Manchester City have moved forward in the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over fellow Premier League competitors Crystal Palace in a fourth round match that will push Manchester City into the Round of 16 of the Cup. City looked confident after a few matches of poor and disappointing results, and the win was much needed for the players confidence and the fans faith.
City started off the scoring late in the first half by a sensational through ball from new arrival and first time starter Gabriel Jesus that led Raheem Sterling all the way, untouched to an easy finish to make it 1-0 at the 43’ minute mark. That Jesus and Sterling combination could become quite the dynamic attacking force in the Premier League over the future seasons and plays like that give City fans bags of confidence.
After a few attacks that Palace could not finish, City went on a counter attack in the 70th minute, that David Silva went alone down the field and slid a cheeky pass in between two Palace defenders that found the foot of Leroy Sane who slotted home a left footed strike to beat the keeper to give City a 2-0 lead.
The last goal would come in the 90th minute of action with Yaya Toure standing over a free kick that was placed about 10 yards outside of the box, which he was able to score a stunner that found the upper left corner of the goal to seal a 3-0 City victory over Crystal Palace and to move forward in the Cup competition.
Some key takeaways for City from a crucial match:
-Vincent Kompany came back, played well, and most importantly, looked healthy.
- Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling are not only the future of the club, but have a huge part to play in the present.
- Willy Caballero kept yet another clean sheet… please tell me you will play him in some non-Cup Pep Guardiola… please?
- Gabriel Jesus is a force to be reckoned with. In his first start, he managed to grab an assist and was nearly able to score as well.
- City grabbed some much needed momentum in an away match against an EPL opponent.
- Yaya Toure continues to show why he belongs in the team as much as possible.
So Manchester City advance into the FA Cup round of 16. Will this be Pep’s first bit of silverware for the club or will the club blowout in the coming rounds?