Manchester, England (AP) — Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne scored goals as Manchester City claimed a battling victory 2-0 against Burnley at the English Premier League on Saturday.
City’s players weren’t at their best when the club’s manager Pep Guardiola announced the change in the first game following the international break. However, they were able to secure a traditional home victory over the Clarets who had been beaten five times in their last four visits to Etihad Stadium.
Silva put City in the right direction to win within the 12th minute of the game, hitting the ball in from close distance following Phil Foden’s goal being saved Nick Pope.
De Bruyne made sure of the win in the 70th minute, after pouncing on a ball that was bouncing around in the box to sweep with a left-footed strike.
The visitors were disappointed that Riyad Mahrez slapped Ashley Westwood in the area when City struck, but no response was offered the ball. De Bruyne thumped home unerringly.
City was, who began the day in third position was a point ahead of Liverpool which defeated Watford earlier by a score of 5-0.
Raheem Sterling played the entire match as the City’s main striker just two days after he said that he was interested in being let go of the club for more playing time.