Manchester City are in Monday’s draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup after beating Cardiff 2-0 in South Wales today.
The quadruple dream is still alive for Pep Guardiola, but the match was one not short on controversial moments from disallowed goals to crazy refereeing decisions.
Despite these incidents, there was a clear gulf in class between City and Cardiff and there was only going to be one winner when the Blues arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Bernardo Silva stakes his claim for more minutes
City’s squad has tremendous depth and it’s easy for Blues to forget that the club has signed world class talent who are not regular faces in the starting eleven.
This is the case with Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva who arrived from Monaco in the summer and has rarely started in league games, more frequently appearing in cup games. However, his performance against Cardiff proved that he deserves more game time.
David Silva is currently dealing with issues off the pitch hence his absence from the team, but he is not getting any younger and some day, hopefully in a sky blue shirt, he will retire.
Bernardo is a player who can fill a Silva-sized hole in the team and his disallowed goal and the cross for Sterling’s header to make it 2-0 showed what he can do when given the chance. With the match being against a Championship side, he could have easily have decided to put 50 per cent effort into the match, however he gave it his all and staked his claim for a more regular spot in the starting eleven.
After that performance, expect more minutes for Bernardo Silva.
De Bruyne makes everything look easy
There could be a full article on Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick to open the scoring, but it was impressive how easily he got the ball underneath the Cardiff wall. The Belgian simply played a through ball into the goal, easy as you like.
Following the announcement of his contract extension, it’s great to see that City will long benefit from the talents of a player who is in the form of his life.
Pep Guardiola cares for his players
Following Joe Bennett’s tackle on Leroy Sané, which should have resulted in a red card, City fans were frustrated and angry, as was Pep Guardiola who was going crazy on the touchline.
At full-time Guardiola showed his frustrations to referee Lee Mason who did not have the best of games, showing that his man management skills and caring for his players are second to none.
Obviously, any manager would go and complain to the officials, but there was passion in Guardiola’s frustrations that I have never seen before and shows how committed a manager Pep is.