Kevin De Bruyne ‘angry’ with Pep Guardiola after being subbed against Burton

Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has a dreadful FA Cup record since reaching the semi-final in 2003. Credit Reuters

City were 4-0 up at halftime but continued to rip apart their vastly out-classed League One opponents as they ran up the biggest margin of victory in an English cup semi-final. "They don't just beat you, they annihilate you".

"Manchester City are the current Premier League champions, it is over two legs so we will go there on Wednesday and we will enjoy the occasion but I think it is about damage limitation after seeing the demolition of Rotherham in the FA Cup on Sunday". Guardiola's options have been cut with the departure of Carabao Cup regular Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid this week, but the strength in depth available to him means there is unlikely to be much good news for Burton when the team-sheets are distributed.

After the game, Burton manager Nigel Clough said that one of the few positives from the match was that his team didn't concede 10 goals.

"Every time we respect the opponent".

Everton face a tricky test at Championship side Millwall, while Barnet, the only non-league team in the last 32, were drawn at home to second-tier Brentford.


Burton, ninth in League One, had beaten Shrewsbury, Aston Villa, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough to reach their first major cup semi-final.

"We have to play the second leg".

"I prefer it, definitely", he said.

"The only way is to take it seriously".

'I've had unbelievable days beside them.


The recent stats are all against us - Liverpool have won the last six meetings - but that's why we're getting a massive price.

Admittedly the last of those defeats was with a weakened side at Wolves in the FA Cup, but momentum is against the Reds at the moment and I fancy that Brighton can give a central defence shorn of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and, now, Dejan Lovren plenty of problems.

"It is not very pleasant when you are losing by that scoreline but it was nothing more than we expected".

The January transfer window is open and managers are working hard on strengthening their squads and identifying targets for the summer so we'll keep you up-to-date with the latest rumours.

City, for instance, held a 14-point advantage over Chelsea at the same stage past year and are the first top-flight team to reach the 50-point mark after 21 games and not lead the table. Although young Eric Garcia did not put a foot wrong, he was rarely involved in the action and you could be excused if you forgot the youngster was on the park.


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