January is turning out to be quite a month for Manchester City, with the Blues still competing on all fronts after brushing aside Burnley in the FA Cup today – their eighth win in a row.
Pep Guardiola’s men were heavy favourites to advance to the fifth round of the famous cup competition and did so with considerable ease, as Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero all scored, while a De Bruyne cross was turned into his own net by Burnley’s Kevin Long.
Here’s how we rated the players on a rainy afternoon at the Etihad.
Ederson – 7
Had very little to do until Nicolas Otamendi’s poor control let in Vydra for a one-on-one chance. Ederson was quick off the mark, rushing out to pressure the Burnley striker who fired his effort into the side netting. The sign of a good goalkeeper is when he has nothing to do, but is switched on when he suddenly is called into action. Ederson played a big part in De Bruyne’s goal with a fantastic pass.
Kyle Walker – 6
Could have got himself sent off after making a mistake then committing a quite nasty tackle to try and rectify it. Not too bad but still not the same Walker we saw last season.
John Stones – 6.5
Completed almost 96% of his 68 passes, the most of any player on the pitch for more than 15 minutes. Defensively, he had to make a few clearances but was largely untroubled.
Nicolas Otamendi – 5.5
A terrible moment where he complete miscontrolled the ball leaving the defence almost handed Burnley a goal on a silver platter, but Vydra couldn’t make the most of his chance. Besides that, he was also rarely troubled as Burnley were often camped in their own half.
Danilo – 7
The Brazilian full-back has been good on both the left and his natural right side lately, and today was no exception. He’s been really impressive of late and from being the back-up who we didn’t see much of, he’s currently City’s most reliable option on BOTH sides of the defence.
Fernandinho – 7.5
Matches like this are almost too easy for the Brazilian, who proudly wore the captain’s armband today. In complete control of the midfield, he made a match-high 104 passes and was involved in many of City’s attacks.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8.5 (Man of the Match)
Ohhh Kevin De Bruyne! Few would contest that KDB has looked a little rusty since returning from his latest injury lay-off, but today we saw him very close to his best as his passing was on a different level. Set up Bernardo’s second before getting on the score sheet himself with a thunderous drive. His performance was capped off with a menacing cross forcing a Burnley own goal. Deserved the ovation he got when substituted off.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Some neat passes by the German who had one of those performances where he was solid and involved in team play, but didn’t have any stand out moments.
Riyad Mahrez – 7
The Algerian is the subject of much debate among City fans right now, but had a fine game today and teed up De Bruyne for City’s third. Mahrez made a number of key passes. There are still more levels in him, which we’ll hopefully see in his second season and beyond.
Bernardo Silva – 7
With neither Sané or Sterling starting today, contrary to our predicted team, Bernardo was back on the wing. This isn’t his most effective position but like the other attackers, he was good and scored City’s second goal.
Gabriel Jesus – 7
From a man who looked devoid of confidence, the young Brazilian is now back at it and his goal was sublime – straight out of Brazil. His skill created his own chance which he took. Besides that, he worked very hard – which he always did, even when the goals weren’t coming. It’s now 8 goals in his last 4 starts for City.
David Silva – 7
Impactful is a good word to describe City’s first sub, as he won the penalty and had a good chance that was saved by Pope.
Sergio Aguero – 6.5
Came on for the last 15 minutes and timed his arrival well as he got to take the penalty that proved to be City’s fifth and final goal!
Phil Foden – 6
Replaced man of the match De Bruyne and was fine in his 15 or so minutes on the pitch.