Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Cup specialist Clough believes Burton need a miracle to upset Man City

Cup specialist Clough believes Burton need a miracle to upset Man City

City continued their prolific goal-scoring record against the hapless Burton Albion in the League Cup semi-final first-leg.

After also thrashing Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday with a much-changed side, Guardiola was able to again hand a rest to a number of his key players but named a strong side with De Bruyne continuing his comeback from injury.

"If everyone is fit and not injured we can cope with it", Guardiola said. When everyone is fit, it's better.

He added: "Of course we will play some of the second team and players who don't play regularly [in the return leg], but in this incredible schedule we have a little bit of a break in that week to prepare for the other competitions".

"Now everyone is involved. the players don't know who will play against Burton". Then we looked down and we saw Chelsea, wow!

The Burton boss has said that the two-legged nature of the tie makes the meeting all the more daunting for his side, but he is keen to stress that they are looking to just enjoy it.

"I prefer it, definitely", he said. When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season I was sad.

It was the biggest-ever margin of victory in an English cup semi-final and City's biggest win since 1987.

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Wednesday's game will be an unfamiliar challenge for Guardiola, who admitted he had never seen any footage of Burton in action until Tuesday morning.

The French World Cup victor has been sidelined since knee surgery in November but Guardiola revealed the left-back has returned to light training and is two to three weeks away from a return.

"We wished we could get 10, maybe next time".

"They got a massive squad of players that cost a fortune and earning a fortune, that's what you get in the Premier League so it's chalk and cheese".

Manchester City Key Talking Point It was clear from the beginning that the Man City midfield would control the game, and this proved to be the difference on the night.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher responded to a dig from a City supporter by tweeting: "You can't fill your Stadium!"

Burton's Clough believes stopping Guardiola's City, particularly when they travel to the Etihad on Wednesday, is a tough task.

"I would like it".

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