Manchester City proved once again to be the best team of the season with a dominant 5-0 win over Burnley, The Citizens were in control from the off
Both David Silva na Sergio Aguero had days to remember during Man City’s mauling of Burnley.
Silva provided more than one assist in a game for the twelveth time in his career, Aguero scored seventh goal in seven games against Burnley and Silva assisted Aguero for the 20th time – meaning he assisted the Argentine more than any other City player.
Manchester City eased into the fifth round of the FA Cup as they thrashed Burnley at Etihad Stadium.
Gabriel Jesus scored with a low strike after a fine run, although Matej Vydra wasted a good chance to equalise.
Playing their seventh of eight games in January, they dominated from the start against Burnley, with Jesus not far from connecting with De Bruyne’s low cross, before Bernardo and Danilo both had shots saved by Pope.
But one-time England international Pope – making only his third appearance of the season – was helpless to stop Jesus’ powerful low strike that gave the hosts a 23rd-minute lead.
Burnley on the other hand had a day to forget. It’s just the fourth time that Burnley have lost a game by five or more goals – with two of them coming against City.
England international Pope – making only his third appearance of the season – was helpless to stop Jesus’ powerful low strike that gave the hosts a 23rd-minute lead.
With Burnley 16th in the Premier League, manager Sean Dyche opted to make seven changes, and his side failed to have a single shot on target as City totalled 75% possession.
However, the visitors should have scored within three minutes of the restart when Otamendi gave the ball to Vydra but the Czech Republic international shot wastefully wide with only Ederson to beat.
Within five minutes of that miss, it was 2-0 as Bernardo’s low shot took a deflection and went through the arms of Pope.
The Burnley goalkeeper made up for that error as he tipped Riyad Mahrez’s effort wide, although he had no chance with De Bruyne’s well-struck effort for City’s third goal.
Clarets defender Long then put the ball into his own net for City’s fourth when De Bruyne’s powerful cross hit him and went in.
Long’s day got even worse with a needless foul on David Silva and Aguero – on as a 75th minute substitute – made it 5-0 from 12 yards to seal a routine victory for the home side.
Man City seem to love playing at 3PM on Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s side are now unbeaten in their past 34 Premier Leagua games that takes place in this time slot (W30, D4) which is currently the longest run of its kind.