The hope that some elder members of the squad would get some much-needed rest went unfulfilled, particularly against Bristol City when Sergio Aguero was required to step up from the substitutes’ bench and score a stoppage-time winner.The 2-1 first leg victory means, in turn, that Guardiola probably would not name a weakened side for tonight’s [Tuesday’s] second leg, even if he could.Kevin De Bruyne did better, forcing Fielding into the best save of the first half with a curling shot from the left flank.Then, as half-time neared, sloppiness at the front was matched by sloppiness at the back and Bristol took a lead that nobody at the start of the night had seen coming.The thought of four major honours in a single season – an unprecedented achievement for an English club – will certainly have crossed his mind.He would never explicitly admit that much, and certainly not in January, but there are subtle signs that he is at least beginning to entertain the idea.Lee Johnson’s Championship promotion contenders have, as Mendy’s latest stand-in at left back Oleksandr Zinchenko remarked, “shown they can beat City.” What with Bristol City knocking Manchester United out at Ashton Gate in the last round, this second instalment of the semi-final simply cannot be taken as a formality. Starting tonight [Tuesday], City play four games in the space of 12 days, with an FA Cup fourth round tie against another high-flying Championship team in Cardiff City to come.
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Their display, combined with their elimination of Manchester United in the previous round, suggest they still stand an outside chance of reaching a Wembley final when the two teams reconvene at Ashton Gate in a fortnight’s time.
Johnson played in midfield for Bristol City when these two sides in met in this competition over a decade ago and was the sole survivor from that night, save his kitman and former team-mate Scott Murray.
Manchester City may be blowing all and sundry away in top-flight but the Premier League leaders seem to find second-tier opponents somewhat more problematic.