History is on the side of Premier League leaders Liverpool as they chase a first league title since 1990 but their four-point lead over Manchester City after 21 games is the smallest margin between the top two in over a century. They certainly didn't patronise their opponents by easing off and behaved in a professional manner by aiming to score as many goals as possible.
This was the first time in more than 31 years that City had scored more than eight goals in a single match - they beat Huddersfield Town 10-1 in a second-tier league encounter in November 1987.
"The result was good and of course we are already in the final but we have to play the second leg", said Guardiola.
"We didn't expect anything less with the gulf between the two teams, we thought it could have been more".
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"Certainly a defensive strategy is needed but we have to make sure we give them a game". That's really hard. I'm proud of the respect we showed to the opponent'.
The strength of the Premier League is shown by the fact there are six teams who have squads full of players who are more than good enough to play Champions League football.
Asked if he wants Kompany to stay at City, Guardiola said: "We are considering it, we are talking about that".
The City boss said the League One side deserved a lot of credit for reaching the last four after knocking out Championship clubs on their way. It's an honour for me personally to play against a Clough.
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After De Bruyne's header five minutes in, City needed another 25 minutes to find the net - nearly conceding in the meantime - but after Jesus scored a quickfire double after the half-hour mark, they were relentless in pushing forward and were looking for a 10th when the final whistle went. It doesn't matter what happened last season, you have to take it.
One win in five and a FA cup defeat to a League One side, and you'd think Cardiff would be a side to avoid in the Betting Battle.
"It's not very pleasant when you're on the other end of it but that's what they're capable of". The one we seen on Sunday who are on their game and irresistible, but they have also thrown in a couple of well below-par performances.
"Every game is important, that is why we are satisfied to get back to Wembley".
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