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Man City 5 Burnley 0 'It was important to come back' - Pep Guardiola salutes his Man City side as they hammer Burnley


Riyad Mahrez leaves with the match ball (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

Riyad Mahrez leaves with the match ball (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

Riyad Mahrez leaves with the match ball (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola admitted his side needed to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat against Tottenham, as they turned on the style to hammer Burnley.

Riyad Mahrez grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City roared back into goalscoring form with a 5-0 win over their whipping boys Burnley.

Benjamin Mendy, with his first for the club, and Ferran Torres also registered in Saturday’s rout at the Etihad Stadium.

It could even have been worse for the Clarets but a late own goal by stand-in goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell and an earlier header from Torres were disallowed while Kevin De Bruyne hit the post.

The win moved City into the top half of the Premier League table and Guardiola saluted his players amid a hectic fixture list.

“It was important to come back with a victory in the Premier League,” said the City boss.

“We play a lot of games so to play 90 minutes and maintain a good level is not easy but there are always things to improve on.

“It’s important for our people to score goals and it is a chance for them to keep playing.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche must be sick of playing at the Etihad Stadium as this was fourth successive 5-0 loss at this venue.

“It’s been tough here the last few times we have been without doubt,” admitted Dyche.

“The media have been on about it and I don’t know whether they planted it in the players’ minds!

“The first goal is really poor. The gameplan is almost dismantled by our own doing. 2-0 down here is really difficult as they grow with confidence and they are a top team without a doubt. We know the stats and facts of playing these sides.

“We didn’t get that in the first half. You can’t let these get their noses in front. All the fixtures are tough. It’s not a simple place to be in the Premier League.”

City have lacked their usual cutting edge in front of goal this season, not helped by Sergio Aguero’s injury problems. The Argentinian was again absent following what manager Pep Guardiola described as “a little disturbance in his knee” but, on this particular occasion, he was not missed.

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City had only scored 10 goals in their opening eight Premier League games but, if they could have chosen any opponent to face after criticism of their lack of potency, it was Burnley.

It was certainly a chastening experience for Northern Ireland keeper Peacock-Farrell, who was handed his Premier League debut in the absence of Nick Pope.

He was picking the ball out of the net within six minutes after James Tarkowski gave away possession and City swept upfield. Kevin De Bruyne fed Mahrez in the area and the Algerian took a touch before bending in a fine low shot.

Kyle Walker fired over before Mahrez doubled the lead on 22 minutes and City made it three five minutes before the interval as Benjamin Mendy fired home De Bruyne’s cross.

The only surprise was City had to wait until the 66th minute to register their fourth. Torres claimed it from close range, tucking away his fifth for the club – but first in the Premier League – from a Gabriel Jesus lay-off after a surging run by Walker.

The fifth came moments later, Mahrez completing his first treble since netting three for Leicester against Swansea five years ago as he raced in to head home a cross from substitute Phil Foden.

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