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Manchester City 4-1 Burnley

09 January, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Gundogan targeting four trophies despite Guardiola's quadruple doubts

City's game against Bristol is followed by a crunch league meeting with Liverpool at Anfield. Manchester City and Bristol City play their semi-final over two legs starting on Tuesday.

"If we believe we need something because we are in four competitions and anything can happen, then OK".

"What he has done so far is wonderful", said Guardiola.

Guardiola has rotated his squad for the League Cup, using a blend of youngsters and fringe players, and they have been taken to penalties in the last two rounds.

"David is a legend for the club for what he has done", Guardiola said. Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling support Sergio Aguero up top. "I am happy for him to have made his statement and it is not easy for him to travel to Spain and England back and forth".

City continue to win regardless of the competition.

And they were ahead in the 25th minute when Ashley Barnes pounced on John Stones' uncharacteristic error to blast a shot past Bravo.

The City midfielder only came back to Manchester on Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the cup tie.

Thereafter the home side, with a few changes but a host of stars on show, had plenty in hand and they ran out convincing winners in the end, keeping alive their hopes of a domestic clean sweep.

Aguero, however, levelled from a quickly-taken free-kick and made it 2-1 from Ilkay Gundogan's back-heel. "We made changes, we've got to protect the team at the minute with injuries, and once they're in front, it's hard", he added.

If Guardiola needs to make changes at any point in the 90 minutes then he can look to his bench, where options include Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure. "It's a tough draw for us but we want to keep going in that competition".

"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?'"

The Carabao Cup (League Cup to the rest of us) has already been one of the more freakish elements to the 2017/18 season, with draws taking place a ungodly times of the morning in the far east or in some cases not at all.



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