Pep Guardiola is already looking ahead to the Carabao Cup final after Manchester City hammered Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday night.
The Premier League champions steamrollered their League One opponents in ruthless fashion at the Etihad, with Gabriel Jesus netting four times as Guardiola picked up the joint biggest win of his managerial career.
After the game he was keen to praise Burton’s unlikely journey to the last four, even though they were on the receiving end of a dominant performance.
‘Well the result was good and of course we are already in the final,’ Guardiola told Sky Sports after the game. ‘Of course we have to play the second leg, we are going to take it seriously, but we are happy to be there again – like last season.
‘And congratulations to our opponent Burton because they made an incredible tournament, incredible Carabao Cup.
‘They beat Burnley and Middlesbrough and Aston Villa, teams from the Championship, in their position, so they have to be so proud. They did so well.’
On his side’s performance, he added: ‘It is not easy to play this kind of game against lower league teams, we spoke about taking it seriously, we started quite well, made a lot of movements in behind.
‘The period between the first goal and the second goal we had problems, we didn’t win second balls, we were a little bit passive in these kind of situations. ‘But after the second and third goal everything was easy. In the second half we increased. We knew that the big difference in these competitions is the rhythm.
We are a little faster and quicker. In the first minutes they can keep up with this rhythm, but by the end they are a little bit down and that’s why the result was easier.’