Burton traveled to the Etihad in the first leg of the semi-final of the Carabao Cup. The league 2 side was up against the premier league champions, who were fresh from a win against Liverpool. Burton Albion, a name known to a meager few beat Middlesborough 1 goal to nil in the quarters. The match was uneven with the squad price of Man City estimating to a billion pounds more. City brought out a strong attack in Jesus, Mahrez, and Sane.
The Cityzens began strongly. Sane dribbled down the flank and launched in a cross for Jesus to miss the target in the 2nd minute. David Silva clipped in a ball for De Bruyne to head in the first goal of the night. Burton surprisingly sprung to life after the first goal. They created the maximum chances for the next 20 minutes with Allen skying his chance from 5 yards out and Akins dribbling passed a few city defenders but Muric matching. City ended the half strongly with Jesus scoring a brace with 2 tap-ins and Zinchenko scoring a left-foot curler from outside the box. With 4 goals to Man City’s name, the game was surely ended at half-time.
However, with Man City’s attacking prowess, 4 was average. They wanted more. Jesus secured his hattrick in the 57th minute with a glancing header to the far post. Phil Foden came on as a substitute and scored with a tap-in in the 63rd. Jesus added his 4th, while Mahrez and Walker scored too and had their names written on the scoring sheet.
9 goals for Man City and the second-leg is now merely a formality for the Sky Blues. Burton Albion shouldn’t be upset with themselves. Reaching this stage should be taken as an achievement for them. It is with surety we can say that Man City will play either Chelsea or Tottenham in the Carabao Cup Final.