FA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Michy Batshuayi might be just what Chelsea need, VAR creates fresh farce and Coventry’s on-field outlook brightens at last

Cardiff are not the first team to irk Pep Guardiola this season with their aggressive style but the constant fouling and Lee Mason’s conservative use of cards meant Manchester City were lucky to get away with only one injury in their victory at Cardiff City Stadium. Leroy Sané was the victim of a heinous shin-high challenge from Joe Bennett at the end of the first half that was punished only with a yellow card, the Cardiff defender eventually being dismissed in the closing stages of the match for a late lunge on the teenager Brahim Díaz. Guardiola rightly lambasted Mason after the match for leaving his players vulnerable. The best outcome for the Catalan is that this is a turning point in the season for how games are officiated against his team. Referees do not want to ruin games by dismissing players but they are at risk of ruining careers if they do not. Will Unwin

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