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Manchester City vs Burnley at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Lee Mason
28th November 2020 3:00 PM (GMT)
  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘6' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘22' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘41' Benjamin Mendy
    • ‘66' Ferran Torres
    • ‘69' Riyad Mahrez
  • 0 Burnley


Commentary By Rob Pollard



That's all from me. Thanks for staying with me throughout today. 

Great win and excellent performance. Onwards and upwards. 

See you Tuesday for the Porto game!



"We feel very good. All the players and the team are so happy. We know we create a lot of chances and they didn't go in the goal, but today the strikers and midfielders did the job which is why we scored a lot.

"I feel like in some games it is more difficult because the opponent does not try to play with the ball and stay at the back. We work a lot on tactics and we were stronger."



"It was important to come back with a victory in the Premier League. One more game.

"We play a lot of games so to play 90 minutes and maintain a good level is not easy but there are always things to improve on.

"It's important for our people to score goals and it is a chance for them to keep playing."



"It's three points. We are happy to score a lot of goals and create chances. 

"When you play on front foot and don't score and struggle, it can be frustrating, but you have to keep working and we will keep working in training and games."



De Bruyne with a low ball across the box, Jesus looks certain to score but Peacock-Farrell saves. 

But then somehow the keeper fumbles it into his own net. 


VAR rules it out....Jesus offside. 

Crazy game.

City 5-0 Burnley 


What a stat this is - can we do it?

This was a pre-match stat... 

City are on a six-match winning streak at home to Burnley in all competitions, with the past three encounters each ending 5-0. 

Notts County are the only side to have won four successive home games by at least a five-goal margin against the same opponent, doing so against Port Vale between October 1893 and February 1907.



Another top goal. 

KDB with a fine ball to sub Foden, which rips Burnley apart. 

He crosses for Mahrez who heads home from six yards out. 


High quality

Walker goes down the outside on the overlap and crosses for Jesus. 

The Brazilian holds it up expertly and finds Torres, who bags ANOTHER goal for City. 

Love this lad. 


Foot off gas

Half an hour to go. We have a commanding lead and have been largely excellent - but Burnley have just had their best spell. 

We need to stand firm. 


Big chance for Burnley

Dangerous ball into the box headed clear superbly by Stones. 

Ball ends up with Rodriguez, who strikes one low towards the far bottom corner but Ederson makes a fine stop. 


Good defending

Fernandinho with a good ball towards the back post, but Lowton clears before Jesus can connect. 

We've been very good today. Positive going forward; stable at the back. 



Burnley going direct and putting balls into the box. 

Fernandinho just does enough to put Tarkowski off. 

Then Ederson claims before Wood can connect.

Expect more of that in the remainder of this match. 



De Bruyne with a beautiful floated ball to the back post. Mendy meets it with a first-time volley. 


Technique on that finish, my word. 


Headed clear

Set pieces likely to be Burnley's best route into this game. 

Free-kick swung in there - Gundogan stretches every sinew and heads clear.



Goal ruled out for offside. 

Quick one-two from a corner sees Mahrez cross towards the back post. Jesus heads it against Torres - and he was in an offside position. 

Bizarre incident. 



De Bruyne tries a cross from very, very deep.

Did he go for goal or miscue? Whatever happened, the 'keeper had to tip it over from right underneath his bar! 



Poor from Burnley. 

Defence switches off and Mahrez makes run in behind. Walker finds him with a throw and suddenly he was in on goal. 

He finished with aplomb. Again. 


Familiar picture

Bit like a training exercise at present. 

City moving the ball around, trying to make inroads against a side very well-organised. 

Burnley sat deep, defending in numbers. 

We've seen this before, haven't we? 



Loose pass sees Burnley lose possession in midfield and some swift passing saw us rip through them. 

Ball ends up at Mahrez's feet inside the area and he slots home SUPERBLY. 



Two banks of four

Burnley, as expected, with plenty of players behind the ball. 

Finding space won't be easy and an early goal feels important. 



Mahrez skins Taylor and is fouled.

Free kick down the City right, a few yards outside the area. 

De Bruyne takes it but it's headed away by Tarkowski. 


Moment's applause

A moment's applause inside the Etihad for Diego Maradona, one of the greatest every footballers, who dies this week aged 60. 


Taylor [on Foden]

"I am a big fan of Phil's. I was fortunate enough to work with him and he has done amazing up to now and he’s got a really bright future ahead of him.

"Your only concern was how small he was and how slight he was, but if you see him now you wouldn’t know. 

"He is quick, he is agile, he is strong. He has got this wonderful ability to take the ball in any area and he plays with his heart. 

"We’re really fortunate and I am sure, I know Pep is, because he has mentioned it on so many occasions, that we’re really lucky to have him."


Premier League fixtures

Three Premier League games left to play, then, today. 

City v Burnley at 3pm

Everton v Leeds at 5.30pm 

West Brom v Sheffield United at 8pm 


Gareth Taylor [on Stones keeping his place]

"Good confidence for John. He has had to keep working hard, training hard whilst playing second fiddle to some of the strong performers in front of him. 

"Good for him that he’s playing."


Around the grounds

One Premier League result already in...Brighton 1-1 Liverpool. 

A very, very late Pascal Gross penalty earns Brighton a point. 


The Goat predicts

"I think with CIty we do one of two things. We either hammer them and it becomes four, five or six goals, or it becomes one of those games where Burnley get a few occasions but we still end up winning narrowly. 

"Which one will it be? We’ll see, but I think City will be City and win."


Pep's tribute to Maradona this week was 😍

“There was a banner in Argentina one year ago that I read, that said: ‘No matter what you have done with your life Diego, what matters is what you have done for our lives.’

“He gave a lot of joy and he made football better.

“What he did for Napoli and for Argentina in 1986 was something unbelievable.

“Rest in peace and on behalf of Manchester City a big hug for all his family.”


Horlock [on Burnley]

"Dyche knows it'll be difficult. 

"They will try and be resolute, get behind the ball and keep it 0-0 as long as possible." 


Pep [on impressive record v Burnley]

"The past is the past. 

"This is a new game, new setup. 

"We will try to do a good game, create chances and try to win."


This from my colleague David Clayton

"City’s record against Burnley is impressive to say the least – but that’s all it is – a record.

"It has no bearing on today’s game and there’s no guarantee our goals for column will be substantially better this evening.

"Burnley will have watched how teams have frustrated City this season (nothing new in reality) and Sean Dyche will be desperate for his side not to ship goals at the Etihad.

"In years gone by when the Clarets have been struggling, they’ve adopted a ‘back to basics’ approach based on committed defending and organisation.

"Expect City to have the lion’s share of possession, Burnley to sit deep and in numbers, and a patient approach from the hosts."


City team is in

Starting Eleven

31. Ederson

2. Kyle Walker

3. Rúben Dias

5. John Stones

8. Ilkay Gündogan

9. Gabriel Jesus

16. Rodrigo 

17. Kevin De Bruyne (C)

21. Ferran Torres

22. Benjamin Mendy

26. Riyad Mahrez


13. Zack Steffen

7. Raheem Sterling

20. Bernardo Silva

25. Fernandinho

27. João Cancelo

47. Phil Foden

50. Eric Garcia


We're Not Really Here

Our live showing coming up in a few minutes time. 

Kevin Horlock makes his debut today. 

In fact, there's some very strong 99 vibes with Gareth Taylor also on board. 



By the way, there's a new documentary coming to CITY+ next week. 

It focuses on Fernandinho becoming club captain this summer. 

The man himself and his teammates discuss his leadership qualities and personality. 

Keep an eye out for that one. 



“It hasn't been an easy start of the season for us,.

“We have had lots of injuries and we missed some important players.

“I think the team is getting in better condition now we have the whole squad available.

"It's true that we haven't been at our best level in some games, but we are focused and ready for what's coming.

“We need to be patient. We know it's still the beginning of the championship.



Burnley have gone 14 competitive away fixtures without a win against City since Colin Waldron scored the only goal at Maine Road in the Charity Shield in August 1973. 


Our EDS are currently in action - it's LIVE for CITY+ subscribers


Recent meetings

City have already played Burnley this season, winning 3-0 in the Carabao Cup at Turf Moor.

In June, the teams met in the Premier League, with City again emerging victorious with a clinical 5-0 win. 


Here's today's officials...

Referee: Lee Mason

Assistants: Richard West, Adrian Holmes

Fourth official:  Anthony Taylor

VAR: Robert Jones

Assistant VAR:  Scott Ledger


Sean Dyche

“I think he [Pep] has been a fantastic edition to the Premier League, with what he brings with his thoughts and what his team bring as well of course.

“They are still a top side, they all know their roles and responsibilities both in possession and out of possession.

"People forget about the work they do when they are out of possession so it’s always a tough task.”


See ya later!

Join us here from 1pm for full coverage throughout the afternoon. 

Until then, here are a few bits and bobs to keep you busy. 

See ya soon!


We're Not Really Here

Kevin Horlock will make his first guest appearance on our We're Not Really Here pre-match live show today. 

Horlock will be joined by former teammates, Shaun Goater and our current women's team manager, Gareth Taylor, as well as presenter, Kyle Walker, to provide in-depth analysis and opinion ahead of the game. 

We’re Not Really Here provides a City focused perspective to your pre-match build-up and begins one hour before kick-off at 14:00 (UK).

You can tune in on all of our official digital platforms, whilst during the game there will be live commentary and footage of fans around the world, which you can enjoy exclusively on and our official app.

Join us right here to catch the show. Should be a belter. 


City latest

Pep has a fully fit squad to choose from for the first time this season.

Nathan Ake has returned to training and is available for selection after a period on the sidelines.

KDB and Kyle Walker are available after being rested in midweek.


Milestone pending

City are on a six-match winning streak at home to Burnley in all competitions, with the past three encounters each ending 5-0. 

Notts County are the only side to have won four successive home games by at least a five-goal margin against the same opponent, doing so against Port Vale between October 1893 and February 1907. 


Pep [on Aguero's state of mind]

“It’s difficult for me to talk about his feelings. 

“I saw him good. It was hard, especially for his son. It’s tough, it’s normal. He knew Maradona well and his son it was his grandfather, it’s hard for his family. 

“It’s a question for him, it's difficult for me to answer.”


Burnley injury latest

Nick Pope could miss out because of the head injury he sustained against Crystal Palace. Bailey Peacock-Farrell is ready to deputise if Pope doesn't make it. 

Dale Stephens and Robbie Brady look set to miss the game with hamstring injuries.

Other games that day

  • West Bromwich Albion1
    Sheffield United0
  • Everton0
    Leeds United1
  • Brighton and Hove Albion1

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 10 +5 21
2 Tottenham Hotspur 9 +12 20
3 Chelsea 9 +12 18
4 Leicester City 9 +6 18
5 Southampton 9 +4 17
6 Everton 10 +2 16
7 Aston Villa 8 +8 15
9 West Ham United 9 +5 14
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 -1 14
11 Leeds United 10 -2 14
12 Newcastle United 10 -3 14
13 Manchester United 8 -1 13
14 Arsenal 9 -1 13
15 Crystal Palace 10 -3 13
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 -2 10
17 West Bromwich Albion 10 -11 6
18 Burnley 9 -13 5
19 Fulham 9 -9 4
20 Sheffield United 10 -12 1
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