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Mendy is satisfied as City finish the job and stroll into Wembley decider

Burton Albion 0-1 Manchester City

Behind you: Eric Garcia puts pressure on Liam Boyce
Behind you: Eric Garcia puts pressure on Liam Boyce

By Andy Hampson

Manchester City completed the formality of victory in their Carabao Cup semi-final with a routine 1-0 win at Burton.

Sergio Aguero scored the only goal on a freezing night at the Pirelli Stadium, completing a comprehensive 10-0 aggregate success for the holders that sends them to the Wembley final on February 24.

City fielded a side with a mixture of youth and experience as they went through the motions against their Sky Bet League One hosts, while Benjamin Mendy returned to action after more than two months out injured.

Nigel Clough's side, including Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce, did create the odd threat as they sought a consolation but City held firm.

City defender Mendy said: "It is not a strange game, we had a good one in the first leg and we came here to try and do the same; to play well and win the game.

"It was not a bad performance, we had lots of young players. We said to them don't be shy, enjoy, and they did.

"It was important to win the game. The conditions were not great but we prepared for this."

Pep Guardiola gave Phil Foden another run-out while there was a debut for winger Ian Poveda-Ocampo and further chances for promising defenders Eric Garcia and Philippe Sandler.

None of them looked out of their depth but they benefited enormously from playing alongside the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Aguero.

Burton could not be faulted for enthusiasm as they ran at City willingly but with little joy.

Boyce got the crowd excited when he flicked towards goal from an early set-piece but Aro Muric was down quickly.

Despite that, the difference in quality was evident as Mahrez and De Bruyne took charge.

Aguero looked rusty but he soon shrugged that off to score after 26 minutes. Mahrez collected a fine through ball from De Bruyne and laid back for the Argentinian to finish with a neat low strike.

The Brewers pushed again early in the second half and David Templeton wanted a penalty after colliding with Danilo but Kevin Friend waved away the appeal.

Sandler almost allowed Burton in for a consolation when he slipped and Boyce pounced but Muric blocked his shot and Garcia cleared Will Miller's follow-up.

Jesus, who came on for Aguero, almost added a second for City late on but his close-range effort was blocked.

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