Man City destroy Burnley

Guardiola team after international break get easy home win against Dyche side. Most unusual thing about City starting eleven was that John Stones played nominally as right back. Man City played 4with Kompany, Laporte as central defenders, Mendy as left back, Fernandinho, Bernardo, David Silva as midfielders Mahrez, Sane and Aguero as forwards.  Man City started game nervously with Laporte bad pass to Kompany that resulted in dangerous challenge by Belgian. In first minutes Burnley tried to press and disrupt City pressing. But after 10 minutes City midfield started to control game and create chances from flanks first after Mahrez passes and later created goal after David Silva combination with Sane in Burnley penalty box and Spaniard low cross to Aguero which Argentinian scored. Only problems for City defensively were that Kompany and Laporte lost numerous challenges  and Belgian looked nervous with committing rush challenges. David Silva was main creator in City, he positioned himself in left half space and combined with Sane and Aguero. Sane played advanced position and waited for Silva passes to advance in Burnley penalty box. German wasn’t involved in general play often. Mendy occasionally helped attack and made couple dangerous crosses. Stones played more as midfielder and helped Fernandinho to control midfield and prevent counterattacks. Englishman made 78 passes compared Mendy for compression made only 47 passes. Bernardo Silva played more advanced and central position compared to David Silva close to Aguero. Portuguese was less involved in general play and in 60 minutes before substitution made only 21 pass. Mahrez played as right winger given that Stones played more as midfielder and didn’t support attack as full back Algerian often dropped deeper to receive a ball. And with Bernardo playing centrally close to Aguero, Mahrez often left isolated against oppositions full back to create chances. Riyad created four chances for teammates joint top with David Silva which were wasted mainly by Aguero. Mahrez also was very active in general play Algerian made 78 passes. Aguero scored one goal but had bad game. Argentinian wasted number of great chances and his lack of passing and link up play destroyed couple dangerous attack for City. City wasted couple of great chances in first half and entered half time with only one goal advantage. Man City were able to kill of game after half time with controversial Bernardo Silva goal after David Silva passed ball which was out of pitch and Fernandinho great shot after rebound. In last ten minutes Mahrez scored four goal and Sane after Mendy low cross scored fifth. De Bruyne come back on the pitch from injury after substitution for Bernardo Silva when City lead 3-0. It was easy game for City with two worrying things for Guardiola side. first wastefulness by City players and second Kompany bad, nervous defending which also affected Laporte performance .

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