City’s incredible January continued with a thumping 5-0 FA Cup fourth round win over Burnley.
The brilliant Blues opened the scoring through Gabriel Jesus in the first half and turned on the style in the second, inspired by the excellent Kevin De Bruyne, with further goals from Bernardo, De Bruyne, an own goal and a late Sergio Aguero penalty.
The opening 20 minutes saw few chances of any note, with Burnley well organised and defending in numbers.
The best move in the early stages saw Kevin De Bruyne send Kyle Walker scampering into the box to cross low for Bernardo whose shot was well saved by Nick Pope on 16 minutes.
Danilo also saw a powerful drive saved by Pope moments later as City started to take command and the Brazilian would soon play a hand in City breaking the deadlock on 23 minutes.
The stand-in left-back found compatriot Gabriel Jesus on the left of the Clarets’ box and the in-form striker ghosted past Kevin Long and James Tarkowski before drilling a low shot that Pope could only deflect into the roof of the net.
It was his 15th of the season and his tenth goal in cup competitions, pulling him level with Sergio Aguero as the Club’s top scorer
That was about that for a fairly uneventful opening period that the Blues dominated without ever shifting into top gear.
Burnley could – and should – have drawn level within minutes of the re-start after Nicolas Otamendi lost possession to Matej Vydra who, with just Ederson to beat, shot wide of the post.
It was a miss Sean Dyche’s side would live to regret as the Blues doubled their lead just five minutes later.
De Bruyne found Bernardo in the box and the Portuguese cut onto his left foot before sending a powerful drive that took a slight deflection before fizzing past Pope and into the net.
And the tie was effectively put to bed in superb style just past the hour as De Bruyne collected the ball on the edge of the box before teeing himself up and hitting a sweet, unstoppable drive that arrowed in Pope’s bottom left-hand corner before he even saw it.
And De Bruyne completed his man-of-the-match performance on 73 minutes as he got in behind the Burnley defence before hotting a cross that Kevin Long could do little else but fire into the roof of the net – it would be the Belgian’s last act of the game as he was replaced by Phil Foden to a standing ovation.
And Long’s miserable afternoon was complete five minutes from time as he fouled David Siva in the box and Sergio Aguero knocked home his 16th of the season from the resulting penalty.
All in all, not a bad afternoon’s work by the Blues who have been outstanding since the turn of the year.
City go into the FA Cup 5th round and the draw will be made live on BBC 1’s The One Show this Monday evening from approximately 7.20 pm.
It’s back to Premier League action with a trip to Newcastle United on Tuesday and then the Blues take on Arsenal on Sunday 3 February at the Etihad.