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Man City break another record as Guardiola lands 200th win in FA Cup success

There is a sense of history repeating itself for Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking side.

Manchester City made it 15 wins in a row in all competitions which broke the record they shared with Preston (1891-92) and Arsenal (1987) for consecutive victories by a top-flight side.

Incredibly, it was also Guardiola’s 200th win as City boss and, when you consider he only took over in 2016, that is a remarkable achievement and he is already on his way to being one of English football’s all time greats.

It was also familiar territory for City who beat Swansea on the way to winning the FA Cup and the domestic treble as they swept all before them in 2019.

Football often follows a familiar path to success but it is not just fate which suggests they could be on course for another clean sweep. 

It is hard to see anyone from stopping them doing it again because they are now in Thursday’s FA Cup quarter final draw, already in the Carabao Cup final and are top of the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side’s second goal

It certainly was not going to be Swansea who put up a brave fight but City’s squad is so strong they were able to make seven changes and still look a class apart at the Liberty Stadium.

This time it was Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus on target but Guardiola is able to chop and change, rotate his internationals and still produce a scintillating exhibition of football.

Swansea were by no means supposed to be a pushover as Steve Cooper’s side are going great guns in the Championship but they just could not live with City.

But what is also so endearing about Guardiola and what he has done for City and English football is just how seriously he takes the domestic cup competitions.

While other managers field kids and disrespect the cups, Guardiola sees them as vitally important to maintain the winning habit and philosophy which runs right through the club.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola
Guardila watches on and is looking for his second FA Cup

Guardiola already has one FA Cup and three League Cups to his name and now he is on course for even more silverware to go with the two Premier League titles.

The fact is that on this evidence no-one can live with them.

Just a few short months ago, people were questioning whether Guardiola had lost his magic such was their indifferent start to the season and disappointing campaign last year.

But the way City have roared back to silence the doubters has been nothing short of remarkable and some of their football is on a par if not better than in their back-to-back title winning seasons.

Kyle Walker of Manchester City celebrates with Ilkay Gundogan and Eric Garcia
City are in irresistible form

Swansea had their moments in the first half and they caused a few scares on the break before City really ran away with it.

City’s Ferran Torres was denied by a super early save by Swansea keeper Freddie Woodman before the visitors’ breakthrough came after 31 minutes.

Walker’s low cross from the right was aimed for Torres but he could not connect and yet the ball still went past Woodman and into the far corner.

But City really hit top gear after the restart and made it two after 47 minutes. Fine work by Rodri and a nice pass put in Sterling who sprung the offside trap, went clean through and passed the ball calmly into the far corner.

Three minutes later, they added another. Bernardo Silva had space and time to flick on and find Jesus who turned before slotting home.

Swansea finally made their mark after 77 minutes when substitute Morgan Whittaker turned in the box and got his first goal for the club after his £1m move in January with a lovely finish. 

Just to underline City’s dominance, it was Swansea’s first shot on target.

No-one can live with them right now.

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