Man City drop points at Burnley

Hope Soto
February 4, 2018

"I think it's a different thing now - you collect the top players in, if not the world, then Europe, mould them into a team", Dyche explained.

City were made to pay for their missed opportunities when Burnley equalised in the 82 minute after Matthew Lowton played Johann Gudmundsson into space inside the box and he duly fired home from 14-yards out, 1-1. Their roles will be crucial, if Burnley are to nip City's threat in the bud.

The Spaniard also spoke about the debut of new signing Aymeric Laporte, who joined from Athletic Bilbao in a £57m deal.

City showcased their quality in the 39th minute with a flowing move from the back, ending with a powerful drive from Kevin De Bruyne which keeper Nick Pope did well to keep out. The Belgian is likely to be partnered by Ilkay Gundogan in the absence of David Silva.

Manchester City manager shares a moment with Raheem Sterlin during the English Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion on 31 January 2018. Together, they form a deadly contingent and will cause a horde of problems for the Burnley defence. "In my experience until everything is done, you have to be prepared for anything to happen".

Clearly the tour was good preparation for the 2017/18 season, as City are 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table having started the season with 19 wins and one draw from their first 20 league matches.

Sterling has 14 Premier League goals this season though, and many reckon he will be back on form soon.

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After their defeat at Liverpool, City have claimed two consecutive wins in the league, and have also progressed in both cups.

"They are doing so so well, it makes me feel like they aren't letting the others come close to them.With the number of points we have in normal conditions that would leave the fight open".

It wouldn't be wrong to say that the Belgian midfielder has been the best player of the Premier League so far this season.

This won't cost City the title, but it might damage Sterling's confidence. And if his performances this season are anything to go by, the Belgian will deliver.

At Turf Moor last season, Sterling found himself barracked throughout by a section of the Burnley supporter but his manager insists there should be no doubts about his temperament. It's really poor. I can guarantee you that the academy and youth team coaches at Man City will be really disheartened by that.

After Aaron Lennon's fierce shot was tipped onto the post by Ederson, Burnley kept at it and Gudmundsson kept his cool to deny them a win.

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