Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

FA Cup: Aguero hits brace in Manchester City hammering of Burnley

FA Cup: Aguero hits brace in Manchester City hammering of Burnley

Manchester City face the League Cup's surprise package at The Etihad on Tuesday evening in the first leg of the semi-final.

And with City 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League and most managers already conceding the title race is over, the FA Cup is a competition that looks like the best opportunity of silverware for rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham - with the first two already into the hat after fourth-round victories.

The pair shared a superb 2-2 draw in the Premier League last week and punters will no doubt be expecting another goal-fest although the two-legged nature of the tie might be both sides are a little more cautious than their previous meeting.

The Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, a competition that Arsene Wenger's men have dominated in recent years winning three of the last four finals.

"In sport, the most important thing is what's next - visualize, focus on what's next".

Tough game to find value in but it could depend on what team Pep Guardiola plays. Great team result 4:1. Fernandinho will protect the backline, while Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva start.

Citizens boss Guardiola goes with Claudio Bravo in goal, while at the back he selects Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones as the central pairing.

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"Of course we know we are situated well in all competitions and the first one is the Carabao Cup the closest one - and we want to win it. If the schedule next season says you have to play every two days, then every two days we are going to play". Going into the game against the Clarets, a place at Wembley was a minimum of five matches away - ignoring the nightmare scenario of replays.

"That was also my own situation over the last month".

City's effort to get on terms were quite laboured until some quick thinking got them out of trouble ten minutes after the break.

"When I don't play I'm not the happiest person on earth, but the next day I'm convinced my chance will come again and I'm going to play again". "But just the fact they beat United shows we need to take this game very seriously".

Dyche said after the game that "teams like this nearly smell that moment and they did".

He added: "You both fight, you both want to win, you both want your teams to win, that's just how it should be".

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