Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

‘Burton need a miracle to upset City in League Cup’

‘Burton need a miracle to upset City in League Cup’

Gabriel Jesus netted four times, while Kevin de Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez grabbed one goal each as well.

"We are considering it, we are talking about that", Guardiola said of a possible new deal.

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

It's not unthinkable that City could win an unprecedented quadruple this season and continue their domination of the English game, whilst Burton look to have a task on them to even make the League One playoffs. However, given how ruthless City were on Sunday, it is hard to imagine that Nigel Clough's side stand any chance on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium.

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

That was also why Guardiola was quick to run on to the pitch to speak to the Burton players at the full-time whistle.

With a second-leg to come in two weeks, the Manchester side are basically already in the final and on course to defend their title. The reward, if you can call it that, is a clash with the Premier League champions and current holders of this competition.

"We've not gone into any detail with them because that will frighten the life out of them", admitted Clough.

"We want to become a top club and you can not deny any game, we can not drop any competition".

There was a freshness in their win over Rotherham that has been missing in recent weeks, though, and they will want to put this tie to bed with so much football ahead of them.

"We scored quickly. The difference with Premier League teams is the rhythm, when you have high intensity". They beat mythical teams.

"I watched them play Liverpool and they were pretty frightening at times", he said.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher responded to a dig from a City supporter by tweeting: "You can't fill your Stadium!"

Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City (Premier League, May 2008): Sven-Goran Eriksson's final game as City boss ended with a humbling by Middlesbrough as Afonso Alves scored a hat-trick in a Premier League rout at the Riverside.

Arsenal are set to host Manchester United on the 26th of January [TBD] at home just a week after they host Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea in the league.

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