Manchester City have avoided Chelsea and Tottenham after being drawn to face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. The League One Brewers were rewarded for beating Championship side Middlesbrough with a two-legged last-four meeting with Pep Guardiola’s City when the draw was made on Wednesday evening.
City have experienced Cup shocks in the past, particularly against Wigan, and will of course take nothing for granted, but they will fancy their chances of going through over the two legs.
Brewers boss Nigel Clough is also well aware of what is on the horizon, but they would have been huge underdogs whoever they drew, and is looking forward to the challenge. “They are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment,” Clough said. “What they have done over the last year or so in England is quite frightening for a team in League One. “The one thing Pep Guardiola might be pleased with is that he won’t have to risk too many players. “I don’t think it makes too much difference being away in the first leg. I think whatever the score in the first leg people will want to watch Manchester City at the Pirelli Stadium. “Financial considerations for us as this stage are the main thing but it’s also something for everyone to look forward to. There are three out of the top four in the Premier League left in the competition and us – it’s incredible.”