City's 11th EFL Cup semi-final could not have started any better with Guardiola's side already planning for next month's showpiece, which would be their seventh appearance in the showpiece.
Some Premier League clubs have begun actively planning for that outcome by looking into buying smaller European clubs, setting up satellite academies in Europe or organising education programmes to develop young players until they could be legally transferred to the United Kingdom.
"It's the first time I've played in a win like this", he told reporters.
"We spoke about travelling to Burton with as big an advantage as possible but we didn't expect to score so many goals", Guardiola said.
'Players like me want to play more, to help the team, and we went out there to win'.
City's control of proceedings was never under threat, though, and in the space of seven minutes the hosts were four goals ahead as Jesus and Zinchenko struck. "A little respect please".
Oleksandr Zinchenko got in on the act in the 37th minute when his intended cross looped over Collins and in to the back of the net.
Guardiola added: 'I wanted to congratulate them for an incredible tournament.
"We scored quickly. The difference with Premier League teams is the rhythm, when you have high intensity". "They don't just beat you, they annihilate you". Continue reading for a match preview of Manchester City against Burton Albion, with a selected best betting tip. It doesn't matter what happened last season, you have to take it.
"I take the cups seriously. But we still have an outside chance of achieving a miracle, and that's what we'll try for".
Clough, who finished his senior playing career at City when times were very different for the Manchester club, is determined to savour the moment even if the odds are stacked against them.