Here are 5 things we learned from Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Burnley on Wednesday evening in Premier League action at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola’s side cruised to their 8th consecutive win in all competitions as they began a crucial run of fixtures with a comfortable win.
Esteemed Kompany host Steven Mcinerney looks at 5 things we learned from the win in the video below.
Kevin De Bruyne is back
Manchester City’s inspirational midfielder showed signs of his best form. In his first start since his return from injury, De Bruyne put in a dominant display and showed snippets of his immense quality.
De Bruyne’s assist for Julian Alvarez to double City’s lead was yet another reminder of his quality.
Manchester City have a difference-maker in this season’s title race. If Kevin De Bruyne continues his good form it may be a deciding factor in this season’s Premier League title race.
Matheus Nunes shines
During City’s 3-1 win we also saw a fantastic display from Matheus Nunes. City’s Portuguese midfielder put in his best performance since arriving from Wolves in the summer. His drive from midfield was a standout on the night and he picked up an assist for City’s opener.
Matheus Nunes does provide Pep Guardiola with a different option in midfield. The midfielder brings a dynamic edge and his runs from midfield add a different look to the treble-winner’s midfield. It was a quality performance from Nunes and one to build upon for the Portuguese international.
Erling Haaland returns
Manchester City’s goal-scoring phenomenon Erling Haaland finally made his return against Burnley. It was positive news for the champions to see Haaland back on the pitch late in the second half.
City’s number 9 needs time to rediscover his best form but his return is welcome news for Manchester City.
Manchester City have immense depth
With the return of Haaland, Manuel Akanji and John Stones Pep Guardiola finally has a full squad to choose from. Manchester City finally have their full complement available and it opens up more possibilities for Guardiola.
City has incredible depth and it could be a decisive factor in the second half of the season.
Julian Alvarez shows his quality
The win also saw a fine brace from Julian Alvarez. Though no one needed a reminder of his immense quality his performance highlighted how dangerous the Argentine striker is.
Julian Alvarez has shone for Manchester City so far this season. If he can carry his form for the remainder of the season he will be a crucial piece of City’s treble defence.
Steven Mcinerney gives his thoughts on all of the above in the video below.