FA Cup match report Cardiff City v Manchester City 28 January 2018

Pep Guardiola originally wanted to sign Aymeric Laporte in 2016

Pep Guardiola originally wanted to sign Aymeric Laporte in 2016

Bennett was fortunate only to receive a yellow card for his challenge on Sane, although he was sent off in the final seconds after felling substitute Brahim Diaz.

"That situation was completely different to now", Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

"We showed them today", Guardiola said after City's victory.

De Bruyne said there had been nothing complicated regarding his goal, telling the BBC: "The wall was not nine metres away from me and so they were very close and it was easy to put it under".

"It's always good to see the players that were with you and players that did a lot for the club, or did a lot for myself, to try to help achieve all that we wanted", he said.

With an eye towards Germany's World Cup commitments, the world champions illuminated proceedings by addressing Cardiff over the treatment meted out to Sane and countryman Ilkay Gundogan.

City seem nearly certain to be in next season's Community Shield which, because of an early start to the Premier League, is played just three weeks after the World Cup Final.

Guardiola could ease the burden on the likes of De Bruyne and Sterling by resting them in cup ties such as Sunday's win, although the City boss will argue that their first-half goals prove how important they are to his team.

Marko Grujic was the only Cardiff player who will be disappointed with his performances against this level of opposition. So please. For football in general, the players they are the artists, you have to take care of them.

City are also cautious because they have had problems in the past meeting UEFA's financial fair play requirements. "Again, no words to describe my pride about my players and my team".

"Again, they are ready to play every three days, I feel something special about that".

The pair faced potentially tricky banana skins with Chelsea at home to top-flight rivals Newcastle and City travelling to Championship promotion hopefuls Cardiff but both progressed with little difficulty to book their places in Monday's draw.

Guardiola expects a serious challenge from Cardiff after City were pushed all the way by Wolves and Bristol City in the Carabao Cup.

"It is unprofessional from Joe and then to commit one in the 92nd minute". Maybe in the future it's going to happen'.

"It's human nature that the players always want to improve and have different challenges and ideas but I'm not anxious".

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