Liverpool cranked up the force on City with a 2-0 win over Watford in Saturday’s early kickoff however City took simply 5 mins to seek out their stride at Turf Moor, with Kevin De Bruyne opening the scoring. Ilkay Gundogan‘s volley made it 2-0 on 25 mins and with that, City ensured they ended the day the place they started it — best of the league.
Guardiola’s champions face a season-defining showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s contenders subsequent week on the Etihad however the City boss stated sooner than the commute to Burnley that his sole center of attention was once on Saturday’s fit.
City boss Pep Guardiola stated: “The next Premier League game we will play against Liverpool so we know they are going to win almost all the games — hopefully not the next one — but we will try to do the same. It’s Atletico Madrid next, then Liverpool.
“When Raheem Sterling comes again from the nationwide staff he is filled with self assurance. The numbers…and he’s by no means injured, like Riyad Mahrez, in order that they play constantly.
“People say experience when you are old but it works when you get good lessons and you learn from them. What you have done in the past doesn’t mean it will happen again. Every game will be like this. We need to play these games with this target and we will try.”
Guardiola’s staff took price early on with De Bruyne grabbing his twelfth function of the season. Joao Cancelo, Rodri and Raheem Sterling had been all concerned within the build-up and De Bruyne smashed house to offer his facet a very powerful early merit.
Sterling brought about the house facet all forms of issues and nearly made it 2-0 quickly after however he was once denied by way of Burnley keeper Nick Pope. City had been on best and Rodri was once the most recent to head shut, skewing a volley extensive when he must have accomplished higher. The guests doubled their lead quickly after although with a very good staff transfer that concerned De Bruyne and the spectacular Sterling. The England world floated a ball over to Gundogan and he cushioned in a tremendous end to position City in keep watch over.
City, chasing a Treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and the second one part at Burnley was once extra an workout in power preservation than the rest.
Sterling, considered one of City’s remarkable performers in conjunction with Rodri, discovered sub Jesus however he may now not end off and the Brazil world were given even nearer when he then struck the submit.
Burnley, nineteenth within the desk and 4 issues off protection, face a important fit in opposition to Everton subsequent week within the combat to stick within the Premier League, whilst City’s center of attention turns to Europe sooner than subsequent Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool.
Gundogan stated: “It’s always tough to come here against a tough and physical side. They have a certain type of playing, we needed to be prepared for long balls to their tall striker and it’s about winning second balls and trying to create chances and scoring. Obviously the two goals in the first half helped us a lot.
“The subsequent two to a few weeks can be decisive however each sport appears like a last now to be fair. That’s why it was once crucial to win these days. You can not drop issues in a different way it is going to be punished.”