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Man City 5 – 0 Burnley

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Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez were the stars of the show as they both scored doubles in Manchester City’s 5-0 thrashing of Burnley.

Pep Guardiola made eight changes from the 3-0 win against Arsenal on Wednesday with Foden handed a rare Premier League start. It took only 22 minutes for him to justify his selection with a thunderous finish from the edge of the area.

It was Mahrez who scored a quick double before the break to put City in control, lashing home the first (43) before dispatching from the penalty spot (45+3) after Ben Mee was penalised for catching Sergio Aguero on the foot following a VAR review.

David Silva (51) added another shortly after the restart before Foden (63) rounded things off with a close range finish to make it a third successive 5-0 win against Burnley at the Etihad in all competitions.

The victory means Liverpool cannot win the Premier League title against Crystal Palace this week with City trailing them by 20 points. Should Guardiola’s side also win against Chelsea on Thursday, it could all come down to Liverpool’s visit to the Etihad on Thursday July 2, live on Sky Sports.

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Burnley remain in 11th on 39 points.

How Manchester City ran over Burnley again

Phil Foden scored in a second successive Premier League game for Manchester City

It took a little while for the game to get going, and City had some flashes of goal. In the 16th minute, Joao Cancelo tried his luck from 30 yards but it flew well wide before some superb play from David Silva saw him play in Bernardo Silva, but the Portuguese’s right-footed shot flashed past the near post.

Not long after, Foden put the hosts ahead, scoring in a second successive Premier League game. Mahrez took a short corner to the waiting Bernardo Silva, who pulled the ball back for Foden in an acre of space at the top of the area. Burnley were caught out by the set piece as the 20-year-old powered the ball through the box and into the back of the net, well past the outstretched hand of Nick Pope.

Player ratings

Man City: Ederson (6), Cancelo (6), Fernandinho (7), Otamendi (6), Zinchenko (6), Rodri (6), D. Silva (7), Foden (9), B. Silva (8), Mahrez (8), Aguero (7).

Subs used: Jesus (7), Laporte (6), De Bruyne (7), Sane (6).

Burnley: Pope (6), Lowton (5), Tarkowski (5), Mee (4), Taylor (4), Brownhill (5), Cork (5), Westwood (5), McNeil (6), Rodriguez (5), Vydra (5).

Subs: Pieters (5), Thompson (n/a).

Man of the match: Phil Foden.

City quickly added two more goals before the break. The second was another wonderful piece of play from the hosts as a floated cross-field pass from Fernandinho released Mahrez down the right. He cut towards the area, dummying Charlie Taylor, before lashing a shot into the bottom corner.

Riyad Mahrez celebrates with team-mates
Riyad Mahrez also scored twice during the Manchester City win

Things went from bad to worse for Burnley on the stroke of half-time as City were awarded a penalty after Ben Mee caught Aguero on the foot inside the area, with a VAR review spotting the foul. Burnley were furious at the decision, but it was enough for Aguero to go off injured. Mahrez then stepped up to dispatch the penalty past Pope and extend City’s already commanding lead.

Team news

  • Sergio Aguero, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva made their first starts since the resumption of the season and Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling dropped to the bench as Pep Guardiola made eight changes to the City team that beat Arsenal.
  • Matt Lowton, Josh Brownhill and Matej Vydra were recalled as Sean Dyche made three changes to the Burnley side that drew with Tottenham before lockdown.

Six minutes after the break and City added their fourth. Foden was involved once again as his disguised pass set Bernardo Silva away in the area. He then squared the ball for a waiting David Silva, who hammered it home into the roof of the net.

Just after the hour mark and the peerless Foden scored his second of the evening. Bernardo Silva burst down the right flank, with his zipped low cross being sent on by Gabriel Jesus in the middle. It found Foden waiting at the back post, who slotted home via the foot of a scrambling Pope.

City continued to see sights of goal as the game headed towards its conclusion with Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane all trying their luck but were unable to find a sixth as their explosive restart continued.

Man of the match – Phil Foden

Monday’s game almost feels like a watershed moment for 20-year-old Foden. He has shown his immense talent when given the chance, although some may argue that has been few and far between.

But with David Silva leaving the club in just a few weeks time, it appears that Guardiola has a ready-made replacement. His first strike was absolutely sensational and he showed wonderful positioning for the second. Let’s not forget his audacious pass to set up City’s fourth, which really showed off his confidence.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said: “He’s been outstanding. Playing in that wide position, we mentioned how good his is centrally. He got City off the mark with a great strike and I loved the pass he was involved with for the David Silva goal.”

Opta stats

  • Burnley mustered just one shot in the game, their lowest-ever tally in a Premier League fixture.
  • Riyad Mahrez registered just his third home brace in English football in all competitions and his first for Manchester City.
  • Bernardo Silva has assisted four of Manchester City’s nine Premier League goals against Burnley this season. The last player to provide as many assists against a side in a single campaign was Christian Eriksen vs Stoke in 2016/17 (4).

What’s next?

Thursday 25th June 5:30pm

Manchester City and Burnley are back in action on Thursday. City travel to Chelsea at 8.15pm, while Burnley host Watford at 6pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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