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

Ruben Holloway
January 10, 2019

They can inflict further pain on Nigel Clough's side in the second leg at the Pirelli Stadium, on January 23.

Within five minutes, Kyle Walker got his name on the score-sheet with a first-time finish off Mahrez's delivery to make it 8-0 to the home side.

Pep Guardiola knows a trophy is close and will want to add a second Carabao Cup to his impressive resumé, but will not take even a third tier opponent lightly.

City continued their prolific goal-scoring record against the hapless Burton Albion in the League Cup semi-final first-leg.

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'A feeling of we can't wait for Gillingham on Saturday, ' said Clough when asked how he felt about the game. When they are on their own patch, as you saw against Liverpool, they are as good and as confident as anything.That's when they've come off a relatively poor period for them, they have lost a couple of matches recently and then they can still play like they did against Liverpool and keep the title race open.

Clough also masterminded Sheffield United's run to the last four of both the League and FA Cups when in League One in two seasons at Bramall Lane between 2013 and 2015.

Burton consequently suffered the largest margin of defeat in an English cup semi-final and the heaviest loss in the EFL Cup for over 30 years.

Clough admitted before the game it would take a "miracle" for Burton to blunt the Premier League champions' might over two legs. We'll probably never be here again and that is how big this achievement is. City made a number of changes from the team that beat Liverpool in the league last in their resounding win against Rotherham at the weekend, and we should expect to see a similar looking eleven for the visit of Burton.

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The City boss said the League One side deserved a lot of credit for reaching the last four after knocking out Championship clubs on their way.

Elneny and co will take on the Red Devils after their renaissance following the much called-for sacking of Jose Mourinho with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer given the job on a temporary basis.

"In reality it's going to be hard but I'm sure all the players will go there in the right frame of mind. You can not be 'oh, it's Burton" and we did not - that is why I'm pleased.

"Of course we are already in the final".

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