Updated: Thursday, 19th September 2019 @ 4:44pm

Roberto Mancini not getting carried away as Manchester City sweep past Barnsley into FA Cup semi-finals

Roberto Mancini not getting carried away as Manchester City sweep past Barnsley into FA Cup semi-finals

By Paddy von Behr

Roberto Mancini refused to get carried away after seeing Manchester City cruise into the FA Cup semi-finals with a crushing win over Barnsley at the Etihad Stadium.

Carlos Tevez – who was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified on Thursday – bagged a hat-trick and set up goals from Aleksandr Kolarov and David Silva.

Mancini was satisfied with the result, but disappointed Edin Dzeko could not share the limelight with his striking partner.

"I am very pleased,” he said. “We scored very quickly and scored three in the first half, after that it was finished.

"In this game it is important that both strikers score goals but sometimes it is impossible like today for Edin Dzeko.

“Three goals for Carlos Tevez is great for him."

Tevez put the Premier League side ahead after just 11 minutes, poking home after Silva’s volleyed effort struck the post.

The Argentine crossed for Kolarov to double City’s lead on 27 minutes, before grabbing his second soon after with a smart finish.

Tevez completed his hat-trick five minutes into the second half and Silva capped a fine performance with a goal shortly after the hour mark.

James Milner could have made it six late on, but his well-struck effort cannoned back off the post.

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft conceded his side were outclassed and ran out of superlatives to describe Mancini’s side.

"I've got a dressing room of players who are all in agreement we've come up against world stars,” Flitcroft said.

"They came out in the second half and still wanted to put us to the sword.

“If they're the second best team in the country at the moment I would not like to have played Manchester United. Some of the football was incredible.

"They were just breathtaking, scintillating in the way they moved the ball."

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