Manchester City’s quality was the difference in their 4-1 FA Cup fourth-round triumph over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. According to Pep Guardiola.
The Premier League leaders welcomed the Championship table-toppers to Manchester’s east side. Where Marco Silva’s team was searching for their first win against the Sky Blues since 2009.
While Fabio Carvalho gave the visitors a surprise lead in the fourth minute. Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, and Riyad Mahrez helped the Blues. While pulling off a swift turnaround against Fulham on Saturday
Fulham and Marco Silva was defeated by Manchester City
Carvalho’s opener was shortly cancelled out by Ilkay Gundogan before John Stones put City ahead. With a brilliant header at the back post from a Kevin De Bruyne cross.
Fulham took an early lead thanks to Portugal-born player Fabio Carvalho. While Pep Guardiola expressed his love for Fulham coach Marco Silva during the encounter.
Fulham is now top of the Championship. And Silva’s side has been praised for their offensive play. Scoring 74 goals in just 28 games. Guardiola praised Silva, who is currently in his fourth role in English football. After stints with Hull City and Manchester City. Before the cup clash on Saturday.
The Catalan manager went on to say that his team’s superior quality over 90 minutes was the difference in the FA Cup fourth-round clash. Which Fulham got off to a flying start by taking the lead early.
Despite their recent form, Fulham’s open. The attacking style is unlikely to give them much hope against a City side that has dominated the Premier League. The hosts were stunned when Carvalho scored in the fourth minute. But Guardiola’s men responded quickly and with Joao Cancelo in the lineup. Went on to win 4-1 and advance to the fifth round.
At the final whistle, Guardiola embraced Marco Silva and appeared to compliment his opponent. And he later added to his earlier appreciation for Fulham’s brilliance.
Fulham returns to league play on Tuesday evening at home against fellow south Londoners Millwall. With the club’s main goal still promotion to the Premier League. With two games in hand, the Cottagers are presently five points ahead of the table.
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