Guardiola insists Man City can challenge Liverpool despite busy schedule

Neil Warnock

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

We're going to play a lot from the second team and those who don't get many minutes.

Pep Guardiola recorded the second 9-0 win of his managerial career on Wednesday as Manchester City thrashed Burton Albion in the EFL Cup. But City fell foul of League One opposition last season when Wigan knocked them out of the FA Cup so Guardiola knows not to be complacent.

Another goal from the Brazilian and a curling strike from Zinchenko put the home side 4-0 up at the break, but they didn't take their foot off the gas in the second period.

"We wished we could get 10, maybe next time".

The fixtures pulled out of the hat tonight will be played on the final weekend of the month.

Having tasted back to back defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola's men have bounced back with three wins in a row, beating Southampton, Liverpool in the league and most recently thrashing Rotherham United 7-0 in the FA Cup.

Lineker is the second big-name pundit to take a pop at City fans this week. It's five wins on the bounce for United who are looking more and more of a threat to the Champions League positions.

All we'll say is that he looked mighty bashful while celebrating... 'We spoke about keeping it simple at half-time. "That's the thing with Manchester City, they're that good". Try to get to Wembley.

Elneny and co will take on the Red Devils after their renaissance following the much called-for sacking of Jose Mourinho with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer given the job on a temporary basis. The club captain's existing deal expires in the summer, when the Belgian is also due a testimonial after more than a decade with the club.

'We wanted to travel to Burton with the biggest advantage possible.

"I would like it".

Nigel Clough won this competition twice as a player in the late 1980s when playing for Nottingham Forest but there's no doubting that if he was to pull off the unthinkable and be successful as a manager this year, it would completely eclipse any other achievement. The only problem with Vincent is one - his injury problems. The best way is to do what we did. It's incredible. He's one of the best central defenders I've ever seen.

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