Premier League 2018/19 Highlights: Manchester City demolish Burnley FC at Etihad and De Bruyne returns from injury.

2017/18 Premier League Champions Manchester City looked as good as ever as they completely dismantled a Burnley FC side as they beat them 5 – 0. This is a side that has seen their form improved over the last two games. Raheem Sterling was given rest after he rediscovered his form with England and as it seemed City did not need him at all. With Pep Guardiola sending on the returning Kevin De Bruyne and also Phil Foden for cameos in the second half, everybody was happy in the Manchester City camp. The only possible complaint could be that Manchester City could have won by a much bigger margin. That was the extent of control that Manchester City had on the game. Although Mahrez and Sane added two late goals, Manchester city looked really good and the scary part for the opponents was that they could have gone on and got some more.

Sergio Aguero went into the game having scored six goals in six games against the Clarets and it only took him 17 minutes to make it seven in seven. Manchester City made most of the headway in attack through the left flank where the trickery of Silva, the pace of Sane and a certain Benjamin Mendy breached the Burnley backline with ease.

Pep has often complained that his side does not capitalize when they are on top and seemed furious at the end of the first half after Joe Hart saved a Silva header and Aguero missed an open goal from the rebound. The most promising Burnley ever looked throughout the game was in the first minute due to a Laporte error. Kompany, however, saw out the problem with a dangerously high tackle on Lennon that saw him go into the books early on and was probably lucky to stay on. 

The second half started with two quick goals that came in the form of Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho and confident that the game was safe, Pep sent on the returning Kevin De Bruyne for the last half an hour. This probably looked cruel to the Burnley fans and the team, although it was young Foden who impressed as he came on later during the game.  The youngster combined well with De Bruyne in the build-up play that led to Mahrez’s goal and had a big influence on the game. And as Sane added a late fifth from a Mendy cross, Hart was seen kicking the goalpost in frustration, although if anyone knew both these clubs well, it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise.


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