Pep Guardiola has named a remarkably strong squad to face Peterborough United at Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday night, with Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez also starting against Grant McCann’s struggling side.
Despite the personnel, it took until the 61st minute for the Blues to break the deadlock, as the Cambridgeshire club put up fierce resistance, and nearly took the lead in the first half thanks to the effort of Jeando Fuchs, well saved by Ederson in turn. next to the post office.
Eventually, Manchester City would take the lead through Riyad Mahrez, as the Algerian finished smartly, as he rolled the ball into the far corner.
Jack Grealish would secure Manchester City‘s place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for a third successive season seven minutes later as the £100m man netted his FA Cup goal.
The win, which was the Blues’ 30th victory of the campaign, may be bittersweet, however, after Pep Guardiola revealed the worrying reason for replacing his two centre-backs at half-time.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte replaced Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias at the start of the second half, and Pep Guardiola said after the match that the changes had been made due to ‘medical reasons.’
Ake, who was making his 14th start of the season, was taken off after 45 minutes with a ‘hit‘ according to Pep Guardiola, with the Dutchman suffering a heavy crash midway through the first half.
Dias was also substituted at half-time, with the Catalan revealing after the match that the Portuguese defender was ‘did not feel good in his leg.’
Manchester City are set to host rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in the Premier League, with the Blues looking to extend their lead over top-tier Liverpool.
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