This title race is so exciting and with Manchester City’s 1-0 win against Burnley on Sunday, both Liverpool and City now have over 90 points.
The first half was a very tense affair as Pep Guardiola’s side did not get started going forward, though Burnley also did not offer much either.
However, they probably had the best chance of the half when Chris Wood was unable to control the ball, and Ederson smothered it before he could get a shot off.
The second half started much better for the away side as Raheem Sterling ran at the Burnley defence to set the pace for an onslaught. City were relentless and they created chance after chance, only to be denied by the brilliance of Tom Heaton.
But, Sergio Aguero was able to break the deadlock when he controlled the ball in the box, took a shot that bounced off Matt Lowton and he could not prevent it from going over the line.
Here’s how I rated the players:
Ederson - 7
Ederson was alert when he needed to be when he smothered the ball from Wood’s chance. His passing was also superb and if Aguero had controlled the ball better, he may have had another assist.
Kyle Walker - 6
Dwight McNeil is a promising talent and Walker did a very good job keeping him quiet. The one criticism is that a few of his crosses could have been hit with more pace.
Vincent Kompany - 7
Liverpool twitter decided that Ashley Barnes was the saviour. However, Kompany decided otherwise. He was very good in the air and was composed when Burnley pressed high.
Aymeric Laporte - 7
Laporte did a very similar job to Kompany, dealt well with the strong Burnley pair but also passed out from the back superbly.
Oleksandr Zinchenko - 6
Zinchenko was on the receiving end of a few grilling’s from both his teammates and manager. He was sloppy a few times as he let the ball run out of play because he did not understand the pass. However, he remained firm in defence, especially when it came to throw ins.
Ilkay Gundogan - 8 (MOTM)
Gundogan has really grown into the City side. The Germany international put in a very professional performance. He was superb intercepting the ball but going forward he dictated the game with class and intelligence.
Bernardo Silva - 7
He switched between the right and the centre, as Sterling played alongside Aguero. He was superb and Burnley recognised the threat as they always doubled up on him. It was his pass that found Aguero and he was unlucky not to have a goal himself, had it not been for Heaton.
David Silva - 7
David Silva was not quite as good as he was against Manchester United but he was still very important once more. The first half was quiet for him but in the second half he was able to find more space between the lines. This meant he created far more chances and was denied a penalty from a clear handball from Barnes.
Raheem Sterling - 6
Sterling was very quiet in the first half. However, he had a much better second half and there were a few chances for him to score. His best bit of play was when he beat three Burnley players only to be stopped by Lowton.
Leroy Sane - 5
Sane had the same first half as Sterling; quiet. The difference was that he did not kick on in the second half, therefore he was taken off for Gabriel Jesus.
Sergio Aguero - 7
Aguero, I felt, was selfish at times when he could have created a better chance for his teammates. However, that selfish attitude is why he got his goal today and why he is the best striker in the league.
SUB: Gabriel Jesus - 6 (64’)
This would have been much higher had he got his goal. It was down to his typical hard work, he ran onto the end of a superb ball by Walker, took it round the keeper and had it not been for Ben Mee, Man City were 2-0 up.
SUB: John Stones - 7 (83’)
This is a high rating for someone who only played the last minutes. However, he was brought on to add height and win headers. He did this perfectly and City have him to thank.
SUB: Nicolas Otamendi - N/A (90+2’)
Came on to defend the free-kick.
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