Raheem Sterling's miss of season allows Burnley to hold leaders City

by Steven Clarke February 5, 2018, 0:45
Raheem Sterling's miss of season allows Burnley to hold leaders City

They did not press constantly but picked their moments well, and contributed to the swing of momentum in the second half which helped Burnley equalise late on through Johann Berg Gudmundsson's superb volley. We needed to score the second, third and fourth when we had the chance. City stretched their lead at the top too by another point before Manchester United beat Huddersfield to narrow the deficiency to 13 points. City now have 69 points from 26 games.

However, with Manchester City due to play Basel in the Champions League in 10 days' time, the absence of David Silva, John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane would be a worry.

City went ahead when a short corner was worked to Danilo and, enjoying plenty of space, the Brazilian unleashed an unstoppable drive from outside the area. He's an absolutely incredible manager and the work he has done with this team is unbelievable and the team performance is absolutely outstanding.

Danilo put in the first goal for the visitors in the 22nd minute when he ripped a right footed shot from outside the box.

In fact, they've already started doing just that with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window.

"But I don't want to individualise because the attacking players have so much quality, I have on the bench Rashford and Martial to bring into the game, they have so much quality I think is easy and in the future will be even easier for them to enjoy together".

The Portuguese boss has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad with rivals manchester City splashing the cash at every opportunity.

The Chilean former Arsenal and FC Barcelona star, who had been awarded a penalty try, missed out on his initial chance from the 12-yard mark but put the deflected ball home.

"But football is about goals. We have to make sure we finish games a little earlier next time".

Fellaini lasted just seven minutes during United's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday after coming on as a second-half substitute and nearly immediately hobbling off. I think we played really well.

But whereas Pep Guardiola's big-money outfit have swept all before them, Burnley refused to buckle. "1-1 is a great result for us", he said after the match.

"Today they got what they fought for". City is a top class side. That changed the feeling, the stadium erupted, everyone came with us.


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