Pep Guardiola told Manchester City stars not to let up against Burton

Lynette Rowe
January 10, 2019

City's 11th EFL Cup semi-final could not have started any better with Guardiola's side already planning for next month's showpiece, which would be their seventh appearance in the showpiece.

Pep Guardiola's side took total control before half-time, going in at the break 4-0 in front, and added another five in the second half with Burton helpless to stem the attacking tide. It's an honour for me personally to play against a Clough.

"We spoke about travelling to Burton with as big an advantage as possible but we didn't expect to score so many goals", Guardiola said. Without that competition, if we had just one competition to play in, I could play with the same 11 or same 12.

Gabriel Jesus scored four, with Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez also on the score sheet for a rampant City. "A little respect please".

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Here on SunSport we'll be running our LIVE BLOG from Eastlands to keep you up to date with all the talking points and goals. 'They don't just beat you, they annihilate you. 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.

"I wanted to congratulate them for an incredible tournament", he said.

"Manchester City are the current Premier League champions, it is over two legs so we will go there on Wednesday and we will enjoy the occasion but I think it is about damage limitation after seeing the demolition of Rotherham in the FA Cup on Sunday". But we had experience at Bristol City in the semi-final last time when we were 1-1, 2-1 in the last minute. We're not a team who has a lot of titles in our museum so you have to take these chances to get to the final. The visitors do not have those same luxuries and will again give a major opportunity to the players who have gotten them this far - and they must be relishing the prospect of coming up against some of the best players in the world.

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