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Clough urges Burton to savour experience as they chase Man City upset

Clough urges Burton to savour experience as they chase Man City upset

Pep Guardiola demanded Manchester City not go easy on Burton Albion at half-time on Wednesday night before bludgeoning nine past them. "When you get to the semi-finals and you have beaten Premier League teams and mythic teams like Aston Villa or Middlesbrough, the reason why they are here, they deserve incredible credit".

"If everyone is fit and not injured we can cope with it", Guardiola said.

"It's good for us because we can play the second team and players who don't play so many minutes".

"If you ease off you don't have respect". The best way is do what we have to do.

"I take the cups seriously".

'I am off for a glass of wine with Nigel Clough, I know how important his father was for English football, he was a genius. Before heading backstage to see Guardiola, Clough said with a laugh: "I hope he's got more than a glass".

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"I told them that front five, if they reach the Champions League semi-final, will give Real Madrid or whoever they play a problem". It doesn't matter what happened last season, you have to take it.

"We are considering it, we are talking about that", Guardiola said of a possible new deal. "To be fair we scored a lot of goals, we wanted more, and our fans did too". We have a bit of a break now that week to prepare for other competitions.' Clough was pragmatic, revealing he thought the scoreline could have been worse for Burton. "That says an terrible lot about them".

The Gunners managed to qualify to the fourth round after they convincingly beat Blackpool over the weekend where Elneny was given his regular start by Unai Emery in cup competitions. "We didn't do too much wrong, two or three of the goals we could have done more but we didn't too badly".

Holders Chelsea were given a home game against one of two lower-league teams, Sheffield Wednesday or Luton. "But we still have an outside chance of achieving a miracle, and that's what we'll try for".

The Black Cats are one of the several clubs interested in a loan transfer for Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock.