FA Cup: Aguero hits brace in Manchester City hammering of Burnley

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The runaway Premier League leaders maintained their relentless charge in four competitions by reaching the FA Cup fourth round at Burnley's expense on Saturday. I appreciate all the messages and love I got after it.

Ilkay Gundogan stood over a free-kick and, with Burney momentarily napping, he slid the ball into Aguero who made no mistake from 15-yards in beating Nick Pope.

"I'm so happy", he said.

"But they do it perfectly and that is why football is top. If they were offended, I am sorry".

The sliced mishit allowed the ball to roll forward in behind the Manchester City defence where Ashley Barnes finished brilliantly at the near post to give Burnley a shock lead.

Aguero's brace, which came inside 94 seconds, plus further efforts from Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva carried City through to the fourth round of the cup and left Guardiola singing the praises of City's all-time record goalscorer.

"It's an honour for me to have Aguero under my command".

"But I just think it was a great moment for the city as a whole, it brought people together and we'll always remember that moment in the future". The quality he has is unbelievable and we need him to score a lot of goals.

"But Aguero is the kind of player that doesn't intervene in the first half and then within the matter of seconds he can score two goals and change the game".

Bristol City's English striker Bobby Reid celebrates with teammates
Bristol City's English striker Bobby Reid celebrates with teammates

"Of course we know we are situated well in all competitions and the first one is the Carabao Cup the closest one - and we want to win it". Then we had to go for it, there's no point, it's the FA Cup.

It will be interesting to see if Guardiola again risks his Player of the Year candidate or if he gets a rest 12-day rest until their next Premier League match against Liverpool on Sunday.

Guardiola made headlines earlier in the week when he suggested the heaviness of the festive fixture schedule was "going to kill" players.

"I'm so happy", said Guardiola.

"But we have a lot of games and we just have to change because a player can not play every single game".

"Now he is going back to Spain".

"David is a legend for the club and for what he has done", said Pep.

Dyche laughed off suggestions that there was any ill-feeling with Guardiola over the equaliser but was angered by the officiating that led to the City goal. We want to win both games. "That's how it should be. In saying that, I do believe in the qualities in our squad and the challenge is to make sure we play our game".

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