Manchester City showed Burton Albion 'respect' in 9-0 win - Pep Guardiola

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It isn't the first time City have made a point of annihilating comparatively weaker opposition either, with last weekend's FA Cup third round clash against Rotherham ending in a comprehensive 7-0 romp.

Manchester City did not disrespect Burton despite thrashing them 9-0 and it would have been unprofessional if they had reduced their intensity, says Danny Higginbotham.

It was also the first time City had scored at least eight goals in a single match since November 1987, when they beat Huddersfield Town 10-1 in a league game.

"We could do better with one or two but the gulf [in class] of the two teams is far too much to comprehend". Sean Dyche seems to have finally got his side ticking and, importantly, they look much improved at the back after a few heavy defeats this season. Then, after four days, we have another final at home to Wolves.

"You're bringing confidence to players within that team as well".

Surely playing at their ruthless best is the way to show respect to an inferior opponent?

The Seagulls have to date been one of the surprise packages of the Premier League season, with Chris Hughton's troops now just two points outside of a place in the top-10 of the table. Burton may have been in the semi-finals on merit, but the two clubs are effectively competing in different sports.

"They have the best youngsters in the country at the moment, so whichever team they play has quality".

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Asked if he wants Kompany to stay at City, Guardiola said: "We are considering it, we are talking about that".

In the League Cup alone, City have won 13 of their last 15 games against lower league sides, scoring a total of 50 goals in the process.

"We spoke about that at half-time - to play simple, let them run and try to score more goals", Guardiola told a news conference.

"I take the cups seriously. You have to take it in the first leg".

"Do I wish we hadn't played?"

"It is not very pleasant when you are losing by that scoreline but it was nothing more than we expected". The one we seen on Sunday who are on their game and irresistible, but they have also thrown in a couple of well below-par performances.

"We will definitely have to be somewhere close to that to even think about getting something on Saturday".

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