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Sergio Aguero becomes City’s joint top scorer as leaders move 5 points clear

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Manchester City continued their emphatic start to the season with another 3-0 win at home to Burnley. Sergio Kun Aguero became the Club’s joint top scorer after he converted from the spot to score his 177th goal for city , equalling club legend Erik Brook.

After struggling to find a way past Nick Pope for the majority of the first half, the league leaders finally burst into life late in the second half to make it eleven consecutive wins, which equals their club record.

Burnley proved tough opponents amid torrential rain for Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing side but late goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane secured another three points for the citizens.

Aguero had earlier converted a penalty in the first half after Nick Pope bought down Bernardo Silva inside the box. It was his first goal since breaking a rib in a car crash three weeks ago.

Burnley made City work for the points and that was exactly what they did, securing victory only in the final quarter and playing impressively without putting on a show. It was entertaining enough on a wet and windy day, and as most people in the crowd were following the score in Manchester United’s game, absolutely no one was complaining.

“If people think they are going to see five-zero scores every week that’s not going to happen,” Pep Guardiola said. “Some matches are more difficult. Burnley have great physicality and a strong work ethic, and coming into such a game after playing in the Champions League makes life complicated.”

Burnley initially came out fighting for the second half and managed to put some pressure on the City goal, though they probably realised it was not going to be their afternoon when penalty appeals against Fabian Delph were waved away, the defender having kicked the ball against his own arm in attempting a clearance.

That impression was finally confirmed when City scored their second goal from a set piece. After their early flurry of attacking intent Burnley had reverted to keeping every man except Ashley Barnes behind the ball in an attempt to make City’s life more difficult, a plan that was working until Leroy Sané swung over a corner from the left and Otamendi outjumped Ben Mee at the far post to place a firm header downwards. Even then Burnley had a man on the post to deal with such an eventuality, but Steven Defour could not move his feet quickly enough and the ball trickled past him.

There was clearly no coming back from that and just to make sure De Bruyne took advantage of the only time Burnley lost their shape by slipping Sané into miles of space for a third goal two minutes later.

There could have been more: Sané, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus missed late chances to boost the City goal difference still further, but the scoreline was already emphatic enough. Even on a day when rain continually poured from the greyest of Manchester skies, City never came close to slipping up.