Man City put seven past Rotherham to reach FA Cup fourth round

Lynette Rowe
January 8, 2019

Pep Guardiola made wholesale changes from the side that beat Liverpool in midweek, with Kevin De Bruyne returning to the line-up as captain while goalkeeper Ederson, John Stones and Raheem Sterling were the only three players who were not reshuffled.

Guardiola does not want to rush the Belgian midfielder back after two injuries disrupted his season but he showed his quality in the 66 minutes he played, with the City boss saying De Bruyne sees things that other players can not. "He played an incredible game, created a lot of chances and he has the vision to see what other people can not see".

De Bruyne was a key player in the side that won the title last term, but injuries have restricted him to six league appearances resulting in City being nine points worse off than they were at the same stage last season.

"I said many times". Without him, last season would not have been possible.

"Today Phil Foden was there and his movement was incredible".

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"It's another 90 minutes for his experience and his self-confidence".

Manchester City's thrashing of Rotherham has drawn an amusing reaction from Burton ahead of their Carabao Cup trip to the Etihad Stadium. I'm learning off them every day, so I couldn't be in a better place. He texted me within an hour saying he really wanted to come.

In the second-half Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and substitute Leroy Sane completed the rout, with Ilkay Gundogan registering four assists.

The hosts got into second gear after 20 minutes, with United growing in the game and putting a string of passes together.

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