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Wednesday, 10th February 2021 Kick-off 17:30
Swansea City v Manchester City - Pep Guardiola Latest News, FA Cup 5th Round
Tuesday, 9th Feb 2021 16:33
Swansea City play Manchester City in the early FA Cup fifth round tie at 5.30pm GMT on Wednesday at the Liberty stadium. The last cup game is fresh in the minds of Swansea supporters after two disastrous refereeing decisions robbed them of a semi final spot at Wembley.
Steve Cooper refused to be drawn on the last encounter during his pre match press conference stating I wasn't here for the game, a lot of the players were not here either, it doesn't matter, we dont dwell in the past here, we look ahead, we plan and nothing changes, regardless of the opposition Thats true but the big club bias was on show that day and we have covered that bias on here on several news stories, and psychologically Andre Marriner, the referee that day displayed to everyone his weaknesses and appalling decision making. Marriner is again officiating this game, this time as fourth official and cannot make such a dramatic impact as he did last time around, but people watching the game should be aware that this is a weak decision maker when it comes to officiating. His integrity too off the pitch has been called in to question, especially when he was last in Indonesia in the countries red light district, pictured with numerous young girls, in less than flattering poses.
Marriner, often finds himself involved in drama on and off the pitch
That aside, and the watchful eye swans fans will be keeping on Marriner, Steve Cooper has been his usual professional self going in to this game. These are games every player wants to be involved in, thats natural, and we trust every player selected in every game. This isn't about me, or anyone else, there is no hierarchy here, we are one group, one unit, and thats how we operate True to form he was equally as thoughtful as the national press seemed determined to get a Phil Foden story out of Cooper. Foden was in Cooper's England side that won the world cup in 2017, so the more dramatic tabloid journalists were clearly looking for a story. Even local reporters mistakenly tried to lead Cooper to answers they wanted. Once again it failed, Talk Sport's Ian Abrahams pathetically asking England related questions that have no place in this FA Cup tie.
Ian Abrahams, what a moose
Something that did shine through in the press conference was Cooper's reluctance to be drawn on his team selection, his answers however indicate a strong side will take to the field in the 5.30pm kick off. That will please swans fans and no doubt majority owners in the USA with the scent of some real money coming to the victors in this game. Far more beneficial to the swans of course compared to the oil driven money of Manchester City.
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Pep Guardiola, almost certain to field his best side against Swansea
The game will be shown on BT Sport LIVE from 5pm UK time and is also available in certain countries on BT Sport ultimate. Fans with access to DAZN 1 Movistar and DAZN Gratis along with ESPN+ in the USA WatchESPN in Australia and Kayo Sports can also watch the game LIVE
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