Player ratings as citizens score 13th consecutive victory
Manchester City recorded a 2-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday night to move three points clear atop the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t take long to find the opener as an effort from Bernardo Silva was parried straight into the path of Gabriel Jesus, who was able to nod into an empty net in three minutes.
City had most of the ball throughout the first half and eventually made their possession count once again just before the 40-minute mark. A fluid move to the left resulted in a withdrawal of Ilkay Gundogan by Raheem Sterling, dragging his side into the break with a 2-0 advantage.
The visitors continued to dominate possession and should have gone 3-0 as Sterling missed a head-to-head five minutes after the restart. City continued to create and weren’t fortunate enough not to make three again as Riyad Mahrez had a goal disallowed for offside around the hour leaving the scores at 2-0.
Now let’s move on to player ratings.
Nick Pope (GK) – 6/10 – Unusual error for the opener and looked a little nervous after that, but regained his composure after the interval, making several saves.
Matthew Lowton (RB) – 5/10 – I had a scorching hot time keeping Sterling calm and just couldn’t handle it at times. Seemed absolutely exhausted in the last few minutes.
James Tarkowski (CB) – 5/10 – Made an interception and two clears but, as you might expect, struggled against such a powerful attack.
Ben Mee (CB) – 6/10 – Did well on several occasions to cover his colleagues at the back and bail them out but, like his partner, was beaten by the rapid movement of City players.
Erik Pieters (LB) – 5/10 – In fact, he did well to contain Mahrez as much as he did, but the full-back did so little to move forward that he was barely noticeable.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RM) – 5/10 – The Icelandic international looked flat in possession, but did a good job of choking Aymeric Laporte when he sought to advance the ball.
Jack Cork (CM) – 5/10 – Cut off a few City attacks, making two tackles, but was widely passed and failed to keep the ball when he had it, achieving a passing accuracy of just 65 percent.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 6/10 – He did his best to put balls behind but couldn’t find enough attackers.
Dwight McNeil (LM) – 6/10 – Was a brilliant performer for Burnley, showing tenacity in his pressing and a willingness to advance with two energetic dribbles in the first 45. However, he was kept silent after the break.
Matej Vydra (ST) – 6/10 – I did a couple of promising runs behind and looked like an option the midfielder just failed to exploit. There was more serve in the second half and looked brilliant but couldn’t capitalize.
Jay Rodriguez (ST) – 3/10 – Couldn’t replicate the impact that Chris Wood or Ashley Barnes would have, as Burnley clearly lacked a focal point, having only 21 touches of the ball.
Dale Stephens (CM) – 5/10
Joel Mumbongo (ST) – N / A
Josh Benson (CM) – N / A
Ederson (GK) – 6/10 – Had very little to do as a goalkeeper, but was so calm and efficient with the ball at his feet. Did a bad challenge miles away from his intended purpose.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – 7/10 – Strong defensively and once again played fascinatingly as a central midfielder when his side had the ball which gave City the dominance. He proved once again a creative force when he came out of defense with 95% passing accuracy.
John Stones (CB) – 8/10 – A good defensive change against Burnley’s counterattacks, and still head up high to pass the ball gradually with 96% passing accuracy.
Ruben Dias (CB) – 8/10 – Continue to dominate, winning the ball three times and helping the team to another clean sheet.
Aymeric Laporte (LB) – 6/10 – Had a good game defensively, but couldn’t influence as much as he would have liked.
Rodri (DM) – 8/10 – Proved perfect screen in front of the back four – or three at times – as he filled in the gaps and stopped counterattacks with four tackles.
Bernardo Silva (CM) – 7/10 – Found pockets of space with ease and was crucial in the first objective, forcing the original save out of Pope.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 9/10 – Exceptional. It was tough to pick up for Burnley’s defense, and he found himself in positions where he made four key passes and registered an assist for Sterling just before half-time.
Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 7/10 – Looked ridiculously sharp on the ball. Played a big part in preparing for the second and didn’t have the chance to be called just offside as he went home what would have been 3-0.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 6/10 – Managed to score in consecutive games with a single tap in the early stages, and was fairly calm after that. But, he scored, so whatever.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – 8/10 – A threat everywhere, moving to the left to influence the debates. You have a goal to double him for the season, but I should have done it two with one on one over 50 minutes.
Oleksander Zinchenko (LB) – 6/10