Manchester City showed Burton Albion 'respect' in 9-0 win - Pep Guardiola

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Gabriel Jesus scored four goals in Manchester City's 9-0 win over third-tier Burton Albion on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) in the first leg of an English League Cup semifinal that proved even more of a mismatch than anticipated.

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. "They don't just beat you, they annihilate you".

After setting up Walker for City's eighth, Mahrez completed Burton's misery with a goal of his own, the Algeria worldwide poking the ball past Collins to round out a one-sided semi-final encounter.

Jesus sent a low strike wide of the far post but with half an hour played City had a second, Sane's effort blocked by the goalkeeper and looping up for Jesus to head home.

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The Reds' 2-1 loss to Wolves at Molineux in the FA Cup was the second time they've exited a cup competition at the first time of asking, following the EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea at Anfield in September. It has been a mammoth journey to reach the last four, having had to win five matches dating all the way back to the middle of August.

However, in eliminating Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough of the Championship and Premier League strugglers Burnley, Burton haven't yet faced anyone of City's calibre.

It really is a complete mismatch when you look at any possible angle between these two teams. Nobody gives us much of a chance and rightly so but it's just about the players, everybody, talking about supporters, who have been following the club for 50-60 years never dreamt of us being in a League Cup semi-final. "You can not be 'oh, it's Burton" and we did not - that is why I'm pleased. Kyle Walker waltzed in for number eight after sublime play from Mahrez, who has assisted three of the last four City goals.

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