Manchester City claimed a 3-1 victory against Burnley, keeping the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool. Star striker Erling Haaland marked his comeback from a two-month injury absence, coming on as a second-half substitute. Julian Alvarez played a pivotal role, scoring two goals in the first half, setting City on the path to their fourth consecutive Premier League win.
Haaland’s return to action, replacing Kevin De Bruyne, added to City’s satisfaction, despite the Norwegian displaying some rustiness in front of goal. The win propelled Pep Guardiola’s side back to second place, with a game in hand over leaders Liverpool. Burnley, managed by former City captain Vincent Kompany, remains in 19th place, seven points from safety.
Alvarez, celebrating his 24th birthday, showcased his prowess with a close-range header and a well-executed free-kick routine from De Bruyne’s pass. Rodri sealed the victory with a goal 24 seconds into the second half, converting Phil Foden’s cut-back.
Despite Burnley’s late consolation goal by Ameen Al-Dakhil, City’s dominance continued with an eighth successive win in all competitions. Haaland’s return and the form of De Bruyne indicate positive momentum as City pursues an unprecedented fourth consecutive league title.