Manchester City continued their unbeaten run in all competitions, after defeating Swansea City 2-1 on Wednesday in their EFL Cup third round match.
This was the Citizens first match in this competition after hoisting the trophy last May vs Liverpool. Swansea were coming into this match after defeating League One side Peterborough United 3-1 in round two.
Pep Guardiola brought five youth players to Wednesday’s match and started two of them in the starting line-up. Midfielders Aleix Garcia and Angelino started with Fernando, while Vincent Kompany returned to the City starting line-up after a month lay off due to calf problems. With Sergio Aguero serving his final game of a three-match suspension, Kelechi Iheanacho started in attack with Jesus Navas and Leroy Sane on the wings.
Swansea started on the attack first as Borja Baston‘s effort 15 minutes in was palmed away by Willy Caballero. Ten minutes before halftime, Leroy Sane almost forced an own goal from Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn but the deflection was saved off the line by Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
After the halftime break, Gael Clichy gave Manchester City the lead after his deflected shot nestled in the back of the net in the 49th minute. The Frenchman’s shot on the edge of the box took a deflection off of Swansea wing-back Neil Taylor before finding the goal.
Swansea had a good chance to equalize after some sloppy defending from John Stones, but Glyfi Gigurdsson‘s snap-shot was parried by Caballero.
In the 66th minute, Aleix Garcia made it 2-0 for the Citizens after steering home Jesus Navas’ low-cross at the back post.
Glyfi Sigurdsson pulled Swansea back a late goal in the 93rd minute to make it 2-1 before Vincent Kompany strode off with an apparent injury late in second-half stoppage time. However, down to 10-men at this point, Manchester City held on for their ninth consecutive victory in all competitions.
Manchester City led in possession 60%-40% while forcing two saves out of Nordfeldt. Caballero made three saves in the win.
According to BBC Sport, Pep Guardiola praised Vincent Kompany’s effort during Wednesday’s win. “It’s not easy after a long, long time without playing. Defensively, he was so strong he played really good.”topics from