Man City vs Burnley Player ratings as Julian Alvarez brace keeps pressure on Liverpool

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Manchester City overcame Burnley as Julian Alvarez’s brace helped the champions to a 3-0 win.

Vincent Kompany was back at the Etihad as Burnley boss with the Clarets looking to make a surprise dent in Man City’s title hopes.

As expected, it was all City in the opening exchanges, with Pep Guardiola’s side monopolizing possession but unable to create any clear-cut chances.

It didn’t take long for City to find the back post as Julian Alvarez headed in from close range.

And the Argentina international doubled his advantage just moments later when he latched on to Kevin De Bruyne’s clever free-kick before finishing first time.

City did not let up after the break as Rodri almost immediately added a third with a brilliant finish from the edge of the box.

Burnley pulled one back in stoppage time as Ameen Al-Dakhil netted his first Premier League goal.

Man City player ratings

GK: Ederson – 6/10 – Mostly a spectator.

CB: John Stones – 6/10 – Comfortable as you like.

CB: Nathan Ake – 6/10 – Had one hairy moment at the back but wasn’t punished for it.

CB: Josko Gvardiol – 6/10 – Able to often get forward, although his shooting radar wasn’t tuned. Too easily beaten on the late goal conceded.

CM: Rico Lewis – 7/10 – Made it difficult for Burnley to get things going by breaking up play.

CM: Rodri – 7/10 – Polished as usual and with a fine goal to boot.

RM: Phil Foden – 8/10 – Helped create the opening goal and then directly assisted the third.

AM: Kevin De Bruyne (c) – 7/10 – Feeling his way back into the swing of things and this was a comfortable way to do it and get an assist.

AM: Matheus Nunes – 6/10 – Frequently involved in attacking play. Faded a bit.

LM: Jeremy Doku – 7/10 – His pace was a good outlet to stretch Burnley in a different way.

ST: Julian Alvarez – 8/10 – Celebrated his 24th birthday with an early brace.

SUB: Erling Haaland (71′ for De Bruyne) – 5/10

SUB: Jack Grealish (77′ for Foden) – 5/10

SUB: Mateo Kovacic (87′ for Rodri) – N/A

SUB: Sergio Gomez (87′ for Alvarez) – N/A

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