Burnley – Manchester City: hardly threatening Burnley capitulates under the spell of City’s hypnotizing possession (1-4)
A ruthless City left no room for doubt, taking the lead early and firmly controlling the remainder of the game. As the game progressed, City kept mutating in a successful attempt to lock Burnley under a hypnotizing spell that sliced their defense in two, helplessly capitulating them into endless doom.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
After drawing against Newcastle United despite a dominant display, Manchester City trailed eleven points behind a relentless Liverpool side that had dropped only two points in fourteen matches.
Klopp’s side is looking well on track to follow in the footsteps City left behind during their historic 2017/18 season, whereas conversely, as Guardiola’s men proceeded towards a third consecutive Premier League success, they encountered numerous obstacles that have prevented a clean title defense.
Therefore, after losing to Liverpool and dropping two further points in the following weeks, the game away at Burnley gained vital importance for City in an attempt to keep their title rivals on the radar. In the process, reclaiming a second-place spot that has been deservedly stripped by Leicester City formed the first step.
City started in a 4-3-3 formation that featured Fernandinho and Nicolás Otamendi in the center of defense with Angeliño and Kyle Walker at their sides. Ahead of the backline, in the six position, started Rodrigo, while Bernardo Silva replaced Riyad Mahrez on the right wing.
Burnley used a 4-4-2 shape with James Tarkowski and Ben Mee in central defense and Chris Wood leading the line.
Early foundations for dominance
Given . . .