Manchester City continued their impressive form with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday.
City came into this match on the back of 12 successive victories in all competitions and extending that run was never in doubt as they took the lead after three minutes.
Bernardo Silva’s effort was palmed straight into Gabriel Jesus’ path by Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and the Brazil international re-adjusted his body to head in from close range.
Burnley, who this season have record victories away at Arsenal and Liverpool, rarely threatened as the in-form visitors expertly kept them at bay.
City extended their lead and effectively put the game to bed on 38 minutes when Raheem Sterling finished off from close range following a lovely team move.
Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan combined down the right side before Germany international played the ball into the box for Sterling to tap home.
City comfortably saw out the second half and moved three points clear of second-place Manchester United with a game in hand ahead of a trip Anfield to face champions Liverpool on Sunday.
“We were lucky to score early and after the first half we struggled a bit to break the lines,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.
“The second half was much better. The start of the second half was the best and in the last 15-20 minutes we just passed the ball with no intention to attack to save energy.”
That energy will certainly be needed for a crucial run of games starting with the match against Liverpool before a home encounter with Tottenham Hotspur and a trip to Arsenal.
“It is the same points, but against a [title] contender,” Guardiola said of Sunday’s match.
“At the end the aim is to be champion. Against teams lower in the table people can say it’s guaranteed but we know how difficult it is,” added the Spaniard.
“Now comes another tough, tough group of games. Today we enjoy the game, have good food and tomorrow we start to think about Liverpool.”