Manchester City vs Burnley score and goal updates as Mahrez strikes twice and Mendy scores

Manchester City vs Burnley score and goal updates as Mahrez strikes twice and Mendy scores


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Manchester City secured passage into the Champions League last 16 in midweek but now thier focus returns to an underwhelming Premier League campaign so far this season.

Manchester City should have a fully-fit squad for the first time this season as they take on Burnley in the Premier League this afternoon. Manchester City host Burnley with Pep Guardiola's men hoping to bring their Champions League form into domestic matters.

City booked their spot in the Champions League last 16 in midweek but have currently scored the fewest amount of goals after eight Premier League games for fourteen years.

City welcomed back Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy this week, before Nathan Ake was the final returnee to training to complete Pep Guardiola's squad looking ahead to the clash with the Clarets. Guardiola is likely to monitor the fitness of Ake and also striker Sergio Aguero, to avoid rushing them back.


Guardiola was asked before the match whether he was concerned with City's poor goalscoring form that saw him win with the last two league matches. However, the boss simply assumed the opportunity to retain his side, predicting that goals would come if his side was positive.

With two upcoming Champions League games already qualified for the next round, Guardiola could focus entirely on the Premier League over the next three weeks.

They take on Sean Dyche's side at the Etihad Stadium with the visitors ending an eight-match winless run on Monday against Crystal Palace. 

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This is a test for Guardiola's trust in Rodry and Gundogan.

Fans complain that the pair slows the team down a lot and there is no need against opponents who sit deep.

The city has generally been very slow all season with his approach. Can they show why Guardiola trusts him so much today?

I make the city's first 3pm kick-off since January 18 when they drew 2–2 with Crystal Palace.

If he points to the team's draw and a crowded schedule, it also suggests the Blues have found a tough set of fixtures to start the campaign.

Burnley starts a run of five games before Christmas which should be a lot more welcome for them, and three of the five weekend games are at 3pm.

Much of the pre-match build-up has surrounded City's lowest goal return for fourteen years at this stage of the season.

But Guardiola is not downcast about that picking up soon, despite Aguero not making today's squad.

Poor finishing and general shot attempts may be a concern for City fans right now but they have had no such issues in this fixture in recent matches.

City have won their last six home games against Burnley by an aggregate score of 24-2, including three successive 5-0 triumphs.

If they win by the same scoreline today, they will become the first side since before WWI to win four successive home games against a specific opponent by five or more goals.

Ferran Torres curls an effort over the bar from the edge of the area.

Kyle Walker is so advanced in these early minutes. He’s earned his reputation at City staying back but is roaming forward and inside at every opportunity, doing the role that Cancelo has often performed this season. Another string to his bow.

An initial goal is exactly what the city would have wanted to overcome by any mechanism. He has given his first clear opportunity, and wants to stamp his authority on it.Now, the task would be to get a second one to count their pressure. After that the flood plains could open.

It has been one of the better starts for city sports. They are quickly passing the ball, having patience against a disciplined Burnley.The domestic results are hard to come by this season, so a second goal here would be to actually lift the team.

Riyad Mahrez is gifted inside the box as Burnley cannot cut a throw-in, and he curls inside the six yard box and into the corner.

City scored two goals in one match !!!

An ingenious throw-in there from Kyle Walker to keep the whole Burnley defence napping. Obviously exceptional from Mahrez again but Walker deserves an assist for that.

Meanwhile, an overhit De Bruyne cross is tipped over the bar from Burnley's reserve keeper Baily Peacock-Farrell.

From the resulting corner, City think they have a third as a Jesus header bounces into the net, but he heads against Ferran Torres, who is just offside.

Wow. Benjamin Mendy has scored.

It's a lovely volley at the far post from an angle, giving Kevin De Bruyne another assist. It's been a long wait for Mendy to score for City, but that's a beauty.

Guardiola gets what he wants Everything is completely gone for Guardiola. And that means the manager can effectively do whatever he likes in the second half, with players feeling like they need a rest and giving others minutes.Add two minutes.

There's the half time whistle As dominant as they were at Olympiacos, but this time with the goals to reward their pressure.Riyad Mahrez with two trademark goals, and Benjamin Mendy with his first goal for the club.Goal Scoring problem? What goal scoring problem?

It's been more of the same from City at the start of this second half, looking to create chances and properly kill this game off - more than is already is.I would expect the intensity to wear off as the game progresses. There's no need to exert any more energy than necessary with so many games coming up.

A nice move finds Gabriel Jesus in the box. He's under pressure, but shows good awareness to flick the ball to Ferran Torres, who sweeps home first time.

It's Torres' first Premier League goal, and he's immediately replaced by Phil Foden.