Five-star Manchester City put five past Burnley

Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden were stellar, as Burnley once again fell to a 5-0 thrashing from Manchester City.

Phil Foden was handed his fourth league start of the season as Pep Guardiola made eight changes to the side that picked a 3-0 win over Arsenal.

In a one-sided affair, City began the onslaught and grabbed the opener and in the 22nd minute. A short corner was worked to Foden on the edge of the box, who powerfully drilled a low one past Nick Pope.

City doubled their lead in the 43rd minute. An excellently floated long ball from Fernandinho allowed Riyad Mahrez to beat the offside trap.

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The Algerian then glided into the box, faked two defenders with his left foot and smashed in his tenth goal of the season with the right.

Things went from bad to worse for Burley as they soon conceded a penalty on the brink of halftime.

A VAR review showed Ben Mee had fouled star striker Sergio Aguero in the box. The Argentine would immediately walk off injured and be replaced by Gabriel Jesus.

Mahrez duly delivered and calmly dispatched the penalty to score his second of the night.

The Citizen picked up right where they dropped off in the second half.

Foden’s beautiful no-look pass to Bernardo Silva caught the Burnley defence off-guard, allowing the Portuguese square the ball into the path of David Silva, who smashed home their fourth.

Foden then wrapped up a sensational performance by scoring his second of the game in the 63rd minute.

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Gabriel Jesus’s poor attempt on goal from a Bernardo Silva low cross found its way to Phil Foden, who seized the opportunity to score his first Premier League brace.

The Englishman has been superb since the restart of the Premier League and has scored three goals in two games.

His vision and composure, coupled with an eye for goal, were highlighted in the win as he claimed MOTM.

With David Silva set to exit the Etihad at the end of the season, perhaps Pep Guardiola needs not leave home in search of his replacement.

This win means run-away leader Liverpool cannot claim their much-anticipated Premier League title in their next game against Crystal Palace.

They could, however, lift the trophy at the Etihad, when they go against Manchester City, and that would be some story.

Ojele Joshua
Bona Fide football fan with a passion for writing.
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