The reigning champions were awarded a penalty after six minutes, with Fulham captain Tim Reim shown a red card for bringing down Gabriel Jesus inside the area. After much speculation about City’s penalty takers this week, Ilkay Gundogan stepped up and calmly placed the spot kick. He could have earned the spot now.
The sending off made an already difficult task near to impossible for Fulham, who struggled to gain anything in the game. Bernardo Silva doubled the lead with a sublime finish into the bottom corner inside 20 minutes, before two second-half headers from Jesus added to the romp.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“The determination was always there and we will fight to win each competition,” the boss added.
“Next, its United and a chance to get to the final and that is our next target
“For a few minutes I thought it would be a tough, tough game - they are incredibly aggressive up front and I knew it from their last game against Charlton.
“He has some fatigue. It is normal after four or five months out. We are not going to take risks - a lot of training sessions and 75 minutes against Sheffield United,” revealed Guardiola who also spoke about the fitness of Riyad Mahrez and Joao Cancelo following separate knocks to the pair during the game.
“We spoke with him and we spoke with the doctors and if he is not right, he is not going to play - but if he is, he could play against United if he’s OK - we will see.
”Yes, Riyad recovered well, Cancelo had a big kick (to his) ankle - we will see how he recovers in the next few days.”
“They are a team with a lot of courage and that’s why they where they are third in the Championship.
“But it was a bit different after the red card - they still tried to play - but the game was over at 3-0. Now we prepare for United.”
“Always we score goals and have the ability to score - the problem this season has been conceding some goals, but it’s always good to score goals.”
David Silva Reaction
“I think we played well and it is a good result,” said Silva.
”Hopefully, we can win more titles this year.
”We have players like Phil Foden who is very talented and I think we are in good hands”
Phil Foden Reaction
“Every time I put the shirt on, I just enjoy it to the max.
“I thought we played well today, but it killed the game a bit when
they went down to 10 men.
“Fair play to Fulham,. They kept going and played really well.
I learn every day from David and he’s my idol.
“It’s just a pleasure to be able to play alongside him.”