Burnley 1-4 Manchester City: 3 Talking Points | Premier League 2019-20
Pep Guardiola has a recent good record against the Clarets but it took his wards some time to get going until a 23rd-minute finish from Gabriel Jesus sent them on their way.
The Brazilian ended the night with a brace, while Rodri scored a worldie to make it 3-0 and Riyad Mahrez completed the rout with a trademark goal before Rob Brady scored a consolation goal after a goalmouth scramble in the City box.
The win would have been exactly what Pep Guardiola wanted after their disappointing result last time out against Newcastle and in this piece, we shall be highlighting three talking points from the clash between Manchester City and Burnley.
3. City pass the buck to Liverpool
Last season, Liverpool and Manchester City went head-to-head in what became one of the tightest Premier League races in history, with the title not decided until the final day.
The Mancunians ultimately prevailed by one point but the fact that Liverpool pushed them to the limit and ended the season as European champions meant that everybody expected more of the same this season.
Liverpool have played their part so far, winning 13 of their 14 league matches to sit comfortably top of the Premier League but rather disappointingly, Manchester City have not quite matched their lofty heights of recent seasons.
So far this term, they have dropped 14 points from just 14 matches and this is rather disappointing, considering that this was the same total they dropped in their record-breaking campaign two seasons ago.
City's loss of form had seen Liverpool race 11 points clear of them, with many already declaring the Merseysiders champions-elect.
However, the defending champions have more than enough in their tank to still make this an intriguing battle and Guardiola would want his wards to give their all in a bid to restore parity with Jurgen Klopp's men.
Each match from now to the end of the campaign is effectively a final for Manchester City and they cannot afford to drop too many more points if they are to make it three consecutive league titles.
Fresh from their draw with Newcastle, this victory was exactly what the doctor ordered and reduces the deficit to eight points temporarily.
With Liverpool disputing the Merseyside derby later today, the baton has been passed to them to get the job done and you can be sure that Guardiola would be following their result keenly.