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

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Coming after a 7-0 hammering of Rotherham in the FA Cup on Sunday, City have strong momentum as they resume their pursuit of Premier League leaders Liverpool against Wolves next Monday.

The issue was hotly debated on social media, with one camp arguing that City should have eased up on Burton to spare their blushes, while the other contended that football is a competitive sport and that the maximum number of goals should always be pursued.

His team conceded 29 goals in just 17 league games under Mourinho but the Red Devils have since conceded just three goals in four games under Solskjaer.

"We spoke about that at half-time - to play simple, let them run and try to score more goals". "One or two goals we'll pick apart where we could've done better, especially the first one, but the gulf between the two teams is far too much to make up tonight". Marco Silva's men have gone nine consecutive games without keeping a clean sheet with their form being very inconsistent during that spell, like conceding six at home in one game, and then scoring five themselves on their travels in the next game.

"It is not easy to play this type of game against a lower team", added Guardiola, whose side are set to face either Tottenham or Chelsea in February's final. He has insisted his side go out and give a proper account of themselves in the match, and to respect a competition he won twice as a player.

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Burton boss Nigel Clough had no complaints about the result and said his side could not have done more to stop the thoroughly ruthless Premier League champions. Burton may have been in the semi-finals on merit, but the two clubs are effectively competing in different sports. And we stopped them, that's a positive for us.

"At this moment, I think they are favourites simply because of the points difference, and I think they've been outstanding". It doesn't matter what happened last season, you have to take it. "We will take it seriously".

"Every game is important, that is why we are satisfied to get back to Wembley".

City, for instance, held a 14-point advantage over Chelsea at the same stage a year ago and are the first top-flight team to reach the 50-point mark after 21 games and not lead the table. We are going to have to have periods of the ball - the longer and more often they have the ball what they have shown is that they will break you down with the quality they have. Some of the youngsters have had an experience that you can't buy.

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