Manchester City are moving on to the 5th round of the FA Cup after a dominant 2-0 win away to Cardiff City on Sunday. The Blues were the better team for the whole 90 minutes and survived some crazy tackles from the Championship side to book their place in the next phase of the oldest club competition in the world.
Pep Guardiola was both happy with the win and sad about the bad tackles, and the players also reacted to what happened on Sunday. Here’s a recap:
Pep Guardiola Post-Match Press Conference
“Sane will be out. They [officials] have to protect the players. Not my players. All players. They [refs] are there to protect the players. When there is fault, there is fault, and when it is dangerous, it is dangerous. I don’t understand the goal [Bernardo] that we didn’t get, but that is okay. We can accept that. But they have to protect the players. They have to do their job.
“I am delighted with everything. It is difficult to come to Championship sides who are topping the table. What they do they do really well.
“We play a lot of competitions and no rest and we are still fighting every game. So proud. No [we cannot win all four].
“The people ask me if we could be invincibles in the Premier League, I said no because we don’t have a large squad. A lot of players injured, Mendy six months, we played all the season without a left-back.
”But that is not a concern. Now we must recover for West Brom and Burnley and after we have to prepare for the Champions League [game at Basel]. The important thing is the next ones. It is an illusion to think we can win all four. With this schedule it’s impossible.”
5th round, here we come! pic.twitter.com/7nbj1WtyF8— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) January 28, 2018
Thanks for all your messages yesterday and today! I suffered ankle ligament damage, but I think it isn't as bad as it looked. My rehab will start soon and I'm motivated to be back on the pitch as soon as possible! ⚽ #inSané #LS19 @ManCity pic.twitter.com/WQCpdFrgjO— Leroy Sané (@LeroySane19) January 29, 2018