Manchester City goes back to top spot after win at Burnley

With a 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Burnley on Saturday, Manchester City moved a point clear of title rivals Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.

Pep Guardiola’s team needed a win to retake top spot after Liverpool beat Watford earlier in the day, and they got it with goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan in the first half, as well as two assists from Raheem Sterling.

City dominated possession throughout and got off to a flying start when De Bruyne seized on Sterling’s cushioned ball inside the box and sent a shot into the top corner in the fifth minute.

Sterling and De Bruyne were key in extending City’s advantage 20 minutes later, when the English forward used a rapid one-two move to gallop down the right flank and cross into the box for Gundogan to score.

“We’ve been involved in these types of games for a long time. We were able to score early on, which was quite beneficial. But the game isn’t over until you score the third or fourth goal,” Guardiola told the Premier League in a post-match interview.

“The pitch was really difficult to play because the grass was so high, there was no water, and everything moved so slowly.” However, we played well and won the game.”

Burnley nearly equalized in the second half, but Nathan Ake cleared Maxwel Cornet’s header off the line to give City a wake-up call. Despite the fact that Cornet was eventually flagged offside, the move encouraged Burnley to push for a goal.

Soon after, City improved and should have scored more, with Phil Foden squandering a couple of chances and replacement Gabriel Jesus, who hasn’t scored in the league since September, also missing the target.

Burnley, meanwhile, has lost four games in a row, leaving Sean Dyche’s team in 19th place, but with games in hand over the relegation battlers.

“Playing Man City is never a surprise. “If they’re feeling it, they can score at will,” Dyche told the BBC.

“All season, our nemesis has been creating chances but failing to score goals… We showed signs of what we’re about in the second half, and we need to do it in the games ahead.

“We still have ten games left to play, and we’re still in it… We have ten attempts to rectify ourselves and go forward.”

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