man central defence, and they were rarely
pulled out of position.
Indeed, it says everything about the first half that
Nicolas Otamendi was City’s most dangerous player in
that period. The central defender glanced an early
header wide and later hooked an acrobatic volley
from De Bruyne’s corner just over the bar. City’s
best first-half chance fell to David Silva, who
steered a first-time left-footed shot wide following
a lovely exchange between Bernardo Silva and De
Bruyne on the City right.
The second half was only three minutes old when
Guardiola made another change, with Stones making
way for Vincent Kompany after what appeared to be
another injury. The pattern of the game remained the
same and in that sense in was no real surprise when
the pressure eventually told and City took the lead.
Oleksandr Zinchenko and David Silva were heavily
involved, their neat exchange on the left leading to
a foray into the Bournemouth penalty area that ended
with the ball breaking to the Spaniard again as
Charlie Daniels tried to get a foot in to clear.
David Silva then shifted the ball on to Mahrez at
the far post and the winger prodded a low
right-footed shot past Boruc.
Bournemouth now surely had to change their game
plan. The problem, however, remained the same: how
to get the ball? Raheem Sterling, running on to
Bernardo Silva’s threaded pass, scampered in behind
Simpson but his right-footed shot, with the angle
slightly against him, was turned behind by Boruc.
Sergio Agüero, set up by Sterling, then stabbed an
effort with the outside of his boot that Boruc
managed to hold.
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