Burnley – Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City confirmed no indicators of giving up their Premier League title with out a battle as a 4-1 victory at Burnley reduce the hole on unbeaten leaders Liverpool to eight factors.
Pep Guardiola’s males have struggled to match the blistering requirements they set in back-to-back title-winning seasons, however appeared extra like their previous selves in what might have been a tough journey to Turf Moor.
Jesus made essentially the most of his probability to shine within the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero with two sensible finishes both facet of half-time to finish an eight-game purpose drought earlier than long-range strikes from Rodrigo and Riyad Mahrez moved City above Leicester into second place on purpose distinction.
“The strikers are there to score goals and we need him,” mentioned Guardiola of Jesus’s significance with Aguero additionally anticipated to miss Saturday’s Manchester derby.
“His effort, his commitment is always there but strikers like him and Sergio live for the goal and it’s important.”
Robbie Brady pulled a late purpose back for Burnley, who stay in 11th.
“City are a top-class side and they showed it tonight,” mentioned Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
“We kept it tight first half and made it awkward but they were excellent second half and we never got to grips with it.”
The guests have been dominant from first minute to final and will have been way more convincing winners however for some wayward ending and Nick Pope’s resistance within the Burnley purpose.
“We played a good game, we controlled them and we didn’t concede much apart from the goal in the last minutes,” added Guardiola.
“Our level was so good in most of the games. I don’t have the feeling we played bad in certain games. In general, I’m more than satisfied with the level of the team.”
Jesus didn’t appear like a striker trying to find confidence as he opened the scoring with a luxurious curling effort that discovered the far nook from David Silva’s move.
Pope then stood up nicely to block along with his toes from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva to preserve Burnley within the sport till the break.
Jesus gave City a cushion 5 minutes into the second half with a thumping end from Bernardo’s in-swinging cross.
Rodrigo continued an evening of improbable finishes when he capped a superb particular person show by drilling excessive previous Pope 22 minutes from time.
The Spanish midfielder insisted City can be ceaseless as they try to chase down Liverpool within the title race.
“Until the maths say something else, we are not going to give up on anything. We are going to fight until the end,” Rodrigo advised Amazon.
Mahrez got here off the bench to rating his 50th Premier League purpose with a exact strike on his weaker proper foot from exterior the field.
Brady denied City a primary clear sheet in eight video games, however that was the one unfavourable for the champions forward of Manchester United’s go to to the Etihad.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace moved up to fifth with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth regardless of enjoying for greater than 70 minutes with 10 males at Selhurst Park.
Mamadou Sakho was despatched off for a wild problem on Adam Smith, however Palace pissed off the Cherries after which struck 14 minutes from time when Jeffrey Schlupp burst by the Bournemouth defence and fired low and onerous previous Aaron Ramsdale.