Burton delight with windfall despite hiding to nothing against City
Burton Albion will depart the Carabao Cup tonight at least having secured a £500,000 jackpot for their heroics in the competition.
The League One club were thrashed 9-0 by Manchester City in the first leg and face another potentially painful night in front of 6,500 at the Pirelli Stadium tonight.
Nigel Clough guided his team to the last four with memorable victories over Burnley, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough. And Ben Robinson, the club chairman, says the journey will be etched into the club's history.
"We have earned a windfall of around £500,000 and that is a phenomenal amount for us," he said. "It will be so important for our future. We will be able to put some of that money towards January signings, supporting the wage bill and stadium improvements.
"We've played seven games to get in sight of Wembley and that is a remarkable achievement."
Burton are planning to put together a commemorative book for supporters, to honour the run to the last four. City will make League Cup history if they secure a 12-goal aggregate victory and the fact that Kevin De Bruyne will start is unlikely to help Burton's cause.
While other key players such as Fernandinho and David Silva will have a night off, Pep Guardiola is keen to get more minutes into De Bruyne. The Belgian has started only two Premier League games all season, having sustained two knee injuries, and Sunday's 3-0 win at Huddersfield was the first time he had played the whole 90 minutes.
Young centre-halves Eric Garcia and Philippe Sandler have made senior first-team debuts this season and should feature for City, while five others - Felix Nmecha, Luke Bolton, Iker Pozo, Taylor Richards and Ian Carlo Poveda - also travel.
"The guys who've had a lot of games will rest," Guardiola said. "Two or three youngsters will play and two, three or four on the bench, but Kevin is going to play."
Guardiola revealed that French left-back Benjamin Mendy had recovered from his knee injury and should be fit to be a substitute.
Mendy suffered the injury after the Manchester derby in November and has missed 16 games.
A member of France's World Cup-winning squad last summer, he is a larger-than-life member of the City dressing room. However, Guardiola wants to focus on what the player can bring on the pitch.
"I'm not unhappy about Mendy," he said. "The only thing I want is that we can use him more. He can be one of the best left-backs." (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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