Nicolas OTAMENDI scores in Manchester City FA Cup win

3:09                                            Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham and Preston

3:09 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham and Preston

De Bruyne, 27, was key as City hit 100 points last season but has twice been sidelined with knee problems so far this season as Liverpool have stolen ahead of Guardiola's side in the title race.

"I said many times how important Kevin (de Bruyne) is for us", the City boss said, via Sky Sports.

Woking, a club who released all but one of their players last season following relegation to the National League South, had come through five rounds even to get to this stage and the £150,000 windfall from the presence of live television will cover around half of their player budget for another year.

"I don't know how far we are going to be because maybe the EFL Cup is not good for our recovery but it is what it is".

"We are not here to be nice people to bring him on the pitch because he's a Manchester City fan or is a nice guy. Today Kevin was our captain and he showed the reason why he was our captain on the field".

In the second-half Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and substitute Leroy Sane completed the rout, with Ilkay Gundogan registering four assists.

Sterling gave City an early lead and they were 3-0 up at the half-time interval with Phil Foden and a Semi Ajayi own goal adding to their advantage.

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"The great clubs don't choose competitions, don't choose games".

The Spaniard said of the 18-year-old: 'Today was fortunate.

'He still has to improve but that is normal. "He will learn in future and play better".

However, youngster Phil Foden made it 2-0 for Man City two minutes before the break with a scuffed effort inside the box against the run of play.

Warne, whose side face a Championship relegation six-pointer at Ipswich Town on Saturday, said: "We said to the lads beforehand that there was no pressure, but there will be next week".

"The plan was to finish it first time but I was a little bit off balance so I tried to take a touch". Impossible. Believe me, if he plays, it's because we believe he can play. No, I can not. The gulf in class was there for everyone to see. It summed it up when I told my right-back to smile when Sterling came off and Sane came on.

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