Manchester City regained top spot in the Premier League with a convincing 2-0 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor to make it City’s 25th win in the last 27 attempts against side’s starting the day in the relegation zone.
Despite the tag of heavy underdog, Burnley started brightly and could have taken the lead if Josh Brownhill’s header had looped in, but as is the story of Burnley’s season they were hit with a sucker-punch at the other end instantaneously as Kevin De Bruyne rifled an effort high into Nick Pope’s net. City were relentless in attack and doubled their tally midway through the first half when İlkay Gündoğan finished off a free-flowing City move down the right. Raheem Sterling produced one of the more comical moments of the game before HT, spooning an effort closer to the corner flag than the corner of the goal when he only had Pope to beat.
Gündoğan ought to have added a third for City shortly after the break but a fine Pope save kept the scoreline somewhat respectable. Gabriel Jesus was next to try and rub salt in Burnley wounds, but as he latched upon a loose ball in the area, his effort whistled just over the bar. Jay Rodriguez fired Burnley’s best effort of the game down the throat of Ederson who will undoubtedly have a busier afternoon in next week’s title showdown against Liverpool.
Jesus was at the heart of all that was good about City late on, and was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet as he rattled an effort against the post before firing the rebound wide. It’s mission accomplished for City though, who regained a grip on top spot having slipped into second temporarily after Liverpool’s victory in the early kick-off. As for Burnley, they are firmly in the relegation mire and it’s all eyes on Everton tomorrow ahead of their crunch clash at Turf Moor on Wednesday.