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Burton Albion vs Manchester City at Pirelli Stadium

Pirelli Stadium Referee : Kevin Friend
23rd January 2019 7:45 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Burton Albion

  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘26' Sergio Agüero


Commentary By Neil Leigh


That's all for this evening folks - thanks for tuning in and hope you enjoyed my musings.

We'll be back on Saturday for more cup action - this time FA Cup - as we host Burnley at the Etihad. Until then...


The Burton view

NIGEL CLOUGH: "The youngsters will learn so much from being on the same pitch as these magnificent players. Their attitude, everything.

"Hopefully we have made a few quid from the run but it's more about the experience."


Pep's full-time verdict

PEP: "It was quite good, the pitch was so dangerous, so slippery. We made a good game, we missed the last pass but Burton had two or three clear chances. Arijanet Muric was outstanding. We are in the final.

"Every game is completely different, we started at 9-0 up but I didn't see a lack of desire. We played seriously, had no injuries.

"The youngsters did well, they had good performances. It's important to be in the final, it's not easy to get to back-to-back finals, it doesn't matter which competition. Now we will prepare well and try to win."


'I'm speechless'

IAN POVEDA: "I enjoyed it a lot, I am buzzing. The fans were awesome. I am speechless to be honest, it was an amazing feeling to play with these guys."


Mendy's delight...

BENJAMIN MENDY: "It is not a strange game, we did a good part in the first leg and we came here to try and do the same. To play well and win the game.

"It was not a bad performance, we had lots of young players. We said to them don't be shy, enjoy, and they did today.

"It was important to win the game. The conditions were not great but we prepared for this."


Waiting game

Now it's a case of tuning in tomorrow night for the conclusion of the second semi-final between Chelsea and Spurs. Tottenham hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg of course.


Full time

All over and City confirm our ticket to the Carabao Cup final. 1-0 on the night, 10-0 on aggregate on a night brimming with positives. Job done!!


Home pride

Brewers boss Nigel Clough looks a happier man tonight than he did at the Etihad a fortnight ago and so he should. His players have not let him down and pushed City all the way.



Curse of the commentator. Now there finally is a corner after Gabriel Jesus is denied by a brave save from Burton keeper Bradley Collins.


Cruise control

City playing keep ball now as we run the clock down with less then five minutes on the clock. Mendy marauds forward but his cross is cleared.


Bravo Aro

Muric impresses again, diving bravely to deny Harkness before Poveda produces a stunning turn to befuddle the Burton back-line. Class acts the pair of them.


Singing the Blues

The Blues fans are singing loud and proud as the clock winds down. They are already looking forward to another Wembley outing.


Harsh call

Having just seen the replay I think the City youngster was unlucky. He was pretty much bundled to the ground... and we are not playing rugby!!

Penalty shout

This time its's City who have a claim after Harness clashes with Nmecha and sends the youngster clattering to the ground. Again Kevin Friend says No.



What a clearance from Eric Garcia. Sandler slipped, Boyce was first denied by Muric's brave save  before Miler's goalbound shot was cleared off the line by Garcia.  



Our final substitution of the night and its another debut. This time Felix Nemcha is handed a first senior City call, as he replaces Oleks Zinchenko


Double switch

Twin change for the Blues. Sergio comes off to be replaced by Gabriel Jesus while Benjamin Mendy - out since November - makes a welcome return in place of Kevin De Bruyne. 


Inches wide

Sergio Aguero is agonizingly wide with another side-foot shot after a wonderful City counter attack and pin-point pass from Phil Foden. 


Nick of time

Burtopn, to their credit, are still pressing at every opportunity and Sandler has to be on his toes once more to intercept a  dangerous Templeton cross


Ab Fab

Fabian Delph another to catch the eye tonight and he drives forward again causing havoc in the Burton box only for the move to peter out.


Penalty shout

Burton's David Templeton wants a penalty after crashing to the turf in the penalty area under pressure from Danilo. Nothing doing, says ref Kevin Friend


Off the line

Brilliant work by Danilo who drives forward and finds Fabian Delph. He has two bites at scoring but Bradley Collins clears off the line


Value for money

There may be some new names on show as far as Burton are concerned but their fans are watching another quality City display. And some likely stars of the future


Centre ground

So many good things about that first 45 minutes. Ian Poveda excellent on his debut while Philippe Sandler and Eric Garcia have shone in the centre of our defence.


Cruise control

City dominant and we look a threat every time we go forward. De Bruyne, Mahrez, Aguero, Foden, Poveda... the threats to Burton's back-line are numerous.


Class act

Eric Garcia gets better and better each time I see him. He's just produced a deft side flick to deny the hosts as they pressed on the City box. Effortless.


Careful Aro!

Aro Muric almost is a touch too relaxed as he collects Sandler's back-pass and has to hurry his clearance off the goalline as Burton press


Belgian's special brew

Another wonderful through ball from KDB has just too much pace on it otherwise Poveda would have been. Looks like Kev is getting right back in the groove.


Up for the fight

Give Burton credit. They come back upfield and Will Miller delivers a fine shot from outside the box which just goes wide of the City goal


Brilliant Blues

Kevin De Bruyne the architect with a sublime ball to Mahrez. The Algerian then pulled the ball back to Kun who side-footed the ball home. No less than we deserve. 


Getting closer

Another wonderful move by City and this time Mahrez is just half a metre wide with his shot. The Blues so fluid and comfortable in possession.  



Aro Muric produces a fine save to deny Burton's Northern Ireland star Liam  Boyce after his cheeky back flick looked goal bound. Smart work by the Blues keeper



Fabian Delph fires Mahrez in space on the right wing once again. He comes inside and whips in a powerful shot but is just wide of the far post. Close!


Close quarters

Mahrez seeing a lot of the ball in these early stages. He fires in another teasing cross but Sergio's pull back is intercepted in the Burton box.


10 minute warning...

Just under 10 minutes to go until kick-off. Time for a pre-match brew (or alternative beverage of your choice!) and then we'll be underway.


Pre-match thoughts from Pep

The boss has been speaking about Ian Carlo Poveda, who makes his senior debut and Philippe Sandler who makes his first senior start tonight.

"They will speak for themselves during the game. Ian is a winger… he’s a brave guy, he’s not scared," said Pep.

"And the other one (Sandler) there was a big injury in the beginning. But it’s a good test for them today."


Waiting game...

Gabriel Jesus, who starts on the bench, has scored five goals in the Carabao Cup this season, including four against Burton in the first leg.

The last time a City player scored more in the competition was in 2013-14 (Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko, six each).


Special K

Kevin De Bruyne starts again tonight and it's fair to say he rather enjoys the Carabao Cup...

To date, KDB has been involved in 13 goals in his 13 League Cup appearances for the Blues (9 goals, 4 assists).

Some seriously impressive stats from our Belgian maestro.


Young at heart

There are a number of exciting youngsters on the bench too with Pep selecting goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw, Felix Nmecha, Luke Bolton and Taylor Richards


Back in the game...

Benjamin Mendy could make a welcome return to the squad tonight after two months out injured and Pep spoke warmly about the French defender's qualities in yesterday's presser...

"I miss him a lot," said the Blues boss. "I have a feeling he can give us something extra and hopefully in the last part of the season, we can use him.

"When he pushes from the outside, he is unstoppable and especially in the last third. He is so clever."


More from the Burton boss...

NIGEL CLOUGH: "If one of our players could score against one of the best teams in Europe then that would be a milestone for us.

"It will be about little milestones, and pride of course."


Mutual respect

There was nothing but respect between Pep Guardiola and Brewers boss Nigel Clough before, during and after the first leg. And the Burton boss has been effusive in his praise for the Blues once again leading up to tonight's clash... 


Squad goals

City's 9-0 first leg win over Burton was the biggest-ever margin of victory in a semi-final of an English cup competition. A win by three or more goals tonight would set a new League Cup record for the biggest aggregate win.


Cup omens

The Blues, of course, are seeking to successfully defend the Carabao Cup after last year's triumph. And that, of course, was subsequently followed by our Premier League title success.


Starter's orders

Pep offered up a few tantalising clues as to his selection thoughts in yesterday's pre-match press conference. Less than an hour now before we find out who gets the nod...


Fire and ice

It's already a chilly one at the Pirelli Stadium thanks to the bone-numbing temperature but, hopefully, there should be plenty of thrills to warm us up on the pitch!


Here we go

Good evening Blues. And It promises to be another busy night as we seek to rubber-stamp our Carabao Cup final ticket in our semi-final second leg trip to Burton Albion.



Gabriel Jesus has scored five goals in the League Cup this season, including four against Burton in the first leg. The last time a City player scored more in the competition was in 2013-14 (Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko, six each).


More of the same?

The only previous competitive meeting between Burton and Man City was in the first leg - with Burton suffering their biggest defeat since becoming a Football League side in 2009-10 (0-9).


More from Clough

"It will probably never happen again. To beat the team's we have beaten to get here and end up in the last four with Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham - three of the best sides in Europe.

"It's amazing, really, and the fact that the semi-finals are over two legs helps emphasise that."


Burton boss Nigel Clough

"It will be about little milestones, and pride of course.

"If one of our players could score against one of the best teams in Europe then that would be a milestone for us.

"And it would be a wonderful individual milestone for whoever got a goal."



Good morning! Full minute-by-minute coverage of the game will begin right here at 5.45pm. 

Until then, ill post a few things to keep you entertained.