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Five Things We Learned: Swansea 1-3 Manchester City (FA Cup)

Manchester City remain in the hunt of the ultimate quadruple of silverware as they secured a 3-1 win at Swansea to seal a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Manchester City remain in the hunt of the ultimate quadruple of silverware as they secured a 3-1 win at Swansea to seal a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

It was business as usual for Pep Guardiola's side as they cruised past Steve Cooper's side with goals from Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus enough to keep hopes up of a potential quadruple of silverware this season.

Here are five things we learned from a pivotal win in Wales...


Gabriel Jesus - Too little too late?

He isn't Sergio Agüero's successor. He is nowhere near as prolific as the Argentine. He isn't the man Pep can rely on to net 30+ goals a season. But Gabriel Jesus isn't giving up anytime soon.

Amid all the talk about the arrival of a world-class centre-forward to the Etihad in the summer, Jesus keeps finding the net whenever called upon. Though his numbers have improved in recent weeks, Pep has stuck to a rather fluid 4-3-3 setup with a false number nine, such as Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.

The 23-year-old has his best years ahead of him, and with Agüero facing fitness issues, it remains to be seen what lies in store for the Brazilian international past this season. Does he still have a future as a striker at City?

Kyle Walker - The forgotten man

Kyle Walker has been dethroned off the right-back spot by the brilliant João Cancelo, whose emergence during recent months has been key to City's position in the league table.

Walker had been criticised for misjudgements in and around the penalty area earlier this season, and with Cancelo impressing week after week, a way back into the first-team won't come easy for the 30-year-old,

However, in a tricky test against a dangerous Swansea side, Walker reminded the City faithful by commanding the right flank with his strength and pace, even notching his second goal of the season.

Rodri - First name on the teamsheet

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His trajectory has been on the up in recent months and his improvement functioning in the middle of the park has been nothing short of sensational.

The Spaniard has been the fulcrum of the side, providing the balance between attack and defence and though he's taken a year-and-a-half to adjust to the English game, boy was it worth the wait!

It'd be a devastating blow for the squad if the injury he suffered at the back end of the tie proves to be a serious one with the games coming thick and fast for the Sky Blues.

Complacency who?

There were eyebrows raised when the lineup for the game was announced. Pep stuck with his go-to-midfield trio, who've coped unbelievably well with the absence of Kevin De Bruyne.

The manager is taking each game as it comes, and despite the series of injury and COVID related issues he's had to deal with, we don't seem him moaning and complaining in his post-match interviews.

Pep deserves a large amount of credit for City's turnaround after a horror start to the campaign, and with as settled a backline as any in world football and with De Bruyne and Agüero yet to return to action, he'll have only one thing on his mind - a clean sweep of trophies. But then again, 'one game at a time'....

Quadruple - Could it happen?

Could it happen? In theory, yes. In reality, well, why not? Think about it.

With our ability to breach any backline with the resources available coupled with our newfound defensive resilience, this is perhaps, City's best shot at finally breaking their European duck by going all the way in the Champions League.

A solid attack wins you games, but a solid defence wins you trophies. City have managed to ease through the pile of fixtures with a proper blend of the two and if they can maintain something anywhere near as good as what they've got going on, crack open the champagne already!


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