Man City hit nine past Burton to cruise towards League Cup final

Man City hit nine past Burton to cruise towards League Cup final

Man City hit nine past Burton to cruise towards League Cup final

"It's not about tonight, it's about Burton Albion getting to the semi-final of the League Cup", he said.

City went on to smash five more past Burton in the second period and Zinchenko revealed what Guardiola's instructions were at half-time. "When you get to the semi-finals and you have beaten Premier League teams and mythic teams like Aston Villa or Middlesbrough, the reason why they are here, they deserve incredible credit".

Burton have since progressed to the third tier in League One, but Clough believes stopping Pep Guardiola's City, particularly when they travel to the Etihad on Wednesday, is an even tougher task. "They don't just beat you, they annihilate you". They are now enjoying a four game unbeaten run in all competitions, while only Chelsea have won at the Amex since mid-September.

"Every game you have a chance but it's just about what degree that chance is". Kyle Walker waltzed in for number eight after sublime play from Mahrez, who has assisted three of the last four City goals. On that occasion they were ran all the way by Bristol City and Guardiola will be well aware that despite being huge favourites to win through to the final, they will be facing a team full of spirit and motivation.

After closing the gap on Liverpool to four points at the top of the Premier League, they thrashed Rotherham 7-0 on Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup.

Phil Foden, who was on the scoresheet at the weekend, is expected to continue in the middle of the park, while Ilkay Gundogan is expected to start again as well, after a sensational display in the previous game. They have picked up 8 FA Cup trophies in their history, with their victory last year being their first in six years.

It would be understandable to take a punt on a pairing from free-scoring clubs such as Manchester City or Liverpool, but the most deadly strike partnership this season play for a club that has scored only 31 goals thus far.

"I don't think we could've done too much more with the quality that is out there", he said.

Holders Chelsea were given a home game against one of two lower-league teams, Sheffield Wednesday or Luton.

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