Riyadh Mahrez scored a brace to help Manchester City produce one of the comeback football scores of the weekend in the FA Cup. It was a game between the runaway leaders of the Premier League and the runaway leaders of the Championship. Fabio Carvalho stunned the hosts in the fourth minute before Ilkay Gundogan restored parity two minutes later. John Stones gave City the lead in the 13th minute before Riyadh Mahrez scored in the 53rd minute. He scored his second of the game from the penalty spot in the 57th minute.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “I know which team we faced today and which team we beat. When a team is top of the Championship it is because they are really good. Marco (Silva) has created an incredible team. We knew how difficult it would be. I am not over-exaggerating. If they carry on playing this way we will face them again in the Premier League, I am sure. But in the second half, we adjusted our pressing, which had not been good. It was much better and the quality of our players made the difference.”
On Liam Delap: “Liam last season grew up a lot especially with Enzo Maresca (under-23 coach) helping him to develop. He is a type of striker we don’t have, a killer, typical British striker. The only problem was he was injured and after another injury and then another, he struggled a lot with his ankles but he has a special quality.”
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