The goals of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling kept Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, giving them their 13th win in a row. Today, with a superior goal differential and a game in hand, they are leading Manchester United by three points.
Burnley was a game that protected the box well for the most part, but was still utterly outmatched, and remained 15th.
Sean Dyche would have preferred his players to stay in it for as long as possible and give up nothing for free, a tactic that lasted three minutes before the game; Sterling barged through Matt Lowton and fed Bernardo Silva, whose shot was nasty but not definitive, just that Nick Pope flapped it on Jesus’ head and he was unable to miss it.
And again, City scored, Sterling, tapping in the excellent cross of Ilkay Gundogan, just when it seemed Burnley could be going into the break with a chance of getting anything out of the match.
The second half featured nothing more than the passage of time; City should have scored more but did not press the issue, so it was difficult for Burnley to assemble an attack, never mind an opportunity. But again, the pace at which the usually doughty rivals were disposed of would not have been wasted on the chasing pack.