The thing about stress is when it’s gone, it gives more than happiness. and that’s a relief.
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola would have clearly admitted to this saying as his team has managed to survive the threatening and dangerous Burton’s pitch on Wednesday. Manchester City successfully dismantled Burton at 1-0 without any injuries.
Earlier Man City had thrashed Burton 9-0 in the semi-final first leg in January to guarantee a comeback at Wembley 12 months after the competition.
Unlike Pep Guardiola’s side previous face-off, this was a low-key affair as Man City registered only one goal from Sergio Aguero glorious first-half kick. But what made Pep take a sigh of relief was the danger due to the slippery state of the surface on a freezing night at the Pirelli Stadium.
“The pitch was so dangerous, so slippery,” he said.
“Every game is completely different, we started at 9-0 but I didn’t see a lack of desire. We played seriously and had no injuries.”
City will be looking forward to playing against Chelsea or Tottenham in the final on February 24, with Spurs holding a 1-0 lead ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Pep Guardiola was all happy and satisfied after seven consecutive wins in all competitions and also after the return of France defender Benjamin Mendy following a knee injury.
The English champions will continue their campaign to win four major trophies this season when they face Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.