Man City outclass Burnley at the Etihad

Man City outclass Burnley at the Etihad

Man City outclass Burnley at the Etihad

They now seek a place in the League Cup final as they host Championship side Bristol City in the first leg of their semi-final today.

And with City 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League and most managers already conceding the title race is over, the FA Cup is a competition that looks like the best opportunity of silverware for rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham - with the first two already into the hat after fourth-round victories.

Guardiola named a strong Manchester City XI despite being in the middle of a run of 16 matches in 59 days, with the Champions League to follow after that.

"If we believe we need something because we are in four competitions and anything can happen, then OK". "We played against Burnley in a tough cup tie".

LEVEL UP. And off to the next round! Fernandinho will protect the backline, while Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva start. It wouldnt surprise me to see Guardiola play a number of fringe players in this game against Bristol City which could make the game closer.

"If we have less games, then a player or two or three players, will sit on the bench unsatisfied with their situation".

"But we have a lot of games and we just have to change because a player can not play every single game".

It is likely that there will be a few more fringe players involved against Bristol City.

"That was my own situation over the last month".

"When I don't play I'm not the most happiest person on earth, but the next day I'm convinced my chance will come again and I'm going to play again".

"We were on the back foot when that equaliser went in".

Bristol City knocked out City's rivals Manchester United in the quarter-finals and Gundogan is taking nothing for granted, even though his side will be expected to reach the EFL Cup final.

"Sometimes in football, the rule might be the rule, but there's a common sense moment, especially from experienced referees where they think 'hang on, that's the player that's got to be in that slot, and I've just allowed it to be passed through there when he's five yards away from the free kick, motioning towards me, are you going to blow the whistle?'" But despite all these facts, our aim is to beat them.

Dyche shrugged off the incident, saying: "You both fight, you both want your teams to win".

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