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Burnley 1-4 Manchester City: 3 reasons why the Cityzens won | Premier League 2019-20

Tony Akatugba
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:14 IST

Manchester City players celebrate
Manchester City players celebrate

Normal service resumed for Manchester City on Tuesday night, as they shook off their weekend woes to record an emphatic 1-4 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

Gabriel Jesus had a goal ruled out for offside early on, but he opened City's account in the 24th minute via a beautiful curling shot to beat Burnley's Nick Pope. Early in the second half, the Brazilian notched his club's second of the night and his 5th Premier League goal of the season.

Eighteen minutes later, the irrepressible Rodrigo was on hand to register one of the most beautiful goals of the season so far, as he thumped a sweet volley from the edge of the box and past the long-suffering Pope to put the game beyond doubt. A few minutes from time, substitute Riyad Mahrez put the finishing touch to City's brilliant performance with a splendid goal from 20 yards.

Robbie Brady was on hand to ruin Ederson Moraes' clean sheet party in the 89th minute, as he scored a consolation goal for the home side.

Guardiola's defending champions climb to second after the win, 8 points behind their potential usurpers, Liverpool. In this article, we analyse a few reasons why City won the encounter at Turf Moor.

#3 Timid Burnley

Burnley's Sean Dyche

Everyone anticipated a Manchester City win in this encounter, however, no one expected a glorified training session for Pep Guardiola's team.

Sean Dyche's men seemed to have come out of the tunnel ready to roll over and take the loss, as for much of the encounter and indeed from the first blast of the whistle, they lacked the zest required to upset Guardiola's City.

It was truly a pitiful display from Burnley in front of their home crowd, as they seemed reluctant to swing the punches required to catch City off guard. They did rally somewhat towards the end, resulting in a consolation goal.


The post-game stats correctly painted the grim tale of the encounter for Burnley, as they had a paltry 23.8 per cent of the possession, with 4 shots and 2 on target.

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