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Bristol City 2-3 Manchester City: 3 Things We Learned

Wembley, here we come!

Bristol City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Semi-Final: Second Leg Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Bernardo SIlva’s Determination is a Big Factor to his Success

Take a look at City’s first goal and you can see the desire from Silva to keep playing. Practically being squashed by the defender did not stop him and he was eventually able to roll the ball to Leroy Sané for City’s opener.

The goal was an important one as Manchester City had been wasting chances but the desire of Bernardo was crucial to keep a ball alive that many on the pitch thought was already dead.

The first goal alleviated all the pressure

In the opening stages, City looked determined to get a goal and kill the match. This resulted in some rushed, long range attempts that really weren’t troubling the Bristol goalkeeper but after the first goal did go in, it all changed. City were back to their more natural game, unafraid of a giant killing and with Bristol City pushing forward it was only a matter of time until the Blues got more.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is a good full-back that still needs to improve defensively

It is no surprise to see a player who is naturally a midfielder prefer attacking when playing in the full-back role, but like Fabian Delph before him Zinchenko needs to adapt his game if he is to continue in this role. His defensive positioning wasn’t great which allowed a free run by the attacker for the first Bristol goal. He is still young though, so there’s plenty of time to improve. The most important thing is: he has potential.