Manchester City’s electrical run of type continued as Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling struck to sink Burnley and make it THIRTEEN consecutive victories.
Pep Guardiola’s high-flying aspect stretched their lead on the prime of the desk to a few factors as they eased previous the Clarets in a 2-Zero victory at Turf Moor to make it a staggering 20 matches unbeaten.
Burnley are with out a win over City since March 2015, and any hopes they may have had of ending that run on the 14th try had been all however extinguished lower than three minutes in.
Nick Pope has been talked up as England’s most suitable choice for the European Championship however did himself few favours with the way in which he pushed Bernardo Silva’s shot stright into the trail of Jesus, who gratefully nodded residence.
Guardiola had as soon as once more shuffled his pack, making 5 modifications to the aspect who beat Sheffield United 1-Zero as Sterling and Riyad Mahrez returned in assault.
John Stones was additionally again after a relaxation on the weekend however Aymeric Laporte retained his place within the aspect as he shifted to left-back, maybe providing a touch of Guardiola’s considering for the journey to Anfield.
However all of the motion right here was on the different finish. Having taken the early lead, City continued to push, protecting Burnley deep inside their very own half, however Mahrez was offside when he hit a strong shot that Pope repelled earlier than Joao Cancelo’s shot was blocked by Ben Mee.
A combination-up between Pope and Matt Lowton nearly allowed Sterling on to Ederson’s lengthy ball however Pope acquired a significant toe in because the England ahead tried to deliver it beneath management.
The second aim finally arrived seven minutes earlier than the break when Mahrez discovered Ilkay Gundogan in house and his low cross left Sterling with the best of duties to complete.
City went in at half-time having loved 70 per cent possession and with all six pictures at aim within the match to that time of their credit score, and little modified after the break.
Gundogan hit a rising shot which whistled narrowly over Pope’s crossbar earlier than the goalkeeper acquired a significant contact to maintain Mahrez’s bending cross from being tapped in by Sterling.
Mahrez had the ball within the internet simply earlier than the hour however was fractionally offside as he turned in Jesus’ cross.
Burnley lastly registered an try on aim within the 64th minute, however Matej Vydra’s effort on the volley was all the time rising as Ederson watched it fly in to the Jimmy McIlroy stand.
In reality, the hosts hardly ever appeared like troubling a City defence who registered a sixth consecutive league clear sheet.
Guardiola toyed along with his defensive choices additional when Oleksandr Zinchenko changed Cancelo with 25 minutes to go, with Stones transferring to right-back and Laporte partnering Dias within the centre.
Jesus wished a penalty within the 71st minute when he appeared to take a kick from James Tarkowski within the field however Martin Atkinson waved play on and VAR didn’t intervene.
Ederson had a rush of blood with 15 minutes left as he ran off the road to problem for the ball however as an alternative caught Erik Pieters by the touchline, sending the Burnley man to the turf in ache and incomes a yellow card.
It was, nevertheless, solely a minor blemish on one other completed efficiency by a City aspect unbeaten since November and searching ever extra in charge of their future this season.