Manchester City have one foot and four toes in the Carabao Cup final after hammering League One outfit Burton Albion 9-0 on Wednesday night.
City ended the first half 4-0 up thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko and a Gabriel Jesus brace.
Jesus then scored twice more after the interval, while Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez also got themselves on the scoresheet to complete the rout.
Barring what would probably be the biggest upset in football history, City will play either Tottenham or Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final.
Burton are now priced at 5,000/1 to win this season’s Carabao Cup - the same odds Leicester City were to win the Premier League title at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign.
Pep Guardiola equalled his biggest win as a manager. His iconic Barcelona side also recorded a 9-0 victory, over Hospitalet in the Copa del Rey during the 2011-12 season.
The Catalan coach was praised by football fans for his actions at the full-time whistle.
Guardiola was spotted taking time to speak to every Burton Albion player individually after shaking their hands.
He had a particularly long chat with Collins, acutely aware that Burton’s keeper must have felt crestfallen after conceding nine goals.
“(After the game) I wanted to congratulate (Burton) for getting to this stage in the competition. They deserve incredible credit,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by City’s Twitter account after full-time.
“We don't have a lot of titles in our museum so every time we have the chance to be in final we have to take it and be hungry.”
Guardiola - per Sam Lee of Goal.com - also explained why he wanted his team to score as many goals as possible against their lower-league opponents.
“If you forget to continue you don’t have respect for your opponent or for the competition,” he added.
While some people felt City should have taken their foot off the gas, Guardiola clearly wanted to treat Burton like any other opponent.