With a disappointing draw against Newcastle still in mind, Manchester City headed to Turf Moor with three points being an absolute necessity. The added pressure of falling even further behind Liverpool didn’t seem to faze City, with the Blues strolling to a well deserved 4-1 win.
Here’s how we rated the players’ performances in Manchester…
Ederson – 6.5
The Brazilian was very unlucky to concede given how the ball ricocheted off Angelino and into Robbie Brady’s path. Ederson was hardly found wanting for the majority of the game and looked confident when called upon.
Angelino – 6
The young Spaniard was preferred over Mendy, following the Frenchman’s dire performance at the weekend, but was scarcely tested defensively throughout the game. Angelino’s attacking play was also encouraging, with the Spaniard looking threatening going forward.
Fernandinho – 7.5
City’s most consistent performer this season stepped up in yet another important game. The Brazilian led the defence well and City looked solid defensively during his time on the the pitch.
Nicolás Otamendi – 6.5
The Argentine initially struggled to compete with Burnley striker Chris Wood’s physicality, but Otamendi quickly adapted to the game as it progressed and had one of his better performances of the season.
Kyle Walker – 7
Walker looked to tuck into midfield throughout the game, just like Saturday, and generally played well. The full-back looked good both defensively and going forward.
Rodri – 9.5 (Man of the Match)
The Spaniard’s performance was arguably his best in a City shirt. Rodri read the game fantastically, and was very strong in the centre of the park as he showcased his phenomenal ball-playing ability. His pulverising strike put the icing on what was a terrific performance from our record signing.
David Silva (C) – 7.5
Silva assisted Jesus’ opener with a well-weighted pass, and the veteran’s renowned skill and experience was key in unlocking a Burnley side which looked to exhibit a rather negative style of defensive football.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
Surely City’s next captain, the Belgian led by example. His excellent work-rate combined with numerous dangerous crosses into the box were unlucky to not result in a goal. Despite no goal contributions, De Bruyne turned in yet another vintage performance.
Raheem Sterling – 7
The England international wasn’t largely involved in the game, but in no way was he detrimental to City’s performance. Sterling contributed well to City’s build-up play, but crucially, he avoided a booking that would have seen him miss the Manchester derby at the weekend.
Gabriel Jesus – 8.5
Very early on, Jesus had the ball in the back of the net after a delightful flick from a wayward Angelino shot but despite the effort being disallowed, his effort simply foreshadowed what was to come. Jesus scored City’s opener with a glorious curling effort and later doubled the lead, tapping in a Bernardo Silva cross. With two goals to his name against an awkward Burnley side, the Brazilian looks to be hitting form just at the right time.
Bernardo Silva – 7.5
The Portuguese enjoyed one of his better performances of the season with an inviting cross resulting in Jesus’s second goal. He then found Riyad Mahrez for the Algerian to kill the game with a well-struck effort.
Riyad Mahrez (on for Raheem Sterling 72’) – 8
Mahrez scored his 50th Premier League goal, as the Algerian superstar scored City’s fourth of the game. Whilst his class is obvious, his inconsistency and apparent lack of a defensive work-rate continues to be a source of frustration.
Phil Foden (on for Kevin De Bruyne 80’) – 6
Foden was given frustratingly very little time to impact the game and should’ve been introduced earlier with the match effectively won after 70 minutes.
Eric Garcia (on for Fernandinho 85’) – 6
Had little time to impact the game but the Blues conceding soon after his introduction was hardly his fault.
Bravo, Stones, Cancelo, Mendy
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