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Burton Albion star dares to dream of defeating Man City

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English forward Lucas Akins refuses to discount the possibility of the lowly Burton Albion defeating Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals

Akins started for Albion as they defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 on Tuesday night to seal an unexpected place in the last four of the competition.

However, the English League One side will have their work cut next month against Premier League champions City – who are also the cup holders.

But Akins dares to dream of a shock win for Albion in their two-legged tie against City with the first fixture to begin on January 7 at the Etihad Stadium.

“We’ve got to look to them and take as much as we can from that and why not dare to dream and think we can win?” Akins told BBC Radio Derby.

“To go there away first is going to be a great experience, but we’re looking forward to getting them back to the Pirelli Stadium and I can assure the fans it’ll be an exciting tie.

“I’d rather be at home second as it gives us more incentive to try and keep things tight (at their ground) knowing that if we get them back, we can definitely cause them a problem.”

Last season saw English Championship side Bristol City knock out Manchester United on route to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup before they were knocked out by Pep Guardiola’s men.

“Our task is not going to be an easy one at all,” added Akins.

“I can imagine the bookies backing against us, but that’s what cup football is all about and people will be rooting for us no doubt.

“Anything’s possible, it’s a cup competition. We’ve had some very difficult opposition in the previous rounds and we managed to pass those tests, so it’s going to be another one.

“It’s going to be extremely, extremely difficult, but you can never say never.”