Well Burnley – Manchester City went as expected, a comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s side, who have now won nine Premier League games at a trot and 13 straight games in all competitions.
Gabriel’s goals Jesus and Raheem Sterling in the first half did the damage when City stayed at the top of the Premier League ahead of the big clash with Liverpool this weekend.
Burnley fought hard consistently but missed key attackers as they went after Victory against Aston Villa now suffered two defeats against Chelsea and Man City.
City is at the top of the table with 47 points, while Burnley has 22 points and is eight points above the relegation zone.
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1. The secondary cast of the city dominates: From Mahrez to Jesus, from Sterling to Gundogan, the secondary cast of the city was reinforced again in the absence of Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero. We all know that the four players who starred at Burnley can star in any game, but with City De Bruyne and Aguero losing to injury, this quartet had to be big. They have consistently and that will be a main reason if City are champions this season.
2. The stage is perfectly prepared for the clash in Liverpool: what a game we have on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola loves a clash with Jürgen Klopp and given the fact that both teams have important injuries this should be very even. City have conceded just one goal in their nine Premier League victory, with six consecutive failures. It’s pretty remarkable. However, Liverpool’s attack will be their biggest challenge yet, while City’s exhausted attack will meet Liverpool’s makeshift defense at the other end. Bring it on.
3. Burnley in trouble with Wood, Barnes out: Your star attack duo was out and they had no edge. Burnley fought hard and did it hard as always, but Sean Dyche’s roster is thin and with Wood and Barnes injured they looked completely free of any point of attack.
Man of the Game: Ilkay Gundogan – Another show that exuded class, when he put Sterling up for the second and was close several times himself. Has put on massive weight in the absence of Kevin de Bruyne.
Gabriel Jesus finished at the back post within the first three minutes to get City going.
Nick Pope did just enough when he got off his line fell to refuse Raheem Sterling as City looked dangerous to attack.
Riyad Mahrez found Ilkay Gundogan, who crossed for Sterling to knock home and double City’s lead.
Gundogan should have closed Nearly hit at the beginning of the second half when Burnley had difficulty threatening to attack.
Sterling then denied the goal of Papst and Mahrez, but was considered offside when City clicked through the aisles in the second half and at one routine victory returned to victory.
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