When Fernandinho was sent off after just 31 minutes, the outlook seemed bleak for Manchester City. In previous seasons, and under previous managers, a win would have been very unlikely. Thankfully, Pep Guardiola made changes at half-time and inspired the Blues to an incredibly important victory.
Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the individual performances of the players:
Claudio Bravo – 4
His dreadful attempt at a punch allowed Burnley back into the game. I’ve tried so hard to stick up for him, and have always said that there is a good goalkeeper in there somewhere, but I’m losing faith.
Bacary Sagna – 6.5
Did well for the most part and tried his best to clear Burnley’s goal off the line.
Nicolas Otamendi -6.5
Jumped in recklessly a couple of times but dealt well with Burnley’s physicality.
Aleks Kolarov – 6.5
Like his centre-back partner, Kolarov had a couple of iffy moments but didn’t have any major problems in dealing with some very strong attackers.
Gael Clichy – 7.5
I’ve been one of his biggest critics this season but credit where it’s due, Gael stepped up when it looked like no-one else would. His goal was taken superbly, and it sparked the rest of the team into life.
Fernandinho – 0
Before any of you try to tell me that it wasn’t a red, I’m almost certain that you were all shouting for a red card when Marcos Rojo committed the same offence (twice). He may be a fan favourite, and he may be one of our best players, but to get sent off unnecessarily in a game which should have been a formality is completely unacceptable.
It’s his third red card in six games. When did our most reliable player become a liability?
Yaya Touré – 7
Yaya did well given that he had no-one playing alongside him in what was effectively a one-man midfield. His tiredness was evident in the second-half however, as he struggled to influence the play in his usual manner.
Jesus Navas – 4
Like having a limb that doesn’t work. Useless. Just amputate it.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5
Not much came off for Kevin today but he was constantly trying to make things happen, and played a part in City’s second goal.
Raheem Sterling – 6.5
Much like De Bruyne, Sterling didn’t have his best game today. He was thwarted by Tom Heaton early on in the first half, and then again in the second half, but thankfully Aguero was there to finish it off on the second occasion.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 6
Didn’t take his chance today, in more ways than one. Afforded a rare start by Pep Guardiola ahead of Sergio Aguero, the Nigerian striker missed a host of chances in the first half, and was rightfully taken off at half-time.
David Silva – 7
Brought on to replace the completely ineffective Jesus Navas at half time, Silva added a touch of finesse and composure to proceedings.
Sergio Aguero – 7.5
Left out of the starting line-up today, Aguero answered his critics with a very good performance off the bench. He worked hard off the ball, pressing Burnley’s defenders constantly, before finishing superbly for what turned out to be the winning goal.
John Stones – N/A
No time to mark.
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