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
Joe Hart endured a dispiriting return to The Etihad Stadium as five different Manchester City goalscorers helped them stay top of the table on the day they also welcomed back Kevin De Bruyne after injury.
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.
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
Subs unused: Munic (Gk), Sterling, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden
Goals: Aguero 17, B Silva 54, Fernandinho 56, Mahrez 83, Sane 90
Booked: Kompany, Sane
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.