Julian Alvarez Steals the Show as Manchester City Cruise Past Burnley

Erling Haaland’s return from injury was overshadowed by fellow striker Julian Alvarez as Manchester City secured a comfortable victory against Burnley.

Haaland, making his first appearance since fracturing his foot in December, was a 71st-minute substitute at the Etihad Stadium. However, his notable moment came when he mis-kicked a shot on the turn, drawing laughs from teammates Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic on the bench.

 

Meanwhile, Alvarez marked his 24th birthday in spectacular fashion, earning man-of-the-match honors by scoring two goals. The Argentine capitalized on a superb cross from Matheus Nunes to head home in the 16th minute. Just six minutes later, he converted a brilliantly worked free-kick routine orchestrated by Kevin de Bruyne.

Rodri added City’s third goal early in the second half, driving home Phil Foden’s cut-back from the edge of the area.

 

Although Burnley boss Vincent Kompany would have been pleased with his side’s resilience, they could only manage an injury-time consolation goal from defender Ameen Al-Dakhil.

City’s victory marked their eighth successive win in all competitions and their 13th consecutive triumph against Burnley. With Liverpool leading the table, City are five points behind with a game in hand, level with third-placed Arsenal as they aim for a fourth consecutive league title.

 

Manager Pep Guardiola emphasized the need for a significant winning streak to retain the title, acknowledging the tough competition posed by Liverpool and Arsenal.

We have to win as many games as possible and, at the end, we will see what happens,” Guardiola stated.

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