The Manchester City machine rolls on unparalleled. Pep Guardiola’s side cruised to a record-breaking 15th consecutive win and, from the moment Raheem Sterling doubled City’s advantage, it was clear Swansea would become their latest prey. It was not a perfect night – Rodri limped off and Morgan Whittaker pulled a goal back for the Championship promotion hopefuls – but City nevertheless strolled into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with Gabriel Jesus’s superbly-taken strike perhaps the pick of the bunch.
To put the gravity of the task facing Swansea into context, Guardiola’s side have now won 19 of their past 22 matches, scoring 52 goals and conceding just six along the way, one of which came here, when Whittaker fired in smartly after swivelling in the box. Swansea’s manager, Steve Cooper, acknowledged only a perfect performance would topple City and one defensive lapse allowed Kyle Walker’s teasing cross to dribble into the far corner inside half an hour. Ferran Torres and Jesus flung themselves at the ball but neither made contact and Walker could not hide his grin.