On Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola dedicated Manchester City’s Carabao Cup semi-final win at rivals Manchester United to the late, great Colin Bell. The blue half of City celebrated a derby triumph as the visitors went one better at an empty Old Trafford after an exciting first half.
With his first goal since November 2017 early in the second half, rejuvenated center-back John Stones set City on course for victory, and Fernandinho made it 2-0 with his first strike since October 2018. PEP For the entire Manchester City family, it was a sad day. We are now in the present, however great players have produced the past. He has an Etihad Stadium stand, and because he was special, he was named the King. This game is dedicated to pic.twitter.com/NXMzQ6LJnb- Manchester City (@ManCity) January 6, 2021 City now has the chance to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth year in a row after a Guardiola victory dedicated to the great Bell, who died after a short illness on Tuesday at the age of 74. “It was, of course, a sad day for the whole ManCity family,” said the City manager, who wore a T-shirt with the words ‘Bell the legend’ and a picture of him at the post-match press conference. We are now in the present, but it was the past before that, and it was created by outstanding players,”We are now in the present, but before that it was the past, and that was created by extraordinary players,” “If Colin Bell has a stand at the Etihad, if his name is the king (of Kippax), it’s because he was special. Manchester City players appeared in retro number eight jerseys to commemorate Colin Bell (Shaun Botterill/PA) “Today what we achieved was very amazing, but it’s a privilege for us to dedicate this win to you from all the fans, the players, the backroom staff, Colin Bell and his family. “It’s a great night for us and especially for Colin and his family. “On Wednesday night, City appeared in retro number eight jerseys, with both teams wearing black armbands for a game in which Defender Stones shone at both ends. ‘All credit to him,’ said Guardiola. Football is a long career. You always have ups and downs. You’ve got good times, you’ve got bad moments. London tickets, please! pic.twitter.com/3E3nzE8Fii- Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) January 6, 2021 “Football is a long career. You always have ups and downs. You have good moments, you have bad moments.Tickets to London, please! pic.twitter.com/3E3nzE8Fii- Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) January 6, 2021 ” “We can say what we want to help him and hopefully he can continue like this. “While City will look forward to the final of the Carabao Cup against Tottenham on April 25, United must nurse the wounds of their fourth consecutive semi-final defeat. Asked if it was a semi-final mental problem, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I don’t think it’s a mental problem.” In phases, especially in the first half, we defended well and held the ball very well. That is one way to fail when they cut you open. But it’s disappointing to admit two targets, and we just didn’t have that bit of luck. “Of course, their goalkeeper made a good save on a Bruno Fernandes shot in the first half, and the first goal is always important in a game like this.”