Pep Guardiola can say what he wants, the reality is that Manchester City are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and one of the favourites to win it now.
After a 3-2 victory in Gelsenkirchen three weeks ago, Guardiola claimed that City ‘weren’t ready’ to fight in the latter stages of the competition. Before Tuesday night’s second leg at the Etihad, he described his team as teenagers in Europe.
That’s the trouble with teenagers; they don’t always do as they’re told and City duly produced another demonstration here of why they need to be taken very seriously by their rivals.
Brazil international Gabriel Jesus got in on the action in the closing stages, wrapping up an incredible 7-0 win for his side
Out came the usual phone-call celebration from the forward, who put the cherry on the cake of City’s demolition
Substitute Phil Foden arrived onto the pitch in the closing stages, but was still able to hit the back for City’s sixth goal
The youngster could not contain his delight after getting his first European goal for his boyhood club
Bernardo Silva kept his eyes on the prize to lash through the ball and add further insult to Schalke inside the Etihad