We are in the final - Guardiola hails ruthless City after Burton thrashing

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       Burton chairman Ben Robinson says it will be a case of 'damage limitation' against Manchester City

"You have to have a defensive strategy, I don't think there's any team that plays against them that can afford to go into a game without that, even Manchester City, which was a great game". "We didn't do too much wrong, two or three of the goals we could have done more but we didn't too badly".

Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez all got on the score-sheet as they battered the League One outfit nine-nil. Without that competition, if we had just one competition to play in, I could play with the same 11 or same 12.

The rankings take into account a player's age, position, and the results of their club and the national team.

"It is the best way to respect the competition and to respect the opponent, because if you forget to continue, you don't have respect for your opponent or the competition".

City, who beat Rotherham United 7-0 in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, were 4-0 ahead after 37 minutes, and scored another five goals in the second half, with Guardiola pleased at how ruthless his side were.

"Some have followed the club for 40, 50, 60 years or more and never dreamt of being in a League Cup semi-final so let's enjoy it".

"We scored the first goal quickly but the period between the first and second goal was not good, we didn't control our right side, they had a clear chance at 1-0".




Asked if he wants Kompany to stay at City, Guardiola said: "We are considering it, we are talking about that".

Had they eased up after their fifth goal, or played a weakened side, they would have been accused of patronising the Brewers.

"It's not very pleasant when you're on the other end of it but that's what they're capable of. I saw a few minutes of games they played and they played good", Manchester Evening News reported quoting Guardiola.

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

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

But City fell foul of League One opposition last season when Wigan knocked them out of the FA Cup so Guardiola knows not to be complacent.

Liverpool, City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are separated by 10 points, and are on course to break the record cumulative tally of 333 points set by the top four in each of the last two seasons.

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