ManCity Cruise Past Burnley To Reclaim EPL Lead

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League after a comfortable win over struggling Burnley.

Liverpool’s win over Watford earlier in the day had knocked Pep Guardiola’s side off the top of the table for the first time since December 4, but Pep Guardiola’s side responded in spectacular fashion at Turf Moor. 

When Raheem Sterling knocked Rodri’s cross into the path of Kevin de Bruyne, who had time to pick his spot and fire into the roof of the net, City took the lead after only five minutes. 

For the second goal, Sterling and De Bruyne combined once more, but this time it was Ilkay Gundogan who scored – a cool volley past Nick Pope after Sterling found him in space inside.

By now, City were in complete control and could afford to see Sterling, Jack Grealish and substitute Gabriel Jesus waste excellent chances because Burnley never looked remotely capable of mounting a comeback.

The home side finally managed a shot on target after 75 minutes, when substitute Jay Rodriguez brought a diving save from Ederson, but they can take few positives from a fourth successive defeat other than the fact they avoided significant damage to their goal difference.

Burnley remain rooted in the bottom three, while City can head into next Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool knowing they will stay in first place if they avoid defeat.