Despite starring against Olympiakos, Foden started as a substitute, alongside Raheem Sterling, while Sergio Agüero was not in the 18 as City hosted visitors who couldn’t look at recent history for a helping hand. Guardiola’s side had beaten Burnley by a total of 15-0 in their last three outings here and today City only needed six minutes to open the proceedings.
James Tarkowski’s free pass that went to Rodri was punished because the latter fed Ferran Torres. Suddenly City were in place as Kevin De Bruyne took possession of Mahrez and his left foot past Bailey Peacock-Farrell was precise.
After an unfortunate clearance from Rúben Dias was not taken advantage of a corner, the Clarets were again in disarray. Once again, City walked through them easily. Benjamin Mendy turned the ball on the pitch to Ilkay Gündogan, the German chip took out Burnley’s rearguard, and there was Mahrez although his header failed to find Gabriel Jesus.This year, City often feature an almost additional player who operates a bit ahead of Rodri, the dedicated man of the post. This afternoon it was Gündogan. And while the ploy may slow City down by a fraction, the midfielder becomes more muscular and this is how Sean Dyche’s side were under control in this area.
If Burnley’s manager had to solve this puzzle, he couldn’t legislate for self-inflicted injuries – as has happened again. This time, a harmless Kyle Walker’s throw aimed at Mahrez was missed by Charlie Taylor. That meant the chic Algerian was present and a slip through the area foreshadowed a precise strike from Peacock-Farrell’s right post for City’s second.
Moments later, Torres scored an offside after the ball hit him via Jesus. If that was any relief for Burnley, City’s ascendancy continued. Mendy claimed 50-50, Jesus fell deep to join us, and De Bruyne probed. Guardiola was less happy with Dias when the central defender conceded a foul: he shouted “Ruben! »And three times the Portuguese chose to ignore his manager.
Still, City’s third only brought joy. The incomparable De Bruyne dropped a plunging cross from the right into Mendy at the far post and the Frenchman stole superbly at home for a first for the club. The period ended with Jesus skating past Ben Mee and letting him fly at a tight angle: he missed but City was in cruise control.
Dias started the second half with another mistake, giving up the ball, but after Ashley Westwood Guardiola was calm this time around. Then came a soft blow: Mendy, De Bruyne and Torres traded assists before one last went to Mahrez. He swung his wand with his left foot through the ball but over it he passed.
A moment summed up how superior the home team was: De Bruyne was found halfway down the left and, apparently with nothing, decided to drop a shoulder and take off on a push that took him brought aside and close to Burnley’s area, the Belgians scattering opponents around him.
Yet Dyche’s men were not yet to bow their heads. Jay Rodriguez forced a first save from Ederson and when the ball broke a high boot from Jesus, Ashley Westwood fouled and the visitors got a free kick in the D. Josh Benson hit him and he deflected off the wall for a corner with Ederson blocked.
City’s fourth came from a scintillating streak. Fernandinho, in place of Rodri at the break, fed Mahrez on the right, he switched to an overlapping Walker, his ball was expertly controlled and relayed by Jesus to Torres, and he beat Peacock-Farrell. Now Foden has come for the Spaniard and the fifth quickly followed.