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Manchester city vs Manchester United courtesy of the Guardian

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City beat Ole Gunnar’s Man United 2-0 on Wednesday night, in the EFL cup’s last semi-final. Man United came in ready to break their streak of losing semi-finals, but instead, this became their 4th semi-final loss in a row. The first half was a thrilling game of football, with both teams creating chances but not scoring in any. Mancity changed gears in the second half as they were the better team. John Stones opened the scoring in the 50th minute as Fernadinho scored the winner in the 83rd minute. The Manchester derby lived up to its hype with both teams giving their best.

John Stones had this to say; “I’d like to send our condolences from everyone in the dressing room to Colin Bell and his family. How we played today was a reflection of him. A great moment for us, and I’m sure he’s looking down on the game today. Another final and another great occasion, and a derby won against a top team. They caused us problems but we dealt with them and had so many chances. Set pieces are vital in big games and it was good to get something on it.”

United’s coach Ole Gunnar spoke to Sky Sports; “City can score many great goals and you can accept that. But when you concede two set-piece goals, simple ones we should have cleared, you are very disappointed. We were just not good enough in those moments. We didn’t do enough to win the game, didn’t create enough big chances ourselves, we didn’t have the extra finesse in the games we’ve had in the league lately. We played against a very good team, they played well, and when they play well you have to play really well to beat them. That’s just the reality of where we’re at. We were just lacking that little bit. They deserve it. But we are getting closer. This is a much better version of Man United than a year ago. That’s positive, but that’s not enough. It’s not psychological, you meet good teams in semis and we just didn’t have enough. They are probably the best team in England. We wanted a final to look forward to, but it’s not going to happen. There are loads of things to play for.”

Pep Guardiola also spoke to Sky Sports; “City can score many great goals and you can accept that. But when you concede two set-piece goals, simple ones we should have cleared, you are very disappointed. We were just not good enough in those moments. We didn’t do enough to win the game, didn’t create enough big chances ourselves, we didn’t have the extra finesse in the games we’ve had in the league lately. We played against a very good team, they played well, and when they play well you have to play really well to beat them. That’s just the reality of where we’re at. We were just lacking that little bit. They deserve it. But we are getting closer. This is a much better version of Man United than a year ago. That’s positive, but that’s not enough. It’s not psychological, you meet good teams in semis and we just didn’t have enough. They are probably the best team in England. We wanted a final to look forward to, but it’s not going to happen. There are loads of things to play for.”

EFL Cup finals will be played on 25 April 2021 in Wembley Stadium. Pep and Mourinho are set to face each other again in a never-ending rivalry, with both hoping to win this year’s EFL Cup.

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