Manchester City cruised past Schalke in the second leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League
Leroy Sane netted the third goal to proffer a satisfactory lead to his side. Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden also joined the party in the second half to record the joint-highest win in the competition's history en route to the quarterfinals. Here are the 5 talking points from the game:
#5 Manchester City issues a thumping statement
It wasn't just a win, it was a massive statement. After scoring three goals before the half-time, the game was done and dusted but Pep Guardiola's side showed hunger and desire to keep the scoreboard ticking. Aguero could have rested after the first 45 minutes but the manager let his main man continue in a hunt for Champions League hattrick.
Due to the risk of a yellow card, it was only after the hour mark that Gabriel Jesus came on to replace him who himself scored the seventh goal of the game. The intensity from the Premier League champions was never on a decrease and this could be a huge factor in their Champions League's quest.
#4 Legendary Sergio Aguero
The Argentine striker has been ruthless for Manchester City this season. His goal scoring streak has been a huge cover for David Silva's declining form and Kevin De Bruyne's absence. He got two half chances before he scored his first goal tonight via a penalty. The spot-kick showed how relaxed Aguero was as he chipped the ball down the middle. For his second goal, he stayed on his feet even after the challenge and was successfully able to put the ball behind Fahrmann. This season, Aguero has now scored 25 goals and registered 6 assists in 35 games.
#3 Schalke's season turned to worse
Schalke finished at the second position in Bundesliga last season with 63 points but things have changed drastically in the last 12 months. After 25 games, they have only 23 points and are facing a relegation fight. They have lost 14 games and won only 6. Pressure on Domenico Tedesco is high and after this humiliating loss, it won't be a surprise if he is sacked.
#2 Another stellar performance from Leroy Sane
Sane scripted a comeback in the first leg against his former side and now he proved to be the engine for City's steamrolled win. After 90 minutes on the pitch, Sane scored a goal and recorded three assists. Zinchenko played a beautiful pass finding Leroy Sane who didn't fail to find the net from the tight angle.
In the 51st minute, he scored another goal which was ruled offside by the linesman. He continued his amazing performance by founding Raheem Sterling at the far post. He finished the game with three key passes and two big chances created for his side. Amazing for a 23-year old.
#1 Quadruple for Manchester City?
Pep Guardiola’s side has already claimed the Carabao cup this term. They are sitting at the apex of Premier league table with a point ahead of Liverpool. The Reds haven't been clinical in the recent few weeks which have made City the favorites to win the league title for the second year running. They are in the last eight of FA cup, facing Swansea City next. Guardiola has dismissed the talks of quadruple uptil now but can his team be the first-ever English side to win a quadruple?