Although 2021 champions Leicester lost shockingly 2-1 to lower-league Blackburn on Tuesday, Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory against Bristol City.
Although 2021 champions Leicester lost shockingly 2-1 to lower-league Blackburn on Tuesday, Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory against Bristol City. Thanks to Foden’s brace and a late goal from Kevin De Bruyne, Pep Guardiola’s team never faced a real threat of a giant-killing in the fifth round match at Ashton Gate. Guardiola praised England attacker Foden’s contribution, who is beginning to regain his best form after a patchy season.
“His career went up, up, and up. This season he struggled a bit and was a bit down. But now he’s back for the best chunk of the season, “added Guardiola.
His impact has been amazing. Football pays off when you work like he does.”
City will hope for another boost on Wednesday when Premier League leaders Arsenal, two points ahead of the champions, face Everton in their game in hand.
“We’re still alive in three competitions. We’ll see what happens in the future,” Guardiola said.
City took a seventh minute lead when Riyad Mahrez crossed to the far post, where Foden fired into the roof of the net.
Foden doubled City’s lead after 74 minutes as Julian Alvarez flicked towards Foden, who produced another clinical finish past Max O’Leary.
De Bruyne got the visitors’ third from long-range in the 81st minute to ensure the smoothest of nights for the six-time FA Cup winners.
Leicester were booed off after Blackburn ended the Foxes’ bid to reach a second FA Cup final in three seasons.