Premier Cool Impact: Swansea City vs. Manchester City

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    #1 Oleksandr Zinchenko gave Manchester City greater impetus

    Having seen Fabian Delph struggle at left-back for almost an hour, Pep Guardiola introduced the Ukraine international for the final 33 minutes. The substitution paid off too as the 22-year-old carried more of an attacking threat with his superior dynamism evident in the final half-hour. His mobility and ability on the ball allowed City initiate more attacks from his flank, and he equally defended well when he had to. Zinchenko’s introduction definitely played a part in the turnaround against Swansea City.

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    #2 Bernardo Silva was the best player on the park

    Admittedly, like his other colleagues, the attacking midfielder struggled to get going at the start, but was near unstoppable when he got into full flow. Bernardo rarely misplaced a pass over the course of the game and created a few opportunities for his teammates. It was no coincidence the Portuguese was the one who halved the deficit with 20 minutes to play, before setting up Sergio Aguero for the Manchester club’s winner in the closing stages.

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    #4 Raheem Sterling introduction altered the game

    The rapid England international replaced Leroy Sane before the hour mark and his part in the equalizer justified Guardiola’s decision. It was Sterling who won the penalty through which the Citizens leveled, while he was a constant threat with his skill and direct running. Pep’s decision to introduce the pacey attacker was proven right.

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    #5 Where will the Citizens be without Aguero?

    With his team struggling for goals, it made sense to throw the club’s all-time goalscorer into the game to save the day. And the Argentinean, who replaced Riyad Mahrez in the 64th minute, did just that by having a hand in all of the away side’s goals. The frontman assisted Bernardo’s effort to reduce the deficit; his penalty went in off Kristoffer Nordfeldt to make it 2-2, while a composed header in the final few minutes completed the turnaround. Aguero’s influence was just what the doctor ordered!
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    #6 Credit must go to Guardiola for the turnaround

    GuardiolaIt would have been easy throwing in the towel when their backs were against the wall at 2-0 down, but the Spaniard made his changes early which drove his team to the win. All of Guardiola’s substitutes played a part in changing the course of the quarter-final affair: Zinchenko’s introduction for Delph was on the money; Sterling won the penalty which brought them level, while switching tactic to play Aguero in tandem with Gabriel Jesus in attack made it difficult for the Welsh side. Amazing in-game management by the boss!