In a nutshell, City turned on the style and Sporting could not live with them. Josep Guardiola’s side burst out the blocks and were 4-0 up by half-time thanks to two goals from Bernardo Silva and one apiece for Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden. Raheem Sterling added a fifth after the break, leaving Sporting to ponder where they go from here.
Manchester City: Ederson; Stones, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Gündoğan; Sterling, Jesus, Grealish
Sporting: Adán; Inácio, Coates, Feddal; Pedro Porro, Ugarte, Essugo, Matheus Reis; Sarabia, Slimani, Nuno Santos
What the coaches say
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager: “I said after the first leg, that 5-0 was not the reality or the difference between our teams. But we found the goals quick; four shots on target, four goals. Sometimes that happens. When the result is good, it looks easy. I have a lot of respect for the job Sporting are doing.”
Rúben Amorim, Sporting coach: “Even if the tie is almost decided, we have a responsibility, and that is to fight for the victory. It’s very difficult to steal the ball from their team but I hope we have more ball in this game. We have to improve without the ball and keep the result open for longer as that will motivate the players.”
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