They were certainly not as free-flowing as people know them to be but Manchester City still did enough to qualify for the FA Cup final yesterday.
An early goal by Gabriel Jesus was enough to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 on Saturday to reach the FA Cup final while also keeping the lofty quadruple ambitions alive.
With the League Cup already secured following a triumph over Chelsea via penalties incidentally at the same venue, Jesus produced a full-length dive to connect with Kevin De Bruyne’s superb whipped cross for the only goal of the match.
With the victory, City has now claimed 21 wins from their last 23 matches in all competitions and they now lie in wait for the winner of the other semi-final which has Watford going head-to-head with Wolverhampton Wanderers today.
In the Premier League, City are second on the log following Liverpool’s win over Southampton on Friday but they have a game in hand and will go a point clear if they win their next league match.
Also still alive in the Champions League, which is now at the quarter-finals stage, they face an obstacle in Tottenham Hotspur if they are to successfully negotiate the semi-final.