Man City and Burton are chalk and cheese, says Brewers chairman

Man City and Burton are chalk and cheese, says Brewers chairman

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

Guardiola spent time with the Burton players as they left the pitch, including goalkeeper Brad Collins, who could not be blamed for conceding any of the goals. "When they are on their own patch, as you saw against Liverpool, they're as good and as confident as anything".

Burton are now ninth in League One and as Sky Sports detailed before the match, the gulf between the two teams was astronomical. "When you get to the semi-finals and you have beaten Premier League teams and mythic teams like Aston Villa or Middlesbrough, the reason why they are here, they deserve incredible credit".

If he remains sidelined then Gabriel Jesus is likely to continue up front having scored five times across those two games. That is the best way to respect the competition and opponent.

Everton face a tricky test at Championship side Millwall, while Barnet, the only non-league team in the last 32, were drawn at home to second-tier Brentford.

"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".


An away win with both sides scoring looks the best play at 23/10 and it's where my tenner is going. 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. "My experience from previous clubs, when you have chance to reach a final you take it".

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

Defending champions City's place in next month's final is all but secured even before the return leg of the last-four clash after Gabriel Jesus scored four goals in Wednesday's rout.

Chris Hughton's men come into the game in confident mood, unbeaten in four games - and winning three of their last six at the Amex - and I'll take a chance on them nicking the game, as they could easily have done against Arsenal.

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

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