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Manchester City vs Burnley at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Martin Atkinson
16th October 2021 3:00 PM (BST)
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘12' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘70' Kevin De Bruyne
  • 0 Burnley


Commentary By David Clayton


That's a wrap - post-match reaction late filtering through for some reason but stay on the app and for Pep's overview, Bernardo's post-match interview and match highlights - with a full match replay at midnight. Thanks for tuning in and enjoy the weekend!


Back to Champions League action on Tuesday with a number of legs rested today. Club Brugge have surprised one or two people so far so could be an interesting game in Belgium...


'Bernardo is another David Silva'

Shaun Goater on Matchday Live:   "You can imagine him in rondos and drills because he is another David Silva. Low cent of gravity, left right, he's got the ball, goes in 360-degrees and then he is going forward. Such great ability dribbling in small little areas and his desire to do the press is fantastic - he is sprinting from start to finish, you know Pep is enjoying it!" 


Sinclair reaction of Matchday Live

"I think it was a great performance - keeping a clean sheet is very important and it was good to see Ruben Dias and John Stones partnering up again at the end. Thoroughly professional didn't and we give away too many chances." 


Goat reaction on Matchday Live

"Well done to Sean Dyche - I was a bit disrespectful towards them thinking it would be 5-0. It could've been a draw they had  a couple of chances they just weren't clinical enough."


Had to happen - Bernardo makes the wrong choice as he races on to a headed ball from a Burnley defender and into the box - he had to hit it but instead checked inside and loses the ball. Collector's item


Dyche will be pleased

This is undoubtedly Burnley's best display here for many years. They will think they should have got something out of this and they're not wrong...



A set-piece special by Burnley as the ball is lofted into the box, Tarkowski leaps to head it down to Chris Wood who slides in a volleys over the bar from five yards out - that could have made for an edgy last 10 if it had gone in!


As I said, it was a pivotal stage of the game - now it's tilted our way and maybe we can get another before the end - 15 minutes plus added left so not quite over here


Super finish

Riyad Mahrez finds De Bruyne on the right of the box, his cross is blocked and Mahrez challenges for the loose ball, it falls back to De Bruyne who rifles a left-foot screamer past Pope to make it 2-0


It feels like we are at a crucial stage of the game - Burnley threatening again and we're still not quite at it. I'd change it around and get a couple of fresh faces on - if the Clarets score, they'll fancy their chances here because their confidence is growing



Matthew Lowton's low cross from the right is a whisker away from finding the foot of Chris Wood in the middle - another warning from the visitors that we need a second goal



And a it's big one. Cancelo finds Bernardo who feeds the overlapping Sterling and he spots Foden's dart into the box but his low cross is too close to Pope who again gathers - much better from City



Bernardo lofts a ball over the Burnley defence for Foden who tries to lift it over Pope, but he's a tall lad and gathers the shot with ease



Sterling works it to Bernardo whose low cross picks out Mahrez who again blasts it over - it was closer than his first-half attempt but still should be hitting the target, there.


You can see what Burnley have practiced on all week with four players marking the outlet options for Zack Steffen. We try to work it down the right but lose possession. Uncharacteristic. 


Sinclair: 'We were a bit sloppy'

Trevor Sinclair on Matchday Live: "I think we were a bit off it, bit sloppy at times with the fundamentals. We should stick to our philosophy because we haven't done that in the first half. We could see a few changes, Burnley have stuck in there."


Our four 1967/68 squad members receive their medals... the sons of Paul Hince and Harry Dowd, plus Bobby Kennedy and Stan Horne are all presented by Mike Summerbee. Finally....


Half-time: City 1-0 Burnley

That was pretty eventful! Burnley have caused problems and I doubt that run of 5-0 wins will continue today. I think we will regroup and tweak one of two things after the break with maybe one or two subs coming on early in the second period. The visitors have been good and they are still in this - but City lead from Bernardo's goal.


Into added time here as Laporte goes in to tackle McNeill - he pulled back at the last second but the Burnley players reacted immediately - they wanted a red card, but it's never a red. Laporte booked and McNeill is fine


Lovely skill by Bernardo creates a chance out of nothing, but his shot flies over the bar. In other news, the City fans are getting fed up with Burnley's timewasting tactics at throw-ins and goal-kicks...


De Bruyne moves with purpose into the Burnley half as City counter - he plays it to Sterling who mis-controls the ball. He could do with a goal Raheem, as his confidence in the box looks low...


City overplay at the back and Stones just manages to clear as Cornet races in - the Burnley man goes down in a heap but the tackle was good. A fraction of a second later and it could have been a penalty and a red card



Burnley spurn another very good chance as Jack Cork dispossess Bernardo, bursts into the box and when Stones clears his cross, it fall for Josh Brownhill whose angled low shot just goes past the post - that's two great chances missed by the visitors 


Cancelo chips a pass through towards Sterling who is pipped by Pope on the edge of the box - the crowd appeals and though it was close, the assistant ref says all good. Pope then gives him a wry grin



Riyad Mahrez gets into the box on the right and Sterling is free in the middle - but he gets his first time attempt to cross all wrong and it bounces harmlessly to Nick Pope.



Burnley won't get too many chance you'd imagine so they need to take them when they do come - delightful though-ball by Dwight McNeill sets Cornet clear and with just Zack Steffen to beat, he sees the City keeper make a good save. Cornet has pace to burn...


Burnley have tweaked their formation with Cornet coming out on the left and Wood moving more central in a bid to stem the City threat on the right flank


Dyche fury

City are well on top here as Mahrez bursts forward, plays it De Bruyne on the left edge of the box but his attempt to cut back inside is denied and Burnley survive. Sean Dyche NOT happy with his players on the touchline...


Terrific play again by Cancelo who slips in Bernardo and his low cross to Foden sees the England star fire a low shot from 15 yards that Nick Pope gets down well to keep out - but Bernardo is on hand to poke home from a yard or so out. Get In!!!!


Even-Stevens at the moment. Burnley, well organised and committed are probably looking for little milestones to keep their clean sheet intact. 15 minutes would be the first one I'd guess...


Noticeable a small group of four Burnley players in midfield immediately converged on Rodrigo in an effort to quickly crowd him out.  There is a game (plan) afoot I'm thinking....


Chris Wood is a man mountain - John Stones and Aymeric Laporte could have a tricky afternoon ahead if we give any set-pieces away. Maxel Cornet - as discussed - loves playing against City...


Goat on Burnley...

Shaun Goater on Matchday Live: "The longer it goes without a goal the better it is for Burnley - that is where they will rest their laurels. When I look at their team, they don't score enough. They will be a threat from set pieces they do have qualities defensively. When they get the odd chance they will have to take it." 


Stats ahead of kick-off...

 City have won 5-0 in each of their past four league and cup matches against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium (as earlier mentioned).

 Sean Dyche's side have lost the previous eight encounters home and away, scoring once and conceding 30 goals in total. Wow.

 City have taken 28 points from a possible 30 against Burnley since losing 1-0 at Turf Moor in March 2015. Decent return!

 The Clarets have not won a league fixture away to City since 1963, though they did beat them at Maine Road in the Charity Shield in 1973. Ouch...


Players out warming up and have been for about 10 minutes now as we edge towards kick-off. In fact, they've just headed back in for some final prep with Pep!


Nedum Onuoha on BBC Radio 5 Live...

"In some ways the season so far for Manchester City has been indifferent - purely based on previous standards. Listening to Pep Guardiola at the start of the season he said they wouldn't hit their best for a while due to a short pre-season and the Euros and we've seen that.

"In terms of recent performances, the results may not have always been there but the performances have made me think yes, this is the City I'm familiar with."

Such an eloquent talker is our Nedum...


Not got the official Manchester City App yet? If not, why not? It's the place to be for anything and everything City...


Goat liking the midfield...

Shaun Goater on Matchday Live: "Rodri doesn't possess aggression, but he has it all in terms of ability transitioning the ball doesn't give it away - he is just a quality player and for me he has had a superb seven games so far. KDB is hitting his rhythm and Bernardo has started so well. We are now starting to see him really play and he is a quality player. Not many better midfield threes its perfect."


Pep's pre-match thoughts...

"All the guys have been training well . I selected the team like I do every game. John is like a starter for us. When I make a selection it is not because I don't like them; it is for the opening the locker room for the tactics. 

"Raheem, he has to prove himself for the team and all the players around the world when they play they want to do well. Football is not just one payer, we need his specific qualities today." 


"Exciting title race..."

Trevor Sinclair on Matchday Live:  "What a start to the season - it's going to be fantastic race at the top of the table.  Liverpool look strong and I expected Chelsea to look strong following Lukaku's arrival. City have good flow, Grealish has started well with personality on the pitch and he's everyone's favourite player at the moment.


And Matchday Live is now kicking off with guests Trevor Sinclair and Shaun Goater in the studio, while Andy Morrison joins Ally Mann on live commentary duties this afternoon.


Stan Horne, Paul Hince, Bobby Kennedy and the family pf late Harry Dowd will all be honoured by Club Ambassador and former team-mate Mike Summerbee at half-time. It's been 53 years in the making...


Will be an emotional moment when our four 1967/68 squad members get their long-awaited championship medals this afternoon - here's the full story....


Watching the players arrive on the big screens and a good atmosphere building up outside the ground. We'll have the team news for you at 2pm - Ederson and Gabriel Jesus are definitely absent as they played a World Cup qualifier on Thursday night, so it'll be interesting to see what the line-up is


So, Burnley don't like the Etihad. Period. And the reason? The last four visits have all ended in a 5-0 win for City - if you're a Clarets fan, you've got to be thinking that it can't happen again, surely?


Kick-off is under two hours away and I'll entertain you as best I can between then and now and, of course with my keen observational skills (!) throughout the game and for a while afterwards.


Hello 💙

...And welcome to today's Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Premier League clash with Burnley!

Pep Guardiola's men will hope to hit the ground running after the international break, with top spot a potential prize should we emerge with the win.

The game starts at 15:00 (UK), but we'll bring you plenty of pre-match content before then, including team news at 14:00.

Our live pre-match show, Matchday Live, will also get underway one hour prior to kick-off, with Shaun Goater and Trevor Sinclair this week's special guests.

How are you feeling ahead of our clash with the Clarets? Share your thoughts using the hashtag #mancity or via WhatsApp on +44 7537 186538 and let us know who you'd pick to start the game.


Other games that day

  • Brentford0
  • Watford0
  • Southampton1
    Leeds United0
  • Norwich City0
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Leicester City4
    Manchester United2
  • Aston Villa2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers3
  • Newcastle United0
    Tottenham Hotspur0
  • Everton0
    West Ham United0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Chelsea 8 +13 19
2 Liverpool 8 +16 18
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 8 +3 15
5 Manchester United 8 +6 14
6 Everton 7 +5 14
7 Brentford 8 +3 12
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 0 12
9 Tottenham Hotspur 7 -4 12
10 West Ham United 7 +4 11
11 Leicester City 8 -1 11
12 Aston Villa 8 0 10
13 Arsenal 7 -5 10
14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
15 Southampton 8 -4 7
16 Watford 8 -8 7
17 Leeds United 8 -8 6
18 Newcastle United 7 -8 3
19 Burnley 8 -8 3
20 Norwich City 8 -14 2
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