Manchester City moved top of the table as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. It was the perfect result before their showdown against title rivals Liverpool. Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in the fifth minute before Ilkay Gundogan doubled their advantage in the 25th minute. This contest is a lopsided one with Manchester City holding a 34-1 advantage in their last 10 games.
Burnley: Pope (6), Roberts (5), Long (6), Tarkowski (6), Taylor (5), Lennon (6), Westwood (6), Cork (6), Brownhill (6), McNeil (6), Weghorst (5).
Subs: Cornet (6), Rodriguez (6), Barnes (6).
Manchester City: Ederson (6), Walker (7), Laporte (6), Ake (7), Cancelo (7), De Bruyne (8), Rodri (7), Gundogan (8), Sterling (9), Foden (7), Grealish (6).
Subs: Jesus (5), Silva (6).
Man of the match: Raheem Sterling
Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “After the international break, you never know what is going to happen. Especially today, the conditions of the pitch were so difficult because the grass was so high. But we adapt. In the second half, we had two or three chances to kill the game, but unfortunately, we couldn’t do it. A little bit but the game was not over, and in the second half they pushed a little bit more. They decided to play 4-5-1, and now they play 4-4-2. They were more aggressive and it was a little bit more complicated. The fact that we could not score a third goal meant it was more open.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche: “They’re a top side, we know that. They put out a very strong side, which they can do, of course. We had a game plan to try and get a foothold in the game and try to control their good play, which they often have, but when you give a goal away in five minutes, that sometimes affects that quite considerably. Then we gave away a second one, but I thought some of the play in the second half reminded us of what we’re about.”
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