'They annihilate you' - No complaints from Clough after City hammering

Tanya Simon
January 10, 2019

Pep Guardiola insists that Manchester City will not lose ground to Liverpool in the title race due to their continued participation in the domestic cup competitions.

"We spoke about travelling to Burton with as big an advantage as possible but we didn't expect to score so many goals", Guardiola said.

Jesus grabbed two more in a 13-minute second-half blitz that also saw Phil Foden and Kyle Walker hit the target before Riyad Mahrez completed the scoring late on.

De Bruyne nearly found Leroy Sane through the middle but Burton keeper Brad Collins was quickly off his line, and Silva's attempted chip was deflected behind.

The Ukrainian curled a spectacular 25-yard effort over Burton goalkeeper Bradley Collins to make the score 4-0 in the 37th minute following a fifth minute Kevin De Bruyne header and Gabriel Jesus brace.

"They're professional, they keep going and don't ever ease off", Clough said.

"We have to play the second leg".

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Four minutes later, Jesus had his brace and City their third.

It might even have been five at the break but for a good save by on-loan Chelsea keeper Collins while a potential foul on Jesus in the area was deemed not to be a penalty following a VAR check.

After De Bruyne's header five minutes in, City needed another 25 minutes to find the net - nearly conceding in the meantime - but after Jesus scored a quickfire double after the half-hour mark, they were relentless in pushing forward and were looking for a 10th when the final whistle went. "His father showed him some tricks." said City's manager.

Liverpool FC have established a lead at the top of the table after Manchester City lost Chelsea FC, Crystal Palace and Leicester City during December before the Citizens were 2-1 winners against Jurgen Klopp's men last week.

Moments later, Silva scooped over when he should have scored, but after 65 minutes it was 7-0 as Sane crossed from the left and Jesus flicked home.

David Silva should have made it seven when he missed the target from close range but the next was not long in coming.

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