Holders Manchester city will look forward to defensive the League Cup in next month's final at Wembley as Gabriel jesus struck four goals in a 9-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in their semifinal, 1st leg on Wednesday.
Kevin de Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez were also on target against Nigel Clough's League One side as Manchester city ensured their visit to the Pirelli stadium on Jan 23 is a mere formality.
Of course we are already in the final. we've to play second leg and we will take it seriously. Happy to be in the final once more," said city boss pep Guardiola.
It's hard to play this kind of game. we spoke (before the game) to take it seriously, we started well."
After also thrashing Rotherham 7-0 in the fa Cup on Sunday with a much-changed side, Guardiola was able to once more hand a rest to a number of his key players but named a strong side with de Bruyne continuing his comeback from injury.
And the Belgian set the tone for the evening by heading city into a fifth-minute lead as he timed his run into the box perfectly to move home David Silva's cross.
Clough admitted before the game it would|it'd} take a "miracle" for Burton to blunt the Premier League champions' might over 2 legs.
We did not expect anything less given the gulf in class between the teams, we really feared it could be more," said Clough, a two-time League Cup winner as a player under his father Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest.
We've made history with the club reaching to the last four of a Cup competition. Once we saw the 3 groups (in the semifinals) it was always going to be trouble."
So it proved, but the guests missed an excellent chance to get straight back on level terms when Marcus Harness blasted over Lucas Akins's cross when fully unmarked inside the bench.
It took city till the half hour mark to double their advantage, however a glut of 3 goals in seven minutes followed to put the tie to bed before the break.
Jesus headed home his initial from close range after Bradley Collins had denied Leroy Sane before the Brazilian slotted home Silva's cushioned pass via the inside of the post.
Players like me want to play more, to help the team, and that we went out there to win," aforesaid Saviour.
City did not want any luck, however still got some when Zinchenko's meant cross then looped over Collins to create it 4-0.
Other sides may have slacked off in the second period, but with competition for places so fierce among Guardiola's team, the hosts were merciless to match the Catalan's biggest ever win as a coach.
Jesus power-driven home a header to complete his second hat-trick of the season.
De Bruyne was then replaced by home favourite Foden, who was surprisingly missed the stating XI, just before the hour mark.
It took simply four minutes for the 18-year-old to attain his third town goal as he profited from the rebound when Collins did well to parry Jesus's 1st effort.
Jesus did before long have his fourth with a delicate finish from Sane's cross and City's dominance was summed up when right-back Kyle Walker strode forward to fire home his side's eighth of the evening.
Mahrez made it 9 seven minutes from time and those city fans still in the Etihad cried for a historic 10th.
But that was the only thing city fell in need of on the night with a final meeting against Tottenham or Chelsea on February 24 warranted.