City Boss Pep Guardiola Explains Absence of Striker Sergio Aguero

Manchester City cruised to the fourth round of the FA Cup as they beat Birmingham City 3-0. One player who was expected to start, but missed out was Argentine forward Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola explained the reasons for his absence after the game.

City found new goal scorers in the form of Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden. The former had a double brace in the first 15 minutes and the latter scored one to make it three nil. From the first minute, they never looked like they would lose control of the game as they had a very comfortable overall outing.

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Manchester City Predicted Starting XI vs Birmingham City (FA Cup)

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Manchester City move from one domestic cup to another as they get ready to take on Birmingham City in the third-round of the FA Cup. Given what we outlined in the team news, will Pep Guardiola be making many changes to his lineup?

City had a high during the week as they beat Manchester United to advance to the finals of the EFL Cup. This is another cup competition for them to think about and the boss is likely to put out a team that has a lot of senior players.

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Manchester City Team News vs Birmingham City (FA Cup)

Manchester City kick off their FA Cup campaign as they take on Birmingham City on Sunday. There are a lot of players who could be missing, so let us take a look at the team news. (For our starting XI prediction go here)

City crossed a major hurdle on Wendesday night as they overcame local rivals Manchester United in the semi-finals of the EFL cup. On Sunday, they will be looking to start a new competition, one where they reached the semi-finals last year, with a win.

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Guardiola Impressed as City Reaches Fourth Straight EFL Cup Final

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Manchester City made it to the final of the EFL Cup as they overcame their local rivals Manchester United. This is their fourth consecutive final in the competition and it was deemed as an impressive achievement by manager Pep Guardiola, per Sky Sports via Goal.

Despite United putting out a strong team, City were able to deal with any danger that came their way. Goals from John Stones and Fernandinho were enough to secure the win and send them to the final where Tottenham Hotspur will be waiting for them.

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Pep Guardiola Says His Team Selection is Limited vs United

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he’ll be limited in his team selection when his side faces intracity rival Manchester United tomorrow. It’s a Manchester derby EFL Cup clash, in the semifinal round, where the winner will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the final on April 25.

Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus all missed out on Sunday, but City won 3-1 nonetheless, in a match that was more lopsided than that score indicates.

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Solskjaer Discusses Advantage United May Have in EFL Cup Clash

On paper, Wednesday night shapes up really well for Manchester City and very poorly for Manchester United. It’s a Manchester Derby EFL Cup semi-final, and given that a.) City have utterly dominated this tournament lately and b.) United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seem to have some semifinal voodoo to overcome, it’s only natural to think that the Citizens will be moving on to the final.

However, this why the stage the matches, they’re played in real life, not on paper, and Solskjaer sees a potential advantage to for his side- added rest.

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Man City Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Man United (EFL Cup)

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Manchester City travel to local rival Manchester United for the semi-finals of the EFL cup. What level of strength team will manager Pep Guardiola go with?

City will go into this match on the back of a dominant win over Chelsea on Sunday. If they can overcome their rivals, it will put them in a good position to win another EFL cup. It will be a tough game against an in-form United side, so expect to see a strong line-up from Guardiola.

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Man United Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Man City (EFL Cup)

If past results are an indication of future performance, and they are, then things just do not look good here for Manchester United in midweek. They’ll host intra-city rivals Manchester City in a rematch of last year’s semifinals of the same competition.

It’s a tournament dominated by City in recent years, and United are a combined 0W-2D-2L with a -6 GD against other traditional big six teams this Premier League season. Granted that’s a different competition, but the level of talent on the opposing side still carries over.

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Pep Guardiola: City Played Like Title Winning Teams vs Chelsea

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Manchester City produced a dominant display of football that ensured a 3-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday. The quality of the performance left City boss Pep Guardiola feeling like he had witnessed his record-shattering team from a couple of seasons ago, per Daily Mail.

City started on the front foot and they never gave Chelsea any breathing room. They went into halftime with a three-goal lead thanks to Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne. The hosts got a small consolation goal in second half injury time, but it was far too little and way too late.

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Zack Steffen Almost Gets Clean Sheet for City in League Debut

With Manchester City No. 1 Ederson currently isolating due to COVID protocols, City’s No. 2, Zack Steffen, got the call today in between the sticks. It was the Premier League debut for the 25-year-old American who came oh so close to accomplishing a clean sheet.

It would have matched the clean sheet he accomplished in his Champions League debut. Steffen, in his fifth appearance with the club, didn’t really have to do a whole lot, as his teammates in front of him really took care of business.

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Pulisic, Ziyech and Werner Finally in Starting Lineup Together

It took five months into the 20/21 season, but better late than never. For the first time, ever, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will be in the same starting lineup together. Chelsea FC supporters, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays etc.

Will Werner break out of his scoring drought now? Will we see, against Manchester City, the vaunted attack that we heard so much, back in the summer, about being inevitable?

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Chelsea FC

Manchester City travel to London on Sunday to take on Chelsea FC as they look to potentially continue their climb up the Premier League table. What kind of changes, from the last match, can we expect to see from Pep Guardiola in this match?

City are getting close to their best and the wins are starting to come now. If they are able to get the three points at Stamford Bridge, it will be a huge morale boost to the Manchester side’s quest to make a run for another Premier League title.

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