Manchester City eased to a comfortable 2-0 victory at Turf Moor on Wednesday, courtesy of first-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.
The visitors, who bagged their 13th consecutive win across all competitions set the tone early on with Gabriel Jesus latching onto the loose ball parried by Nick Pope and heading his side in front.
It was two on stroke of half-time after some lovely play on the right-hand side of attack, with the in-form İlkay Gündoğan laying the ball on a plate for Raheem Sterling to net his 10th goal of the campaign.
The win takes the Sky Blues three points clear of Manchester United in second place with a game in hand, with attention now turning to Anfield where current champions Liverpool host City at the weekend in a mouth-watering clash.
Here’s how we rated the players…
Ederson – 6
Was a spectator for a large part of the game but was on his toes to sweep away anything that came his way, though he ended up getting a booking after a clumsy challenge outside his box.
João Cancelo – 7.5
The Portugese just keeps on impressing – having formed a formidable partnership with Bernardo Silva and İlkay Gündoğan on the right side of attack, Cancelo was simply mesmerizing to watch and much will be expected from him at Anfield at the weekend.
John Stones – 7
He was a figure of composure at the back and virtually playing on the right side of a back three, he was given the license to bomb forward on the odd occasion but yet another solid showing from the Englishman at the heart of defence.
Rúben Dias – 7.5
How good is this guy? Dias simply can’t do any wrong at the minute. Everything he did throughout the game had quality written all over it. A natural leader, a voice, a man who takes pride in his defending. He’s the perfect package.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Not the biggest surprise to see him included after a decent display against Sheffield at the weekend. Laporte was rarely troubled on the left-side of defence, though he did make a few recoveries and last-ditch tackles when needed.
Bernardo Silva – 9 [MOTM]
City’s best player on the night, the little Portugese never stopped running and is starting to show more than just glimpses of the 2018/19 Bernardo Silva, the one that we all fell in love with. He didn’t put a foot wrong the entire game and controlled the midfield and the tempo of play alongside Rodri and Gündoğan.
Rodri Hernández – 7.5
He’s starting to show why Pep splashed the cash on him and why he deserves to be Fernandinho’s successor in the middle of the park. He helped City find the perfect balance between attack and defence and just keeps on improving with each passing game.
İlkay Gündoğan – 8
Had it not been for Sterling’s wastefulness in front of goal, the reliable could’ve had a few more assists to his name on the night. His trickery, movement and reading of the game were too hot to handle for the opposition and the onus will be on Gündoğan to help carve a way through Liverpool’s wounded defence on Sunday.
Riyad Mahrez – 7.5
Though he didn’t net his customary goal against the Clarets, the winger has re-discovered his form in the past month and was threatening from the right flank all night. But has he done enought o convince Pep to hand him a start against the reigning champions in a few days?
Gabriel Jesus – 8
He showed the predatory instinct of a world-class forward by smelling danger and heading in from Pope’s clearance in the opening minutes. Though he didn’t see much sight of goal after, he dropped deep and linked well with the likes of Sterling and Silva on the left.
Raheem Sterling – 6.5/10
Though he got on the scoresheet, it could’ve and should’ve been so much better for the England international with him missing an array of gilt-edged chances and while City’s rock-solid backline means the attackers can afford to miss a chance or two, Sterling remains prone to a lack of judgement in the final third and it could come back to haunt his side some day.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6/10
Filling in on the left side of the midfield three, the Ukranian helped dictate play in the closing stages of the game, with the points wrapped up and victory assured.
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