Manchester City were literally playing in cloud nine on Wednesday night as they decimated League One side Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their semi-final League Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium

Indeed, Pep Guardiola’s men have effectively confirmed their place in the final of the competition for a second season in a row with a game to spare courtesy of the 9-0 demolition.

In what looked like a monumental mismatch from the moment the draw was made, City showed no mercy to their opponents and opened the scoring through Kevin De Bruyne within five minutes.

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It took until the 30th minute before City could double their lead, but they scored seven times in the space of 40 minutes either side of half time with Gabriel Jesus helping himself to four of those, while Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden and Kyle Walker joined him on the scoresheet.

Riyad Mahrez then capped off the scoring seven minutes from time as Guardiola equaled his biggest ever win as a manager.

Next stop for City is the dangerous Wolverhampton team that would be at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.

Man City are currently four points behind Liverpool at the top of the table, with Jurgen Klopp’s men taking on Brighton on Saturday at the Amex Stadium.

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