As a daunting run of fixtures looms, Pep Guardiola admitted that his table-topping Manchester City side will not have long to enjoy their victory over Burnley.
Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling’s first-half goals secured a 2-0 victory, which was City’s 13th in a row in all competitions, restoring their three-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table, and they still have a Manchester United rival in hand.
It was also a sixth clean sheet in a row for the Premier League, but all of those came against sides in the lower half of the table, except Aston Villa.
On Sunday, City will travel to Anfield to meet defending champions Liverpool, with fixtures against Tottenham, Arsenal, high-flying West Ham, and the return of the Champions League on the February calendar, plus a match yet to be rearranged away from Everton.
“We are enjoying this game for now, and we’re going to start thinking about the next game tomorrow,” Guardiola said.
They are for the same (number of) points. Of course, at the end (Liverpool) are a contender to be champions, but it’s like today for three points.
We took six games in a row against the teams in the table’s lower positions. We know exactly how hard it was for all of these clubs to win. We were pushed to do our best.
There are now various teams, different forms of sports. Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, West Ham, United League of Champions, United. This is another difficult group of games.
“We’re enjoying this game today and we’re thinking about Liverpool tomorrow.”
It was City’s eighth straight win against Burnley, who hadn’t beaten the visitors since posting a 1-0 win in March 2015 at Turf Moor.
Almost immediately, any hope of change diminished as City took the lead within three minutes, with Jesus nodding home after Nick Pope was only able to parry Bernardo Silva’s strike.
It was the Brazilian’s second consecutive match with a goal, and his third in four after a period in which he scored just once in 12 games.