Manchester City made a powerful statement on the South Coast, thumping Southampton 4-1 to clinch a place in the FA Cup Semi-Final against Liverpool.
The citizens got off to a fast start, attacking from all sides. When Raheem Sterling jabbed home, they gained the result quickly. Southampton equalized on the stroke of half-time, but City dominated the second half, scoring three quick goals to put the game to bed.
Phil Foden, an English forward who came off the bench to score one of the best goals of the competition, was one of City’s goal scorers. In the 75th minute, he scored the third goal, following which Algerian star Riyad Mahrez clinched the victory with a fourth goal.
“Guardiola claimed Foden and Mahrez were instrumental in breaking down a tenacious Southampton defense.”
The manager had this to say about Phil Foden’s spectacular strike:
“There are a few, not many, but a few, and he is one of them who can score from there].”
“He has a tremendous shot, he’s quick, quick, and he’s a fantastic player — we know that.” He has a good sense of goal close to the box, and he was pretty good.
“Because of Southampton’s quality, it was a tight game, just like the Premier League games against them.” They are really well-organized, and they are quite aggressive in front of the ball, with a terrific build-up.
“However, after falling behind 2-1, we played much better in the second half, and in the end, Phil and Riyad’s quality made the difference.”
City will face either Nottingham Forest or Liverpool in the final, which will take place at the City Ground later on Sunday.
The mayor went on to say:
“We started well for the first 20-25 minutes, but we forgot to play for the last 15 minutes of the first half, knowing it would be difficult because Southampton is one of the best, most organized teams we’ve faced all season.”
“They put a lot of pressure on you, but the goal we let up was a result of our forgetting to play.”
“In terms of personality and play, the second half was much better. At 2-1, they had an opportunity for Che Adams, but the skill of our forwards made the difference.
“It wasn’t a comfortable win, but now we’re in the international break, there are two months left in the season, and we’re in three competitions – FA Cup semi-final, Champions League quarter-final, and league leader.” We understand that every game is a championship, and we understood it was critical not to lose today.”
Manchester City will face Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final for a place in the final at Wembley. On the other hand, the Reds defeated Nottingham Forest in the Championship thanks to Diego Jota’s lone goal.
Liverpool is aiming for a quadrupole this season, after winning the Carling Cup, finishing second in the Premier League table with a point differential, and qualifying for the Champions League quarterfinals.