Manchester City thrashes Burnley 5-0 in FA Cup

Pep Guardiola has dismissed as “fantasy” the notion of his Manchester City players winning the quadruple this season.

It’s certainly a long shot but, it’s hard to see how or when the team will next be beaten.

City swept past fellow English Premier League team Burnley 5-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, extending its winning streak to eight in all competitions. In that run, the team has scored 33 goals. It has not allowed a goal in its past six games — a first under Guardiola.

Kevin De Bruyne scored one goal — a powerful strike from the edge of the box — and had a hand in two others, with Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, and Sergio Aguero scoring along with an own-goal.

“Who is going to stop them winning everything if they are in that mood?” Burnley manager Sean Dyche asked.

City is second in the EPL, four points behind Liverpool, and into the final of the English League Cup against Chelsea on Feb. 24. It also is through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Spain: Despite being depleted by injuries, Atletico Madrid kept pressure on Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league. Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez scored first-half goals as Atletico defeated Getafe 2-0 to move two points behind first-place Barcelona, which visits Girona on Sunday.

Sevilla routed Levante 5-0 to move into third.

Germany: Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund thrashed Hannover 5-1 to stretch its lead over defending champ Bayern Munich to nine points.

Italy: Fabio Quagliarella converted two penalties in Sampdoria’s 4-0 win over Udinese to extend his scoring streak to 11 matches, tying the Serie A record set in 1994 by Gabriel Batistuta with Fiorentina.

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