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Kyle Walker Makes Interesting Comparison After Man City Thrash Burton

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Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has suggested he may be better than both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following the 9-0 win over Burton Albion on Wednesday night.

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City ran out winners in astonishing fashion at the Etihad Stadium, with the thrashing coming in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi final. Gabriel Jesus scored four goals, while Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Walker all got in on the act.

Pep Guardiola admits the tie is over, but will head to the Pirelli Stadium in two weeks time intent on finishing the job properly.

Walker, rather cheekily, pointed out two stats which while factual are basically useless, to suggest that he is in fact better than the two players who shared the Ballon d’Or between 2008 and 2017, Messi and Ronaldo. The below Instagram post was then liked by his teammates Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany.

The England international is used to making jokes on social media. But some people believe the way City performed was disrespectful, claiming they could have easily taken their foot off the gas earlier in the match. Sky’s Andy Hinchcliffe, who was commentating on the game, claimed it was “cruel” and “humiliating” for Burton.

But Guardiola is insistent on his side playing at their best at all times, and City will be able to watch the other semi final, between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, to see who they will go up against at Wembley, where they will be hoping to defend the crown they won last season.

Many fans hoped Foden would get a chance from the start but Guardiola claimed it would be better for David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to get more minutes under their belt having struggled with injuries lately. Jesus’ performance, too, will have pleased the manager ahead of the return to Premier League action on Monday night against Wolves, a side who have drawn twice with City under Nuno Espírito Santo. First, they took them to penalties in the Carabao Cup last season before holding them in the Premier League at Molineux earlier in the campaign.

With leaders Liverpool in action on Saturday against Brighton, City know they could be seven points behind by kick off. But they are back to their best, and Walker certainly enjoyed the game, too.

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