Manchester City started the new Premier League season emphatically as they proceeded with a 3-0 win over newly promoted Burnley.
It took just four minutes for the reigning champions to take the lead on Turf Moor, and there was no looking back from there as they sent a clear signal of intent for the new campaign.
The Clarets got off to the worst possible start and Erling Haaland volleyed the away team on the first offense of the game. However, the hosts were far from deterring, and Clever Amdouni saw a shot save before Lyle Foster narrowly curled up.
Return hopes were dashed before the break, but thanks to Haaland taking seconds off Julian Alvarez’s pass and cleverly finding the far corner via the bar.
Pep Guardiola’s side came close to expanding their advantage after the first half, only to have James Trafford, a Burnley debutant and City’s former junior player, rejected Rodri twice.
Still, the Spaniard would have achieved his goal by completing a spectacular individual show with a shot at home after a free kick was not cleared in the penalty area.
Burnley’s misery only increased during the injury period as Anass Zaroury was ejected for a bad move to Kyle Walker.
TALKING POINT – Same old Town, but De Bruyne worries
Let’s be honest, it would be brave to predict anything other than a Manchester City win tonight, but they’ve started the season in an absolutely ominous way.
With Kevin De Bruyne’s worrying limping injury in the first half, last year’s triple winners didn’t have their way, which should worry Guardiola a lot after the injury issues the Belgian suffered last year.
Even so, just like 2022/23, City was clinical without a captain and proved to be as calm and serene as you would expect from possession. They started the new campaign victorious, winning 13 of their last 15 league games last season, but Newcastle could provide a tough test in their next top flight.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Rodri (Manchester City). The midfielder is truly a Rolls Royce player, gliding through matches and dictating the pace as he progresses.
It was his padded header against Haaland that helped City get off to an excellent start, and neither he nor his teammates looked back from there.
There will be games where he won less time and space with the ball, but this was an occasion where Burnley ran the show as they couldn’t get close to him.
Burley: Trafford 7; Roberts 6, O’Shea 6, Al Dakhil 6, Beyer 6; Koleosho 7, Berge 4, Cullen 6, Vitinho 5; Amdouni 6, Foster 6. Subs: Larsen 6, Zaroury 5, Benson 6, no Brownhill, no Redmond
MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson 6; Walker 7, Akanji 7, Ake 7, Lewis 7; Silva 7, De Bruyne 7, Rhodri 9, Foden 7; Alvarez 7, Haaland 8. Subs: Kovacic 7, Palmer no, Laporte no, Gvardiol no, McAtee no
4′ GOAL! BURNLEY 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY (Erling Haaland). Well that didn’t take long! First chance of the game as a cross into the penalty area, City score was returned to the goal by Rodri. Haaland volleys the ball behind the goal with his left foot.
29′ FOSTER BUSHING WIDE. Lyle Foster’s excellent play from the left, intervening to get Rodri’s pass, bouncing Walker’s interception and then curling just behind the far post.
36′ GOAL! BURNLEY 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY (Erling Haaland). Great attack from City! Walker descends to the right and finds Julian Alvarez on his retreat. The striker makes a short pass to Haaland, who shoots nicely into the top corner of the bar. vast.
75′ GOAL! BURNLEY 0-3 MANCHESTER CITY (Rodri). If anyone deserves a goal, it’s Rodri. A free kick into the penalty area would result in the midfielder being dropped into midfield, with Burnley failing to clear the ball and the ball falling to the midfielder.
90+4′ ZAOURY SENT! The defender walks in and puts his foot on Walker’s calf. The referee initially gives a yellow card, but when the VAR asks him to take a second look, the referee switches to the red card.
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