Manchester City 5-0 Burnley

Manchester City 5-0 Burnley: Pep Guardiola’s side hammer Clarets in scintillating attacking display as Kevin de Bruyne makes comeback from injury

  • Manchester City broke the deadlock through Sergio Aguero as he fired in David Silva’s delivery in the box 
  • Burnley finished the first half with just 26 per cent possession as Pep Guardiola’s side took full control  
  • Bernardo Silva then doubled the advantage after the break as Burnley switched off at the back for a moment
  • And the Premier League champions added a third moments later with Fernandinho getting on the scoresheet
  • Riyad Mahrez then scored sublime fourth as he cut inside and smashed curling effort into the top corner 
  • Leroy Sane put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute, sweeping in Benjamin Mendy’s low cross 

Hart made some excellent saves against his former club but was powerless to stop Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane from scoring, though the second goal will have angered Clarets boss Sean Dyche.

His players appeared to stop to protest a penalty appeal and allowed David Silva to pounce on the loose ball and set up namesake Bernardo to score.

Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock for Manchester City as the hosts made their dominant start pay on the scoresheet

Bernardo Silva celebrated his piece of sharp thinking and finishing with a strange telescope celebration 

Fernaninho put the game to bed as he curled into the top corner to put his side three goals to the good at Etihad Stadium

In familiar surroundings Joe Hart was forced to pick the ball out of his net against his former side 17 minutes in 

MATCH FACTS, TABLE AND MATCH ZONE ANALYSIS

Man City (4-3-3): 

Ederson 6; Stones 6, Kompany 7, Laporte 7.5, Mendy 6.5; B Silva 6.5 (De Bruyne 58 6), Fernandinho 7, D Silva 8 (Foden 75 6); Mahrez 6.5, Aguero 7 (Jesus 66 6), Sane 6.5

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Subs unused: Munic (Gk), Sterling, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden

Goals: Aguero 17, B Silva 54, Fernandinho 56, Mahrez 83, Sane 90

Booked: Kompany, Sane

Burnley (4-4-1-1): 

Hart 7; Lowton 7, Tarkowski 6, Mee 5.5, Taylor 6; Lennon 5.5 (Westwood 69 6), Cork 5, Defour 6 (Barnes 75 5.5), Gudmundsson 6; Hendrick 5.5, Vokes 6 (Wood 69 6)

Subs: Heaton (Gk), Bardsley, Vydra, Long

Booked: Cork, Hendrick

Referee: Jonathan Moss 7

  • Team P GD Pts
    1 Manchester City 9 23 23
    2 Liverpool 9 13 23
    3 Chelsea 9 13 21
    4 Tottenham Hotspur 9 9 21
    5 Arsenal 8 9 18
    6 Bournemouth 9 4 17
    7 Watford 9 1 16
    8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 1 15
    9 Manchester United 9 -1 14
    10 Leicester City 8 2 12
    11 Everton 8 1 12
    12 Brighton and Hove Albion 9 -3 11
    13 Burnley 9 -7 8
    14 Crystal Palace 8 -4 7
    15 West Ham United 9 -6 7
    16 Southampton 9 -8 6
    17 Cardiff City 9 -11 5
    18 Fulham 9 -14 5
    19 Huddersfield Town 9 -14 3
    20 Newcastle United 9 -8 2

Manchester City put together a brilliant team move before Riyad Mahrez scored his goal. Click here for more from our brilliant Matchzone.

Manchester City put together a brilliant team move before Riyad Mahrez scored his goal.

City’s emphatic win puts them in good heart for Tuesday’s Champions League tie away to Shakhtar Donetsk and they had the added bonus of De Bruyne playing the last half-hour – his first action since sustaining a knee injury on the opening day of the season.

Hart, who played 348 times for City and won every domestic trophy with the club, was given a hero’s reception on his return to The Etihad.

And he quickly reminded everyone of his talents with an excellent early reflex save to deny Aguero, the pair exchanging a respectful handshake after Hart kept out the Argentine’s header from point-blank range.

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Aguero didn’t have to wait long for revenge however. After 17 minutes, Leroy Sane led the Burnley defence a merry dance in the penalty area before finding David Silva.

The Spaniard fizzed in a low cross and Aguero buried the opportunity from eight yards for his 16th goal in 12 Premier League games at The Etihad, and his 149th league goal in England overall, joining Les Ferdinand in the all-timer scorers list in joint-ninth position.

The prolific striker fired past Joe Hart and looked his usual sharp self and made no mistake from David Silva's ball

City enjoyed the lion's share of possession and made it tell against Burnley's stubborn defence at the Etihad

Silva took advantage of Burnley switching off as he converted as the visitors protested to the referee about a decision

The Portuguese star doubled the lead for Manchester City and they looked a class apart from the opposition

The Brazilian showed excellent composure to compose himself and slot past Joe Hart from the edge of the area 

Though Burnley’s attacking forays were rare and they failed to register a shot on target all afternoon, Sam Vokes did send a header over while Jeff Hendrick’s shot was well blocked by Aymeric Laporte.

With Pep Guardiola putting Raheem Sterling on the bench to rest after his England exertions, he will have been disappointed City didn’t add to their tally in the first half.

David Silva dinked an opportunity on the roof of the net to make it 2-0 while Riyad Mahrez flashed a shot into the side netting.

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Hart then made another brilliant save diving to his right to keep out David Silva’s header with Aguero skewing the rebound high and wide.

City’s second goal was unexpected. Everyone stopped after Cork appeared to tug Sane in the box but as referee Jonathan Moss didn’t give a penalty, David Silva stopped the ball from rolling over the byline and played it back into the area where namesake Bernardo smashed it home with his left foot.

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