Man City 5-0 Swans: Royal blowout

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  • Swans give guard of honor
  • Four different goal scorers
  • Fabianski saves PK

Five different players scored as Manchester City hammered Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Fans flooded the pitch after the final whistle, many congregating around a surprised Benjamin Mendy in his return from injury.

Kevin De Bruyne scored the highlight reel goal, with David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Bernardo Silva also scoring for the Premier League champions in their first match since sealing the title through a Manchester United loss to West Brom.

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Man City put together another brilliant team goal to open the scoring, with Kevin De Bruyne playing Raheem Sterling toward the end line and David Silva burying Sterling’s cutback in the 12th minute.

Sterling made it 2-0 in the 16th minute, capping off a 1-2 between Fabian Delph and David Silva with a back post tap-in.

Lukasz Fabianski caught a curling effort from Bernardo Silva as the match reached the half hour mark. He’d stop De Bruyne two minutes later.

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De Bruyne scored an otherworldly goal from 25 yards in the 54th minute.

Swansea almost had an answer through Ki Sung-yeung’s corner kick, but Alfie Mawson headed over the bar.

Federico Fernandez conceded a penalty kick to Sterling, and Jesus saw his chance saved by Fabianski. That didn’t stop Bernardo Silva from carving a rebound goal for 4-0.

Benjamin Mendy made his long-awaited return from injury with a 75th minute substitution for Delph.

Fellow substitute Phil Foden took a play started by Yaya Toure and nearly found an assist when Fabianski caught Jesus’ header.

Jesus got his goal when he popped Toure’s scooped past over Fabianski in the 88th.

Guardiola hints at prominent role for Phil Foden

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Pep Guardiola has hinted that teenage sensation Phil Foden may play a prominent role in the final months of the season.

With Manchester City 16 points clear atop the Premier League table and virtually through to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League after their 4-0 first leg win against Basel, Guardiola could rotate his squad in the final months of the season.

Speaking to the media ahead of City’s UCL last 16 second leg versus Basel at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, Guardiola was asked about Foden featuring.

“We are delighted to have Phil Foden with us but he is still 17 years old and he’s a young guy,” Guardiola said. “Of course we are so happy with him and we have a lot of confidence with him, but maybe he will play tomorrow. We will decide on the line-up tomorrow.”

Foden is the future of English soccer. There’s no doubt about it.

He was the star of the U-17 World Cup and “The Stockport Iniesta” has been nurtured at City’s academy and has been ready for some time to make waves in the first team. He has already made 12 appearances this season in all competitions and after an injury set back which kept him out for a few months, Foden is now back in the first team and a regular contributor off the bench.

It would be smart of Guardiola to rest Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane for Wednesday’s game against Basel and even for their clash against Stoke City next Monday. City need just four more wins to secure the Premier League title and Guardiola’s main aim will now be to make sure his star players are as fresh as possible for the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Foden, Brahim Diaz and Oleksandr Zinchenko will all get plenty of minutes between now and the end of May and the three youngsters have already shown that can slot into this extraordinary City team seamlessly.

Report: Man City to offer Foden improved long-term contract

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Manchester City sees big value in the star of the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Phil Foden, recently returned from injury, is reportedly set to receive a big pay raise in a long-term contract offer from Man City. The 17-year-old English midfielder has impressed Pep Guardiola this season and was given his Man City debut last November in the UEFA Champions League against Feyenoord, with Guardiola inserting Foden into the starting lineup for the match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

[READ: Wenger deflects criticism of his job]

Foden starred for England’s U-17s last year as England won its first title at that level. Foden’s silky smooth passing and dribbling impressed many fans and media alike across the globe, leading to speculation that he could move abroad.

But it appears that Foden is in Guardiola’s plans, which can only mean good things for the youngster as he comes to terms with the rigors of the life of a professional at the highest level.

Pep pumped up as kids get away win

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Pep Guardiola says don’t even think about a quadruple — “Forget about it. That is not going to happen.” — but the fact remains a double is nearly on the doorstep.

Already unbeaten in league play with an 11-point lead on the field, Manchester City is now two round wins from a League Cup title following a quarterfinal win over Leicester City in penalty kicks.

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City did the job despite starting a bunch of kids and subbing in a few more. Oleksandr Zinchenko was impressive in the midfield, one of a few irregular starters including Tosin Adarabioyo, Brahim Diaz, and Phil Foden. Tom Dele-Bashiru and Lukas Nmecha subbed into the match, with the latter converting a penalty.

It’s all about trusting the kids — along with some steely vets in Yaya Toure and Ilkay Gundogan — and those youngsters probably should’ve won in regulation. Referee Bobby Madley gave a penalty to Demarai Gray for a very soft run-in with Kyle Walker in the sixth of eight minutes of stoppage time (in a 1-0 game where the goal came in the first half!).

Guardiola loved it, dancing on the field and gesticulating toward the visiting support. The kids had done it on the road.

From the BBC:

“I’m so happy. A lot of young players played. I’m so happy for all the players. The way we had to react was not easy, we were tired, we had a lot of young players, Danilo was playing at centre-back for the first time in his life. It’s not easy because Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were there.

“What I liked the most is how we reacted and overcame that situation. It’s a good indication for the future. They showed me very good things. How you react is important and there were no complaints from the players in extra time about how it was unfair that they had scored a late goal.”

The Danilo comment shows another wise play by Guardiola who, in an emergency, has now taken another player and earned him experience against good competition at multiple positions.

It’s hard not to glow about Man City right now. Even those who want to rip Guardiola for only coaching big budget teams can’t say much about a win like Tuesday’s at the King Power Stadium.