Wednesday, 20 Mar 2019

Manchester City enjoy seven-goal stroll into last eight against limp Schalke

For Manchester City it was an evening of spectacular superiority. They have had a lot of those occasions at the Etihad and perhaps the scariest part, for all the other sides in Friday’s quarter-final draw, is that there were long spells when it did not even feel like Pep Guardiola’s team were playing at their maximum point of expression.

They did not have to reach their highest peaks when the imbalance of talent was so lopsided, when Leroy Sané can play this beautifully and there were players on the bench, namely Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus, who could enter the play so seamlessly. They scored the sixth and seventh goals of a match in which City equalled the Champions League record victory in the competition’s knockout stages.

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