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City progression pleases Pep

27th January 2019, 03:45 by Michael Holland

Pep Guardiola was delighted with the way Manchester City demolished Burnley, but still called for improvement after the game.

The Premier League champions maintained their interest in four competitions as they thrashed the Clarets 5-0 in their FA Cup fourth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne all struck before Burnley's Kevin Long turned into his own net and Sergio Aguero added a late penalty.

City manager Guardiola said: "I'm really pleased - for the commitment and the professionalism. We have a lot of games, not just in our legs, but in our minds.

"Of course we have to improve a few things but, in general, knowing how difficult a tie against Burnley is, we made good movements.

"After the second and third goals it was easier. I am satisfied to be in the next round and the draw on Monday."

De Bruyne, who missed most of the first half of the season after suffering two knee injuries, was hugely impressive. It was his third start in the space of a week and the Belgium playmaker appears to be getting back to his best.

Guardiola said: "It's not easy for players when they've been a long time injured, for the rhythm, for the pace. You can believe you are ready because you train but you need time. That is why we try to handle the minutes.

"But we know what Kevin is and we need him. He is clever, he saw passes, he is so aggressive in his game. That is why he helped us a lot."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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