Earlier on today, a strong Manchester City side were able to progress into the next round of the FA Cup by beating a rotated Burnley team 5 goals to nil.
As Guardiola had promised earlier in the week the hosts put out a strong XI that contained Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho as the stand out names. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring with a fantastic run inside the box which bamboozled the Burnley defence including Nick Pope, who had a fantastic game despite conceding 5 times.
Man City remained dominant throughout the rest of the first half but the main event, other than the goal, had to be Walker breaking the corner flag, which the fans enjoyed when the steward brought out a replacement.
In the second half City really upped their game and put a poor Burnley side to the sword; Kevin De Bruyne’s trademark rocket to make the game 3-0 was the pick of the goals.
Here’s how we rated the Manchester City players from the game…
Ederson - 6
Ederson was not really troubled today by Burnley and did not even have to make a save. He came off his line quickly to make up for Otamendi’s mistake, but that was as close as Burnley came to score. Ederson was calm and composed on the ball and was effective in the build up as he always is.
Kyle Walker - 8
This was a much needed performance from the England international today. He was effective defensively and nullified the limited threat that Brady offered in the first half. However, he was superb going forward today and really took advantage of the clear tactical decision for Bernardo to come inside; he played many lovely one-twos and deserved an assist for his efforts.
John Stones - 7
It was good to see Stones back into the City side today, it was also really nice to see him put in an effective performance both in defence and in the build up. He was excellent in the air today and dealt with Vydra with the same confidence he showed in the World Cup. Most of the play went down the right side for City today, in the absence of Laporte, therefore his passes into Walker and Bernardo were crucial and he did a superb job.
Nicolas Otamendi - 6
Otamendi battled hard today and was excellent in the air as he always is and fought hard alongside Stones. However, there was nothing to note from his build up today and a fatal error could have cost City a precious 6th clean sheet in a row.
Danilo - 7
I am a big fan of Danilo, I was last season and I think that this season he is far more valuable to City due to Walker not being at his best. He was good defensively today and was prominent in the attacking phase of play. He played a lovely pass to Jesus which led to the first goal, apart from that he was a presence and helped keep the ball moving on the left-hand side.
Fernandinho - 6
The 6 does not mean that Fernandinho was average today, it was simply not a stand out performance for a man of his quality. He dominated the midfield and played some lovely passes out to both Mahrez and Bernardo, however I am still in awe of that performance against Liverpool, and this was nowhere near that.
Kevin De Bruyne - 9 (Man of the Match)
He is slowly getting back to his best. It feels odd to say that a 9/10 rating goes to a player was not at his best, but Kevin De Bruyne is not any player. It was exciting to see his whipped crosses into the box and a particular through ball to Walker in the first half that was a class above. His goal as I have spoken about was classic KDB, he took a touch to push the ball in front of him and leathered it into the bottom corner. He will get better and better and so will this Man City side.
Ilkay Gundogan - 6
Gundogan put in a solid performance today. He played a through lovely balls through to Mahrez and almost played in Jesus for another goal. Gundogan was not at his free-flowing best today but he was good in the tackle and kept the ball moving well.
Bernardo Silva - 7
Bernardo played an interesting role today, he was picked I imagine as the right sided player but he spent most of the game playing inside as Walker often overlapped. He linked well with Walker and created the majority of the chances during the first half in particular. His goal did take a deflection and should have been saved, however Bernardo looked like he was getting back to the silky playmaker we saw at the start of the season.
Riyad Mahrez - 6
Mahrez played well and picked up his 10th assist in all competitions for Man City today, but it still does not feel that he has clicked in the squad. I saw a stat that showed both Sterling and Sane’s first season at City, Mahrez is on course to better them both. Yes, he is a lot older than they were but I feel with more time under Pep he will show why he is the record signing.
Gabriel Jesus - 6
Jesus took his goal really well today, with a fantastic run in the box and a good finish past Pope. He ran hard and was consistent in making the necessary and playing the right passes in order for the build up to flow. Jesus has found the form he needed to prove why Man City fans were so excited about him just 2 years ago.
David Silva - 6 (Sub)
Silva came on for Fernandinho after 66 minutes and kept the tempo high in order to keep the ruthless spirit that Guardiola lives and breathes. He is another one of those slowly getting more and more minutes in order to get back to
Phil Foden - 6 (Sub)
Foden had a few nice touches and chased the ball hard, again keeping the energy high when the work had already been done.
Sergio Aguero - 6 (Sub)
Aguero looked a threat as soon as he came on by running at the Burnley defence and having a few shots at the goal. He took the penalty well and has a goal which can only help his return to form.