Man City put nine goals Burton Albion in first leg of League Cup semi-final 3 years ago

Man City put nine goals Burton Albion in first leg of League Cup semi-final

Man City 9 (NINE) - 0 Burton Albion

Manchester City beat Burton Albion 9-0 on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

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Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus (4), Olexandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez got the goals at the Etihad Stadium.

It was an ultimately pointless exhibition. Before the match, everyone knew City would win, and the sight of them laying siege to Burton's goal in the final minutes as they tried to make it double figures was, depending on your point of view, just cruel or very funny.

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Unsurprisingly it was a complete mismatch. Burton may have been in the semi-finals on merit, but the two clubs are effectively competing in different sports.

Burton are currently ninth in League One and as Sky Sports detailed before the match, the gulf between the two teams was astronomical.

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City's squad cost £756 million to assemble. Burton's cost £700,000. City's wage bill is £242m a year. Burton's is £8m.

This match could be played another 99 times, and City would probably win it every single time.

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City didn't do anything wrong. They certainly didn't patronise their opponents by easing off and behaved in a professional manner by aiming to score as many goals as possible.

Had they eased up after their fifth goal, or played a weakened side, they would have been accused of patronising the Brewers.

 

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. You can't accuse him of not looking on the bright side.