Once again Manchester City huffed and puffed through the 90 minutes, getting the better of a dogged and determined Burnley side 2-1. It was a strange first 45 minutes with Burnley going toe to toe with the Sky Blues and getting a deserved lead. But City threatened on the break and had a number of shots on goal, only for them to be saved by Paul Robinson.
City once again dug in heels and showed the determination which won them 2 league titles in recent years and finally held on after scoring 2 goals and thus kept pace with the top two.
Let us take a look at the how the players fared.
Although not to be faulted for his goal, needs to toughen and sharpen up. Does not exude confidence and along with the back four, he looks shaky.
Not his best display. Supported up the pitch well enough but at the cost of his defensive discipline. Caught out far too many times.
Was lucky to escape with a blatant push in the first half which could have cost a penalty. Looked lost in the opening 45 minutes and does not look like 1st choice centre-back at a club like City.
Marginally better than Otamendi but still looked uncomfortable. Performed slightly better when venturing onto the left.
Nothing out of the ordinary. Came into the midfield often and did not have to deal much in defence.
Not the stand-out midfield player which he has been so often but still managed to do the job. Probably needs a rest in the near future.
Provides defensive stability and might be a useful weapon in the busy Christmas period and being fresh, will be eager to impress.
Another assured display in his advanced position. Was at the heart of the moves and passing movements, just like old times, and put in a man of the match display. Fans are loving him.
Cut a peripheral figure at times although he did link-up with Aguero on the left. Picked up another unnecessary yellow card for dissent.
Looked lively and capable of producing something when he got a chance to run at the opposition but the preciseness was missing in the final ball.
Not the best all-round display but his knack of scoring goals came to the fore with two scrappy goals. Tested the keeper a couple of times as well.
DE BRUYNE- 6/10
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