Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Things We've Learned

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Things We've Learned

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PELLEGRINI'S SUBS MADE THE DIFFERENCE MANUEL Pellegrini has his critics, some fair, but the idea he is rigid tactically and refuses to alter his line up is a myth.

Would any other manager in England have made such a bold set of subs? At one stage, City had David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, Jesus Navas and Raheem Sterling on the pitch at the same time as they went in search of goals. And they got them.

De Bruyne's introduction turned the tie in City's favour. He scored one and brilliantly assisted Aguero's header as City marched to the final.

The only sour note was the injury the Belgian suffered.

AGUERO ON FIRE IT'S taken a while for him to reach his optimum level this season, but the last few games have seen Aguero find top form.

He was razor sharp again, scoring a great header to win the tie and generally running the Everton defence ragged.

Seven goals in seven games says it all.

His movement, pace and appetite for goals are back and City look better for it.

BARKLEY TO CITY? THE vultures are circling around Goodison Park. Everton have players the big sides want - Romelu Lukaku, John Stones, Gerard Deulofeu.

But it was Ross Barkley who impressed the most in this game. He brought near constant quality, scoring a brilliant opener and providing some wonderful moments of individual skill. …

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