Nine-goal demolition of Burton is City's 'way of showing respect'

Sports | 11 Jan 2019

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's merciless approach in their 9-0 English League Cup destruction of third-tier Burton Albion is a form of respect for their opponents and the competition.

City were 4-0 up at half-time at Etihad Stadium but continued to rip apart their vastly outclassed League One opponents as they ran up the biggest margin of victory in an English cup semi-final.

"If you forget to continue [attacking] you don't have respect for your opponent or for the competition," said Guardiola. "We spoke about it at half-time, to play simply and try to score more goals. That is the best way to respect the competition and opponent."

Guardiola spoke with some Burton players on the field after the game and praised the club's achievement in reaching the last four, a run which saw them beat Premier League side Burnley, Championship outfits Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough.

"Burton have had an incredible tournament. They have to be so proud, they did so well," said the Spaniard.

Burton boss Nigel Clough said he was not surprised at the outcome considering the gulf in class between the two teams.

Asked if he wished that his team had not had to face such an opponent, Clough said it was important to remember Burton's entire campaign.

"Do I wish we hadn't played? Not at all, we have made history in getting this far," he said. "It wasn't about tonight, it was about the achievement of getting here ... Some of the youngsters have had an experience that you can't buy.

"It's not nice when the goals are going in and you can do nothing to stop it ... [City] are capable of doing that to Premier League teams."

REUTERS

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