Manchester City eased their way into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Swansea City.
It was the perfect preparation for their huge Premier League clash with Tottenham, as Pep Guardiola was able to rest key stars early on in the second period.
City stars celebrate during their win over SwanseaAFP
It was only 1-0 at half-time of the encounter and even then the opener was somewhat fortuitous.
Right-back Kyle Walker saw his cross to the centre of the six-yard box bounce into the back of the net with Ferran Torres’ run and slide putting off goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
Swans boss Steve Cooper would have been happy with his side at the break but it all fell apart once they headed out for the second period.
First Raheem Sterling netted after some poor defensive positioning, while Gabriel Jesus showed magnificent skill to get a third.
Morgan Whittaker made the scoreline respectable with his effort for Swansea but it’s City who advance to the next round.
Guardiola was given an early scare personnel-wise when Gabriel Jesus needed treatment after a tumble while shooting, but the Brazilian was able to carry on.
City, of course, were in possession of the ball for the most part but Steve Cooper’s well-drilled Swans defended well.
Jamal Lowe was a the heart of some good moves by Swansea but chances were hard to come by, despite being in advanced areas.
And City’s threat remained with Freddie Woodman tipping Ferran Torres’ rifled effort past the far post.
Walker’s cross somehow crept in without a nudge from a teammateAFP
It was one of Guardiola’s recalled aces who opened the scoring but not one often found on the scoresheet.
Walker picked up the ball wide on the ride, operating almost as winger for most of the match, and whipped a ball to the six-yard box
Torres slid after it, as did Jesus but, without a touch, although the former was close, it beat Woodman and bobbled home.
it was his first FA Cup goal in 3,686 day – more than a decade – having previously netted for Aston Villa, on-loan from Tottenham, against his former club Sheffield United back in January 2011.
Jesus lashes home the third goal of the gameAFP
After the break, City were ruthless.
Within minutes the scoreline had been extended to 3-0 with Raheem Sterling slotting home with the second period barely underway having been given acres of space on the left side of the penalty area.
And moments later Jesus showed his talents with an exquisite touch and finish, plucking Bernardo Silva’s pass from the air and firing home in the middle of the box.
How about that touch on the swivel from Gabriel Jesus?!
A beautifully taken goal puts Man City 3-0 up against Swansea and heading for 15 wins in a row…#EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/Hkihc86CFr
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 10, 2021
That gave Guardiola the opportunity to ring the changes with key man Ilkay Gundogan taken off the field, along with Raheem Sterling.
Their match with Tottenham on Saturday clearly playing on the Spaniard’s mind.
But Swansea weren’t about to give up and after multiple changes a nice passage of play saw Morgan Whittaker, signed just days ago from Sheffield United, score a lovely goal with their first shot on target.
They were unable to steer Man City off course, though, and Guardiola’s men cruise into the quarter-finals.