Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manchester City thrash 3rd-tier Burton 9-0 in League Cup semifinal

Manchester City thrash 3rd-tier Burton 9-0 in League Cup semifinal

Burton manager Nigel Clough wants to make sure his players do not forget to enjoy the occasion when they face Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Guardiola spent time with the Burton players as they left the pitch, including goalkeeper Brad Collins, who could not be blamed for conceding any of the goals. The best way is do what we have to do.

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

However, Tottenham legend Lineker has been impressed with their ability to remain within touching distance of Liverpool FC and Manchester City this term - after they returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Cardiff City last week.

"We scored quickly. The difference with Premier League teams is the rhythm, when you have high intensity". Against Rotherham, for example, we played with nine players who didn't play against Liverpool and the nine were a good selection.

We might (at time of writing) only be 45 minutes into a two-legged tie, but City have already amassed a dominant 4-0 lead with goals from Kevin De Bruyne ('5), Gabriel Jesus ('30 and '34) and Oleksandr Zinchenko ('37) proving the distance thus far.

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"At half-time Pep said keep going in the same way, the same spirit and if we can score more".

"The only way is to take it seriously".

Ahead of the first leg of the tie on Wednesday night, Clough spoke to the media, and made comparisons between the respective draws against the Manchester clubs. We have a bit of a break now that week to prepare for other competitions.' Clough was pragmatic, revealing he thought the scoreline could have been worse for Burton. "He is so important".

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

"In reality it's going to be hard but I'm sure all the players will go there in the right frame of mind".

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