Manchester City easily brushed aside Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
A brace each from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden, added to David Silva’s strike in between ensured the Cityzens made light work of the Clarets, although the win did come at a cost for City, with club record goal scorer Sergio Aguero going off injured with what looked like a muscular problem.
Burnley were always going to have issues troubling the City defence in the absence of strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, replacements Jay Rodriguez and Mateja Vydra not possessing the qualities of the missing duo.
It took Manchester City 22 minutes to break the deadlock and when it did arrive it was a well worked effort, Foden striking from the edge of the box after been set-up by Bernardo Silva, the teenage midfielder scoring in successive games.
The second goal was a beauty, Fernandinho’s diagonal pass from defence finding Mahrez, who easily skipped past his markers and finished with his weaker right foot.
Two minutes later on the half-time mark, Mahrez converted from the spot after a VAR review indicated Aguero was fouled by Ben Mee.
Two further second-half goals from Silva and Foden wrapped up a routine win for City, who never looked troubled and on the back of their early performances after the league restart should finish the season with a flourish.