Player Ratings: Manchester City 5-0 Burnley (Premier League)

After struggling for goals all season, there was a sense brewing before today’s match that the dam might be about to burst – with Burnley the victims.

That proved to be the case, as a City side led by a rejuvenated Kevin de Bruyne and a determined Riyad Mahrez brushed aside Sean Dyche’s struggling side to earn a 5-0 win.

The result moved City up to eight place in the table, but it was an important opportunity to capitalise on league leader’s Liverpool’s draw with Brighton earlier on.

In a day of firsts, as Benjamin Mendy scored his first goal for the club and Mahrez his first hattrick, here’s how we rated the players…

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Ederson – 7

Barely tested. Good distribution, reliable when called upon. However, gets extra credit for standing up well to Burnley roughing him up at set-pieces.

Kyle Walker – 7

A quieter game from Walker, but the rest seems to have helped. A couple of energetic bursts forward troubled the Burnley defence, and it was a nice quick-throw to assist Mahrez’s second.

John Stones – 7.5

Really impressive today. Dominant aerially and always in the right place at the right time. One of the best players on the pitch.

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Ruben Dias – 6.5

Actually outshone by Stones. Did what he had to do, but was guilty of being a bit too aggressive in the first half and conceding needless free-kicks. Rested for the last 25 minutes.

Benjamin Mendy – 7

Sloppy first 30 minutes. Pep gave him an exasperated look after one misplaced pass. However, took his chance well, and vastly improved after that. Overall, a strong showing from the Frenchman that should give him some confidence.

Rodri – 7

Hooked at half time but looked sharp in the first half, some incisive balls forward and protected the defence well.

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Ilkay Gundogan – 7

The German worked extremely hard today and put in a decent showing at both ends of the pitch. Kept possession ticking over nicely.

Kevin de Bruyne – 8

The rest has done him a world of good. Back on the assists, deserved more and unlucky not to score. On this evidence, Pep should have given him a week off sooner.

Riyad Mahrez (MoTM) – 8.5

His first hattrick for the club – this was vintage Mahrez. Bullied the Burnley defence from the very first minute and took all his goals well. They must be sick of the sight of the Algerian.

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Gabriel Jesus – 6.5

Struggled to impose himself on the game. Tidy on the ball as always and generally decent but you’d have liked the Brazilian to have offered a bit more.

Ferran Torres – 7

Similar to Jesus, the young Spaniard was relatively quiet. Missed a good chance early on but redeemed himself with the goal before he was replaced. His movement off the ball continues to impress.

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Substitutes:

Fernandinho – 6

Great to see the veteran back. No complaints but it seemed to take him a while to settle into his role in midfield.

Phil Foden – 7

He has to start more. First touch was a beautiful cross to earn Mahrez his hattrick. Barely touched the ball afterwards, but showed what he can do.

Eric Garcia – 6

We’re beating Burnley 4-0. Why bring Garcia on? He wants to leave – give the opportunity to a lad like Taylor Harwood-Bellis who wants to play for the club.

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