Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for his rampant team after they put nine past a hapless Burton Albion in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals, all but ensuring their passage to the final.
Gabriel Jesus scored four goals in a game that saw City ruthlessly take apart Burton, with the goals almost reaching double digits. This 9-0 win means Guardiola can rest his stars for the second leg of the semifinal.
Guardiola praised his team’s efficiency in front of goal in the semifinal and was happy that the team were looking for goals throughout the game despite settling by half time thanks to the four goals they had already scored.
“We are in the final,” the Spaniard told his post-match media conference, according to Goal. “Of course, we have to play the second game [and] we will take it seriously.
“Big congratulations to Burton for the tournament they have done, they have beaten teams from the Premier League and Championship, they deserve to be here.
“We scored the first goal quickly but the period between the first and second goal was not good, we didn’t control our right side, they had a clear chance at 1-0.
“But the difference with Premier League teams is the quality of the players and the rhythm. When you have high intensity for 90 minutes they [drop] and that’s why after the third and fourth goals it was easier.
“It was important to take advantage. We didn’t expect to score so many goals but it is good because we are in the final, that’s nice and to come back again means a lot for us.
“Every game is important, that is why we are satisfied to get back to Wembley.”
Guardiola will welcome the break that his first team squad members will get, as they will have a full schedule after the Champions League starts next month.