Date: 9th January 2019 at 9:45pm
Written by:
Manchester City
9 – 0
Burton Albion

The Etihad Stadium

League Cup Semi-Final

1/09/2019 7:45 pm

Attendance: 32,089

Referee: Mike Dean of the Wirral

Manchester City Burton Albion
De Bruyne (5'), Gabriel Jesus (30',34',57',67'), Zinchenko (37'), Foden (62'), Walker (70') , Mahrez (83')
49 Aro Muric 40 Bradley Collins
2 Kyle Walker Danilo 74' 2 John Brayford
50 Eric Garcia 3 Jake Buxton
30 Nicolas Otamendi 6 Ben Turner
35 Oleks Zinchenko 19 Reece Hutchinson
17 Kevin De Bruyne Foden 58' 16 Marcus Harness
8 Ilkay Gündogan 7 Scott Fraser Sbarra 79'
21 David Silva 22 Kieran Wallace
26 Riyad Mahrez 4 Jamie Allen Fox 68'
33 Gabriel Jesus 10 Lucas Akins
19 Leroy Sané Bernardo Silva 66' 27 Liam Boyce Templeton 68'


3 Danilo 1 Stepen Bywater
5 John Stones 5 Kyle McFadzean
7 Raheem Sterling 9 Joe Sbarra
18 Fabian Delph 11 David Templeton
20 Bernardo Silva 12 Ben Fox
31 Ederson 14 Damien McCrory
47 Philip Foden 18 Will Miller

Game Statistics

27 Goal attempts 4
14 On Target 1
7 Corners 1
5 Fouls 6
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
74 % 26

Johnny On The Spot:

#EMPHATIC.  Pep Guardiola channelled his famed ruthlessness yet again into his record breaking Manchester City side for the club’s 11th League Cup semi-final with a storming dismissal of Burton Albion in a performance that immediately eases some pressure from a bulging fixture list. The goalfest represented City’s record League Cup win.

Initial City profligacy gave way to a 7 minute first half blitzkrieg that reduced a game, hard working Burton to paper kites in a wind tunnel. Nigel Clough’s men actually had a gilt-edged opportunity to make the game 1-1 at one stage but thereafter were hopelessly outclassed and mercilessly thrashed.

Following this crushing defeat one would expect Burton’s fans to not complain about City cunningly growing the grass too long the way Merseyslide’s entitled Liverpool supporters have done. It could well be that The Blues lung bursting victory over “The People’s Champions” last week could prove the catalyst for a rampant second half assault on City’s season such is the hunger and desire Pep’s side are displaying. Goals, goals, goals, no matter who they are scored against can give a team fabulous momentum and City’s double whamming of Rotherham and Burton has continued to construct a platform for more domestic success.

There were big plusses all over the park and off it for City. Resurgent Kevin de Bruyne who went straight down the tunnel on the hour mark, continued his rehabilitation and has now scored 9 goals and assisted 4 in 13 League Cup appearances for the club. Furthermore, Gabriel Jesus’ selfless season long hard work is finally reaping the rewards he thoroughly deserves. Up in the tribunes, what a treat this was for our next generation of Blues, the nippers all getting in for £5.

Meanwhile, a doffed flat cap to El Boss’s shrewd, but forced midwinter rotation of his squad which has seen an injury crisis gradually overcome. Benjamin Mendy is now the sole man out of action. He has begun training alone and will rejoin the group inside a fortnight. The Blues and especially flu struck Kun Aguero will now benefit from a weekend off before taking on Wolves in the bid to turn the heat up on Jurgen Klopp’s inexperienced title chasers. City are hunting in packs, fighting to get on to the pitch and taking no prisoners.

JB’s Man Of The Match: 17 year old Eric Garcia who once again looks to be a classy, calm operator in central defence.