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Swansea City vs Manchester City at Liberty Stadium

Liberty Stadium Referee : Peter Bankes
10th February 2021 5:30 PM (GMT)
  • 1 Swansea City

    • ‘77' Morgan Whittaker
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘30' Kyle Walker
    • ‘47' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘50' Gabriel Jesus


Commentary By Neil Leigh



That's all from me this evening, Blues.

It was a job well done by City in South Wales, claiming a 15th consecutive win in comfortable fashion to stay in the hunt for all four trophies this season. πŸ™Œ

Attentions now turn to Tottenham Hotspur, who visit the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. 

Kick-off is at 17:30 (UK) and you can join us again for We're Not Really Here and live updates throughout the matchday.

You can check out all the reaction and match stats from tonight below.

See you Saturday! πŸ‘‹


More injury updates

Ruben Dias and Fernandinho were not involved tonight and Guardiola has shared an update on the duo's fitness.

"He [Dias] had a fever. He still has some problems with the stomach. That’s why he couldn’t train yesterday. Fernandinho had some problems, some niggles in the quads and he was not able to come here to play."


Rodrigo injury latest

Rodrigo was a cause for concern tonight as he limped off in the second half and Pep Guardiola has provided the latest news on him:

"I didn’t speak with him but the doctor didn't tell me anything. Hopefully he will be fit. We will see in the next hours. He’s playing really well. His presence, his personality. He is playing really well, like the last few weeks. He has [played well] all season, I would say."


Pep on 200 wins...

 More from the boss:

"I don’t know how many games but 200 victories already, 200 good moments, and a lot of red wine afterwards!"


'We did really well'


Pep Guardiola's verdict:

"So pleased, I had the feeling that they will create chances, they were dangerous up front.

"Difficult to make a buildup sometimes or attack with five in the back but we did it really well.

"We started the second half brilliantly scoring goals and it was a good victory for us."


Devil is in the detail

More from Kyle Walker:

"Listen each and very game we approach it like it’s our last, we do nothing different, the manager prepares the same if it's Swansea or Liverpool.

"Everything is done in detail to give us the most information. Hopefully come the end of the season we’ll have a few more trophies."


'We deserved that'

Kyle Walker

"I found the bottom corner very well there! With the possession we had and the dominance I think they had one attempt after that.

"We did well and the little breakthrough from my cross come shot was deserved."


200 up for the boss

Tonight also marked Pep Guardiola's 200th victory as City manager.

Considering the boss only took charge in July 2016 that is a staggering stat.

A privilege to watch the master at work.


On a roll...

It's a fair old trek back from Swansea to Manchester but the journey should fly by after a performance like that.

Momentum and quality are a formidable combination as we are proving right now.


Building nicely

The clock running down here. City can reflect with great pride on another excellent night's work.

Dare I say it, we look better and better with each game.

So much to play for - so much to look forward to.



Tommy Doyle within a fraction of a first senior goal.

He gets in behind the Swans defence and cuts in from the right and chooses to shoot with Phil Foden waiting at the far post.

The ball fizzes wide - close but no cigar.


Here's hoping!...πŸ™

A tad worrying to see Rodrigo hobbling down the tunnel.

Really hope it is nothing too serious.

The Spaniard has been in imperious form of late.


Persistance rewarded

A first shot on target but that was a reward for Swansea's persistence.

A reminder of their quality too.

Time to knuckle down and step things up as Mahrez instantly lashes in a shot which hits Woodman's foot.


Driving force

This had the capacity to be a real banana skin of a tie given Swansea's form.

It's to our immense credit that we've made it look ridiculously easy.

Latibeaudiere is there to deny City a fourth goal he blocks a goalbound effort.

Top work by the former City defender.


Don't like the look of this

Rodrigo is in agony after a poor challenge by Dhanda who goes into the book.

He's up on his feet but that was an ill-timed challenge.


Quarter masters?

Without being too presumptuous due to alert you, the quarter-final draw will be held tomorrow night.

Looking highly likely that we will be involved.


Fever pitch

We may be 3-0 up but City are still harrying and harassing  the Swansea back line.

Desire and drive seeping through every pore. 

Must be a nightmare to play against.

Meanwhile Swansea are readying to bring on just the four substitutes.


Not this time Kyle...

City power forward at breakneck speed again and after the ball ping-pongs around in the box, Walker lets fly again but this time the effort is blocked.

He's got a taste for goal!


Double change

Two changes for City.

Riyad Mahrez on for Raheem Sterling and Tommy Doyle for Gundogan.

Both Raz and Ilkay have shone again tonight.



Swansea may be 3-0 down but Dhanda has just let fly with a superb dipping shot which flies a fraction wide.

Still work to do here. Another clean sheet would be nice.


Sudden impact πŸ˜ƒ

Proof positive that you can't take your eyes off our team for a second!

Goals wherever you look, Raz and Gab J firing on all cylinders again.

What's not to like.


Three cheers

Swansea try to play the ball out of defence but we win the ball back, Bernardo puts in a teasing ball into the box to Jesus.

The Brazilian does brilliantly to control the ball, spin round and drill a shot home.

Two goals in three minutes at the start of the second half.

Talk about a dream start to the second 45!


Perfect dozen

Just what we wanted!

Great work from Rodrigo who wins the ball back and drives forward before delivering a  pin point pass behind the Swans defence through to Sterling.

He closes in on goal and calmly fires past Woodman for his 12th goal of the season and fourth in four games.



Shut that door

Kevin Horlock

"The next goal will come eventually but it’s about not letting Swansea get that chance because it could change everything.

"I expect Swansea to come out and be a bit more aggressive going forward but the only downside is they could be more susceptible to another goal from City."


'Let's up the tempo'

Shaun Goater

"City have a few more gears. They’re just looking for the those little gaps to exploit.

"City have certainly got a few more gears, they could move the ball quicker, shifting the ball left to right needs to be a bit sharper. They’ll want to up the tempo and look for a second."


Half time πŸ’™

So far, so good.

An excellent first 45 minutes as we go in at the break holding a deserved 1-0 lead thanks to Kyle Walker's strike.



Sterling breaks through and for a moment we have a two on one with Torres.

But Swansea's Guehi appears to wrestle the City man to the ground and the chance is gone.

Not penalty says referee Peter Bankes.

VAR's take on that would have been interesting to say the least.


Action stations

City are still pressing and probing and harrying. Relentless is the word that comes to mind.

But out of nowhere Dhanda squeezes a ball through to Lowe on the left edge of the City box and Garcia makes a vital challenge.

Then from the resulting corner Guehi is a fraction away from meeting the set piece.

A reminder that we still have work to do.


Scores on the doors ⚽

Kyle Walker's second goal of the season following his winner at Sheffield United in October.

A positive goal glut for the full-back!


Instant response

Best move of the game from Swansea as they race upfield from the restart.

Connor Roberts puts in a wonderful run and cross and Jay Fulton powers a header just wide of the target.

A reminder that Swansea are more than capable


Special K ⚽️

It looks like the full back was trying to whip a cross in but Torres runs towards the ball but doesn't get a touch and the shot goes past Woodman and into the bottom corner of the net.

Whether Kyle meant it or not we'll take it!!


Work station

City working so hard to regain possession on the rare occasions we lose the ball.

A reminder that the energy and work ethic of Pep's squad is something else to behold.



Rapid turn of pace from Kyle Walker there to snuff out the threat from Jama Lowe.

The Swansea man looked a bit shocked but Kyle can shift gears when he needs to!


Great save

Outstanding from Woodman as he dives to push a goalbound Torres drive behind for a corner.

That had goal written all over it with Torres firing a shot with pace and accuracy from Jesus's assist.

Top save.


Garcia concern

Eric Gracia is in pain after going down as he tried to block a Swansea forward drive.

Fortunately he is back up on his feet though



Woodman is called into action again, this time to dive low and block Ferran Torres' close range effort.

The Spaniard probably didn't get enough purchase on the shot.


Staying power

Swansea doing well to keep City at bay so far.

Fair to say it's a different calibre of test compared to what they face week in, week out in the Championship.



Now it's Aymeric Laporte's turn to threaten the Swansea goal.

He rises to meet Gundogan's corner and powers a header just wide of the target.

Just the 83 per cent possession for City so far.



Jesus so close to scoring.

Rodrigo drives forward and finds the waiting Mendy on the left flank.

He fizzes in a fine cross and Jesus side foots a first time effort that is a fraction wide of the target.


Flexible friends

The fluid, flexible play that characterizes us at our best is there in abundance already.

Swansea largely been pegged back in their own half, City probing and searching for that crucial opening


On the front foot

Gundo again deployed much further forward in the early stages.

He looks full of running, full of confidence and full of goals!


Stop start

Swansea break at pace down the right through Jordan Morris as he latches onto a fine pass from Grimes and it needed a fine interception from Rodrigo to snuff out the threat.

A danger sign for City there.



Gundo tries his luck with a dipping, swerving effort from the right flank.

It's on target but straight down the throat of Swansea keeper Freddie Woodman.



Gab J seems to in pain after that shot. Looks like he has hurt himself in landing after letting fly.

The Brazilian is still receiving treatment.



Decent start for City.

A fine flowing move down the right flank and the ball moves inside before Jesus opens up space and fires a shot straight at the keeper


Quality street

Kevin Horlock:

"I don't think we’ll see an upset. Swansea will come out all guns blazing but the mentality of this squad will be too much, they'll weather the storm and then come good."


Stat attack (part two)...πŸ“ˆ

 πŸ”Ή City's Phil Foden could become the first player at the club to score in the third, fourth and fifth rounds of the competition in the same season since Shaun Goater in 2000-01.

 πŸ”Ή Swansea have lost seven of their last eight FA Cup ties against Premier League sides, with the exception being a third-round victory at Manchester United in 2013-14.


'I'd listen to Pep on loop!'

Kevin Horlock:

"With what he’s achieved, I could listen to Pep on loop, all day and wouldn’t get bored!

"The way he delivers it, his enthusiasm, the way he manages, lads want to listen to him and learn off it."


'City's distant cousins'

Shaun Goater:

"Swansea are that team that are like a distant cousin in how they play their football.

"They invested in the style of football with Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers.

"They’ll stay with playing the ball out from the back and Pep will be aware of that."


Stat attack...πŸ“ˆ

πŸ”Ή Manchester City have won 18 of our 21 FA Cup ties under manager Pep Guardiola. Since his first season in England, we have have scored more FA Cup goals than any other side (65).

 πŸ”Ή Swansea have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals in two of the last three seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), having previously not reached the last eight since 1964.


'All fired up'

Shaun Goater:

"The front three is fire isn’t it? Torres hasn't played for a bit but I love what he brings to the table, his pace, quality, decision making.

"We know Sterling brings us goals and intelligence. Starting to see in his game he’ll drive forward and slow it up, his game engine is there.

"Jesus has scored against Swansea before so he’ll be looking forward to getting on the scoresheet again."


Extra, extra? (hope not!)

A gentle reminder that the tie has to be settled one way or another tonight with no replays in the schedule.

If we are still all square at 90 minutes it will go to extra time - and then penalties.

But it's not going to come to that... right?


'This is what elite teams do'


Kevin Horlock:

"I think Rodrigo sitting there will allow Gundo and Bernardo to explore and cause problems like they have done over recent weeks.

"Is it resting players? Is it using your squad and giving lads minutes that are craving to play?

"That’s man management, that’s what elite teams look like. It’s a mix of resting and opportunities."


Pep's pre-match thoughts...πŸ‘‡

 Pep Guardiola:

"I know about the consistency, defensively they don't give chances and goals, they are so solid in this formation, they have quality up front, quality in the middle.

"It will be a difficult test, we have to do a good performance."



 Live show ☝️

Shaun Goater + Kevin Horlock + Kyle Walker = We're Not Really Here.

Tune in now - essential pre-match viewing!


And here's how the hosts line up...


Team news πŸ”΅πŸ“‹

City make seven changes from the side that won in such style at Anfield on Sunday.

Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling all retain their places.

Zack Steffen, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres all come into the side.

CITY XI: Steffen, Walker, Laporte, Garcia, Mendy, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus, Torres

Subs: Ederson, Stones, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Cancelo, Foden, Doyle, Gomes, Bernabe


The boss with the latest on Sergio...πŸ‘‡

Pep also provided a fitness update on Sergio Aguero at Tuesday's pre-match presser.

 The Argentine has missed City’s previous nine games after having initially been forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus, before then testing positive himself.

But the boss said Kun was getting back in the fitness groove.

"On Monday he trained with the group for 10 - 15 minutes and later he did some part alone. Day by day he is feeling better,” revealed the City manager.

But quizzed on when Kun would be able to return competitive action, the boss added: β€œNot yet.”


Raz-zle dazzle ⚽️

I was in the privileged position of being able to attend Sunday's huge Anfield win in person and one of the many, many positives from the trip to Merseyside was to see Raheem Sterling at the very top of his game.

Raz was absolutely outstanding from start to finish and seemed to thrive on wearing the captain's armband once more against his former team.

He looks to be flying again as we approach the business end of the season.


Swans are 'buzzing'

Swansea boss Steve Cooper:

"We're buzzing for every game at the moment.

"If you have the right mentality about you and the right mindset, you look forward to thriving on these challenges and that's what I want us to be."


Busy, busy, busy... ⚽

Two other FA Cup fifth round ties were completed last night with Bournemouth and Manchester United the first two teams into the hat for the quarter-final draw.

We're the early kick-off tonight with three other fifth round games also taking part.

Leicester host Brighton while Sheffield United welcome Bristol City to Bramall Lane, with both games underway at 7.30pm

And the night's late kick-off sees Everton host Spurs at 8.15pm

The final two fifth round games take place tomorrow evening with Wolves hosting Southampton and Chelsea travelling to Barnsley.


Tuning up time...

The lads were in great spirits during Tuesday's training session.

And it was great to see Sergio Aguero back where he belongs as he continues to build up his fitness.


Looks familiar πŸ‘€

Worth remembering that Swansea provided a huge test when we last met in the FA Cup back in March 2019 in what was a pulsating quarter-final.

Managed at the time by Graham Potter, the Welsh side opened up a 2-0 lead and threatened to secure a famous victory before we staged a storming fightback capped by Sergio Aguero's dramatic 87th minute winner.

It would be nice to think we could make it a more straightforward and less nerve-racking affair this evening!


Form guide πŸ“ˆ

City may be flying right now but, as manager Pep Guardiola pointed out in Tuesday's pre-match press conference, Swansea will present a stern challenge this evening

We are unbeaten in 21 games, have won 14 matches in a row in all competitions and have conceded just three goals in our last 11 outings.

Mind blowing stats really.

Swansea meanwhile are no slouches either. Steve Cooper's men are unbeaten in 2021 and lie third in the Championship table, having won five and drawn just one of their six fixtures to date this year.

The Swans' latest victory was an impressive 2-0 win over Championship leaders Norwich last Friday night.

Bodes well for a cracking cup tie.


It's your shout! πŸ“±

Of course, we'd like you to get involved in our matchday show as We're Not Really Here its all about you the fans.

You can post your views, musings and questions to Shaun, Kevin and Kyle simply by using the hashtag #WNRH on Twitter.

We'd love to hear from you!



A midweek matchday, means there is the latest We're Not Really Here show for you to enjoy.

Former team mates Kevin Horlock and Shaun Goater are today's guests and they'll join presenter Kyle Walker in the studio at the Etihad Stadium to entertain and inform you throughout the early evening.

The pre-match show begins at 16:30 (UK), whilst our panel will return at half-time for a brief summary on the opening 45-minutes and after the full-time whistle when they'll provide half an hour of post-match analysis. 

Best news of all is that you don't need to move a muscle to tune it, simply keep your eyes peeled for the video at the top of this page.

It's the perfect City-focused big game build up so sit back, relax and enjoy!.


Wednesday greetings πŸ‘‹

Good afternoon, City fans!

And welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s FA Cup fifth round tie away to Swansea City..

The games keep coming thick and fast for Pep Guardiola's side - but its fair to say we are in fine fettle right now.

Not only do we still boast a perfect record in 2021, there's also the slight matter of 14 consecutive wins across all competitions., the latest of which was last Sunday's stunning 4-1 Premier League win at Liverpool.

We kick-off at the Liberty Stadium at 17:30 (UK) and you are in the right place to follow all the action as it unfolds.

We’ll bring you all the pre-match build up, live in game updates and post-match reaction right here.



Join us at 3.30pm

Live text updates start right here at 3.30pm, and We're Not Really Here kicks off at 4.30pm just after the teams have been announced. 

Can we remain on course for four trophies? 

Find out later!


I'd back him

Phil Foden could become the first player at the club to score in the third, fourth and fifth rounds of the competition in the same season since Shaun Goater in 2000-01. 


Our form πŸ”₯

10 straight Premier League wins 

21 games unbeaten in all competitions, with just 5 conceded in that time (last defeat November 21 Spurs away)

14 straight wins in all competitions (4 conceded) 


WNRH starts at 4.30pm right here!

Shaun Goater and Kevin Horlock will be teaming up once again on We're Not Really Here (#WNRH) ahead of our FA Cup Fifth Round clash at Swansea City. 

The dynamic duo, who entered City folklore as part of our famous 1999 Division Two promotion side and subsequent rise back to the top flight, featured almost 400 times for the club around the turn of the millennium.

They will offer their thoughts before the game gets underway, and will then pick over the bones at both half-time and for a further 30 minutes when the referee blows the final whistle.

Should be a good one!



City have won 18 of 21 FA Cup ties under Pep. Since his first season in England, we have have scored more FA Cup goals than any other side (65). 


Pep on Foden

"For me, no [it’s not a challenge], it will be for him.

β€œHe has to be calm, to understand the tough periods will come.

"It depends on his humility and love for the game. The expectations are there - we will see if he can handle it.

"Now the people now expect every game to do exceptional things. This is the most difficult thing.

"Arrive and being there, playing 100 games is difficult. But it’s important to do 100 more at this level. 

"This is the toughest one. This is why the greatest players isn't about once big action at Anfield, it’s playing for five years in a row playing consistently.

"This is the next target for Phil - maintain this and play as high as possible as long as possible.

"It depends absolutely on him. Hopefully he can do it.

"I said to him 'don't read much, don't listen much, keep your feet on the grass and keep going'

"I know Phil is ready to play because his physical condition is extraordinary." 

Other games that day

  • Leicester City1
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Sheffield United1
    Bristol City0
  • Everton5
    Tottenham Hotspur4