This was Brutal. Magic of the cup? Manchester City don’t know what that means. They went on a rampage to destroy, dismantle and decimate Burton. It turned how to be a record win for a League Cup Semi-final.
Burton had won by just being there, no matter what the result. This is the first time in Burton’s history that they are in a League Cup semi-final. This being said, Man City showed absolutely no mercy and were ruthless. They stretched, exploited and ran Burton ragged. It was a training game at the best of times.
This was far too easy for a City team that was very strong. Arujanet Muric and Eric Garcia the only players who are not a Man City regulars, and they both looked as assured as the rest. Pep Guardiola respected Burton and the cup, and clearly wants another trophy on his CV.’ I want to win every competition we compete in, and I have put a team out based on this’ said Pep.
It was always going to be a tough evening for Burton at the Etihad, especially when they went 1-0 down after 5 minutes through Kevin De Bruyne. Burton fans will venture down the whole of ‘what if’ because of what occurred on the 11th minute. This was through some good work through of Lucas Akins who put the ball right across the box and set up Marcus Harness, who rushed his shot and blazed it over. The goal was gaping and he should’ve done better from about 10 yards.
Gabriel Jesus then put City 2-0 up, and this seemed to the killer for the Brewers. They needed at the most a 1 goal difference to make it competitive. City never looked back. Var almost striked again for City’s 3rd goal of the night and Jesus’s 2nd, but it was rightly still given. Zincheko scored his first goal for the club to make it 4-0 after 37 minutes, in controversial style. A clear cross looped in just over keeper Ben Collins.’ I defiantly meant it ‘said Zincheko, with a cheeky grin on his face. ‘I’m delighted to score my first City goal and can’t wait to score many more’.
Half time struck and a fairly empty Etihad were relaxed and calm, knowing they could for sure rest their players in the 2nd leg, with the game completely out of sight. The 3k Burton fans still enjoying the day out. Everyone inside the Etihad assumed a fairly relaxed 2nd half was in store. It was the opposite.
City still smelt blood. Wave after wave of attack and Burton just couldn’t cope. It was a painful watch at times. ‘It goes without saying how proud of the boys I am to even get to this stage’ Nigel Clough stated. ‘It was disappointing however the manner, and we let the fans down’
Jesus completed his hat trick with another header to make it 5-0, and then Foden, who got substituted for Kevin De Bryune, completed a memorable week adding to the scoresheet . City somehow upped the intensity, with record for a League cup win in sight. At 6-0, they were 3 goals away with 25 minutes left. They didn’t quite get it, but it was still a destruction of immense quality. Jesus got his 4th goal of the night shortly after Foden’s, then came walkers, then came Mahrez. It was an awkward affair at this point, a goal lust. Hard to watch. The 2nd leg will be a strange game, a glorified friendly.
The holders will now face Tottenham or Chelsea, which is a tasty affair in the making. Tottenham currently hold a 1-0 advantage in that tie. Burton will look back on their run with pride, but will not look back at this day with as much sentiment as they should’ve.