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Pep Guardiola’s squad traveled to Burnley for the first day of the Premier League. The fans at Turf Motor witnessed total control of the Citizens and a great performance by Erling Haaland who started with a brace.
Burnley player ratings:
Trafford 7/10 – despite conceding three goals, prevented the goal difference from being even greater.
Robert 6/10 – won 3 of the 4 individual duels he had, although he lost possession on 6 occasions.
Dakhil 5/10 – won the ball back on four occasions, but lost half of his duels.
O’Shea 5/10 – was responsible for the first goal, after losing half of his aerial duels.
Beyer 5/10 – played 74 minutes before leaving injured, in that time he won 5 of 7 duels.
Vitinho – 5/10 – his presence in defense was not very important, and due to the dominance of the opposing team, he advanced very few times into the opponent’s field.
Cullen 5/10 – his goal was to stop the rival team’s moves in the middle of the field, and he only did it when his team was already 2-0 down.
Berge 5/10 – lost the ground duels but at least he won all the duels. Still lost control of the middle of the court.
Foster 5/10 – the style of play of the opposing team forced him to make a defensive sacrifice and he only shot once off target.
Koleoaho 5/10 – lost all the duels he had and only shot once off target.
Amdouni – came close to scoring he made the only shot on target.
Zaroury 2/10 (red card)
Man City player ratings:
Ederson 7/10 – the Brazilian goalkeeper was only called upon on one occasion and he did a great job of keeping a clean sheet.
Walker 6/10 – due to the defensive scheme of the opposing team, Walker had little opportunity to project himself in attack.
Akanji 6/10 – in the air, he won 80% of the duels he played, blocked one shot, and recovered 2 balls.
Ake 7/10 – despite the few approaches of the opposing team, Nathan Ake was the Citizen defender with the highest participation, he won 7 of the duels he had on the court.
Lewis 6/10 – the boy had little participation, as the opposing team was always on defense.
Rodri 8/10 – in addition to providing the first assist on the goal that opened the scoring, the Spanish player completed a great day with a goal in the second half.
Julián Álvarez 7/10 – the Argentine player was energetic throughout the match. He provided an assist in the first half but then had less participation.
De Bruyne 4/10 – made only six passes in the 23 minutes he was on the pitch and only hit four. He was withdrawn due to injury.
Silva 6/10 – troubled the opposing defense with his mobility on the field. Gave some long passes and crosses.
Haaland 9/10 – last season’s top scorer took only 4 minutes to score his first goal this year. After half an hour he scored his second.
Foden 6/10 – Phil Foden made some key passes and crosses, but wasn’t very special.
Kovacic 7/10 – had 95% accuracy in his passes.
Player of the match: Erling Haaland
As in the previous season, the Norwegian striker started with everything and we are already his first brace of the year. His presence in and out of the box disarrayed the rival defense, and despite the tight marking of the rival defenders, he found the spaces to do damage.
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