In the English League Cup, Manchester City practically made it clear to the rivals against city rivals Manchester United in the first leg. The “Skyblues” won 3-1 at Old Trafford and made the derby failure in the Premier League a month ago.
The cornerstone for the clear success was an absolute dream goal. The game was completely balanced until the 17th minute, but then city wing Bernardo Silva was completely forgotten in the half-right position. The Portuguese used the free space, moved to the middle and hammered the ball into the top left corner 1: 0.
What followed was a demonstration of power: City let the ball and opponent run and increased until the break by Riyad Mahrez and an own goal by Andreas Pereira to 3: 0. It could have been worse for United, with the defending champion shooting up several big chances until half-time. After the break, the “Citizens” then shifted down a gear, so that the United came in the 73rd minute through Marcus Rashford to the 1: 3 result cosmetic.
“The first few minutes were very tight, but then we took the lead through an excellent goal and played really well,” Guardiola said happily after the game and became enthusiastic. «It was really an incredible hit. Bernardo played incredibly well, as always. He is a fantastic player. »
The city trainer also revealed his decisive tactic. «We played without a real striker (Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero sat on the bench) because I wanted to prevent their quick and dangerous counterattack. It works very well with an additional passable player. It’s no secret. »
The mood of United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was different. «It was the worst half we have ever played. We let City play and our heads hung. The reaction in the second half was okay, »said the Norwegian after the game. However, Solskjaer has not yet given up hope of reaching the final: “Although it is a steep mountain to climb – it is not over yet.”
At Guardiola it sounded similar: «In the end it is a good result for us. But we’re not through yet, after all, the opponent’s name is United. Last season they showed against PSG that they could still do something like that. ”In the Champions League round of 16, the“ Red Devils ”prevailed after a 1-3 home defeat thanks to a 2-0 victory in Paris. (Pre)