Dyche 'parks' Cup rout to focus on Burnley's league survival

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"We know his quality but it's not easy when players have long injuries, coming back for the rhythm and the pace", Guardiola said. As expected, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City breezed past Burnley by five goals to none, thereby maintaining their title challenge across all four competitions that they're competing in right now.

Pep Guardiola's men are the only team to beat Liverpool this season while they themselves have suffered three defeats.

He said: "When I hear that for Burnley the FA Cup is not top of the agenda - does it mean the 11 guys who are going to play at the Etihad Stadium won't want to win?"

Manchester City showed Burnley no mercy as the Citizens romped to a 5-0 win and secured their spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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City face a crucial period to try to chase down Liverpool, with home games against Arsenal and Chelsea and a trip to Everton coming up over the next fortnight.

Rafael Benitez's Newcastle have used a defensive approach in recent Premier League clashes with City, but Guardiola suggested those tactics suit his side.

While City have been playing catch-up they can now take the initiative, having won their last eight games in all competitions - doing so without conceding a goal in the previous six.

The Spaniard admitted there is still a lot to improve and insisted all at the club are eager to play in as many games as possible and rectify their shortcomings sooner rather than later.

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"If you analyse the way they can play, they have three or four of the fastest players in the Premier League". All the teams who want to win the title have to feel the pressure, but you have to handle it. If you believe it's a handicap, that's a big mistake.

City booked their place in the EFL Cup final on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Burton Albion, Sergio Aguero's 26th-minute strike sealing a 10-0 aggregate triumph.

"At City, they hope to win the league and are setting their own standards high in a bid to achieve their goals". It's hard to buy top, top players at a good price. "We want to go through and we want to play the later stages". Maybe in those five minutes they can help to win something, and that is what I need.

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