Manchester City rewrote another page in the English football history books last night with an impressive 9-0 win over Burton Albion in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi finals last night.
The current Premier League and Carabao Cup holders were in irresistible form as produce an exceptional display of attacking football against Nigel Clough’s hapless league one side to as good as secure their place in the first final of the season.
The result is the heaviest league cup defeat by any English side in over 30 years, since Liverpool’s 10-0 win over Fulham in 1986, whilst also becoming the largest ever margin of defeat at this stage of the competition. The game also marked City’s first ever time they had scored over 8 goals in a game since beating Huddersfield town 10-1 in a lower league game back in 1987.
After earlier describing the League Cup as “a more local competition” and said “everybody is happy to win but no-one is sad to go out“. City boss Pep Guardiola still named and impressive side that had a blend of experience and youth with Internationals like Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus (Pictured) and Kevin De Bruyne all starting along side 20 year old keeper Aro Muric and Spanish Central defender Eric Garcia celebrating his 18th Birthday in style.
From the kick off Burton were under the cosh and within five minutes City had taken the lead through the head of De Bruyne and should have doubled their lead minutes later only for German international Sane to send his effort into the side netting.
However, it was three goals in a seven minute spell mid way through the first half that finish the game as a competition as Jesus responded the quickest to head in his first of the game after Burton Keeper Brad Collins had failed to hold onto Sane’s shot. The Brazilian made it 3-0 minutes later, yet again Sane providing the cross that left Jesus to just tap the ball into the net, the ref then deciding to use VAR just to confirm Jesus was onside which he was.
Zinchenko, back in the side after some below par displays over the xmas period was happy to get his name on the score board with his first in City colours, with a smart looped effort over the keeper from the edge of the box. Riyad Mahrez could have added another before the break, but this time Collins was up to the task with an excellent save meaning the sides went in with the score 4-0 at the break.
With a comprehensive lead like that many teams may just hit cruise control and play the rest of the game at a slower pace, but not Man City they came out off the half time break and straight back to business although to Burton credit they lasted ten minutes before Jesus completed his hat trick to make it 5-0.
It was look before it was 6 -0, this time Collins managing to briefly deny Jesus, only for the ball to land at the feet of youngster Phil Foden who calmly found the net at the first attempt. The Brazilian added his fourth three minutes later, his partnership with Sane proving exceptional again.
Kyle Walker made it 8-0 with a rare goal from the England fullback before Mahrez ended the scoring with minutes remaining as he bundled the ball over from close range. There was still time for Zinchenko to make it a round ten, but his header was well saved by Collins on the line.
Going into the game with such an advantage and job done, it could be save to say that Guardiola will have the luxury of resting a number of his starts for the return match in a fortnight.