Manchester City vs Cardiff City at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Jonathan Moss
3rd April 2019 7:45 PM (BST)
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘6' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘44' Leroy Sané
  • 0 Cardiff City


Commentary By Rob Pollard


That's all from me

Another satisfactory evening for City.

An eighth straight league victory, KDB back in imperious form and the reigning champions back on top of the Premier League.

The only downer was the injury to Oleks Zinchenko. Let's hope its not too serious.

Thanks, as ever, for your company and make sure you join us again on Saturday for our huge FA Cup semi-final clash with Brighton.


Lethal weapon


Many happy returns!


De Bruyne

"I won't compare myself to last year. My season has been very long. I had to work so hard three, four times to come back.

"I won't have the level of last year but it’s not about me, it’s about winning titles."


De Bruyne [on fortuitous goal]

"In the end it all counts. I wanted to give it hard in front of the keeper on the turn but when it goes in, it doesn’t matter."


De Bruyne

"We said before the game we wanted to start like we did against Fulham. We did - we could have scored two or three goals.

"We dominated the game and created way more chances than 2-0. We did very well."


The Premier League is so tight this season that any three points just feels huge. 

Tonight no exception. KDB the architect - he was sensational. 


City stroking the ball around now. Love that about this team - the ability to play the game at different speeds, depending on the scenario and stage of a game. 


Fernandinho with a perfectly-weighted pass to release De Bruyne down the right. His cross from the right puts the ball on a plate for Jesus, but he tries a backheel and puts it wide!



Fernandinho with a fine throughball, Foden takes two touches to set himself, shoots, but Etheridge spreads himself superbly. 

Good save. 



Quick City break. From inside our own third, Stones plays a brilliant ball out of defence. De Bruyne slips in Jesus and probably expected a return pass. Jesus goes for goal and Etheridge saves. 



Danilo with a great challenge and sets De Bruyne free. He twists and turns inside the box, tries to get Jesus in for a tap in - but Ecuele Manga does enough to deny the Brazilian. 


Walker with a superb ball across the box. It's cleared away and looks to be heading straight to De Bruyne's feet - but Ralls makes a fine challenge. 


Laporte with a fine pass that splits the Cardiff defence, De Bruyne lashes it in at the near post from a very, very tight angle. 

'Keeper perhaps could have done better but I'm not complaining. 


Brilliant from De Bruyne, who goes past Ralls superbly and crosses low and hard across the box. 

Jesus there and should have scored. 

Excellent start. 


Mr Manchester City

A flag in remembrance of Bernard Halford has been unfurled. 

And the players, sporting black armbands, will now gather for a minute's applause. 



Speaking of Bernardo: Had ABBA - Voulez-Vous in my head since Saturday. It barely stopped in the away end at Fulham. 


Foden [on making his first PL start]

"I've been waiting for this moment. I want to help the lads.

"It's put a smile on my face. I couldn't believe it, I just want to show Pep what I can do.

"I will play my football as I always have and keep it simple. 

"I text my Mum straightaway!"



Neil Warnock has won only one of his 11 league matches as a manager against Manchester City (D2, L8), Sheffield United's 1-0 home victory in the second tier in January 2000.


Fortress Etihad

We have won 15 of our 16 Premier League home fixtures this season, with our only defeat coming against Crystal Palace on 22 December.


City team news

XI: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, Sane, Jesus

Subs: Muric, Walker, Kompany, Sterling, Gundogan, Bernardo, Silva 


Pep [on City's 'Quadruple' chances]

"No one said it would be easy. We know it.

"Yesterday I saw how good Arsenal are playing. We have an incredible distance [from Arsenal] because we have done so well.

"Everyone is excited about the next weeks but we also know we can lose everything. It’s not complicated.

"It’s amazing to have this opportunity, to be there.

"Beating Cardiff is our main target, then we go to Wembley and we want to win a trophy I have never won, the oldest one."


Reminder: Injury news

Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City’s home game against Cardiff on Wednesday evening.

The Argentine came off in discomfort 12 minutes into Saturday’s 2-0 win over Fulham having scored City’s second and Pep Guardiola has confirmed he will not be fit enough to face Neil Warnock’s side.

He joins Fabian Delph and long-term absentee Claudio Bravo on the sidelines.

“He didn’t train last two days, tomorrow he is not able to play," Guardiola said. "Maybe Saturday [against Brighton] but we will see in the next days.

“Aguero and Fabian Delph [are the only ones who are injured]. The others are quite well.”


Wow. What a stat.

Cardiff's only victory in their past 20 away league fixtures against City was 2-1 in the top flight at Maine Road in 1961 (D8, L11).


Pep: Every game is a final now!

"It will not be a problem. We know what we are going to play for. Every single game is a final.

"Cardiff what I saw against Chelsea is alive. They have incredible spirit. It is not a team that is already done. It is there but we want to be there too."


Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock

"We've got to do our best in the game. I doubt any of our squad could get in either two of their first teams.

"They've taken the Premier League to another level. And you're not only putting your wits against the very best - possibly in Europe - but it's the highest odds in a game this season; 40/1 in a two-horse race.

"The bookies say they've never seen betting like it."


Mr Manchester

Bernard Halford sadly passed away last week aged 77.

Bernard, nicknamed Mr Manchester City, dedicated 47 years of his life to City as Club Secretary and Life President.

This evening, during City’s game at home to Cardiff, there will be a series of tributes to Bernard.

A crowd surfer flag will be released into the East Stand as the players enter the pitch in what will be a fitting tribute to a man who leaves an indelible mark on Manchester City Football Club.

The players will also be wearing black armbands, and there will be a minute’s applause just before kick-off.

Tonight’s tributes follow the announcement last week that the CFA’s Academy Auditorium will be named the Bernard Halford Auditorium so that the very youngest of our City family will come to know him and what he gave to the Club – particularly in youth development – during his 47 years with



Good evening! 

Another HUGE game. There's no getting away from it. Every single match has so much riding on it now. 

Let's start the buildup... 


Good morning!

Hello! big game this evening - as Pep says, every game is a final now. 

Full coverage will start at 5.45pm but for now, here are a few things to keep you entertained!

Other games that day

  • Chelsea3
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Tottenham Hotspur2
    Crystal Palace0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 32 +53 79
3 Tottenham Hotspur 32 +26 64
4 Arsenal 31 +26 63
5 Chelsea 32 +21 63
6 Manchester United 32 +18 61
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 +1 47
8 Watford 32 0 46
9 Leicester City 32 -1 44
10 Everton 32 +3 43
11 West Ham United 32 -7 42
12 Bournemouth 32 -15 38
13 Crystal Palace 32 -5 36
14 Newcastle United 32 -11 35
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 31 -14 33
16 Southampton 31 -15 33
17 Burnley 32 -22 33
18 Cardiff City 32 -33 28
19 Fulham 33 -46 17
20 Huddersfield Town 32 -41 14
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