Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne scored in each half as Manchester City eased to a 2-0 victory over a spirited Burnley at the Etihad Stadium.
Premier League champions City had beaten Burnley 5-0 in each of their last four home matches against the Clarets but made hard work of this latest encounter.
Silva converted a close-range rebound to give City the lead on 12 minutes, but the floodgates did not open as they have done previously, and they needed De Bruyne’s third goal of the season 20 minutes from time to seal the three points which lifts them up to second in the table.
Things may have been different for Burnley had Maxwel Cornet and Josh Brownhill converted chances to equalise before De Bruyne’s strike, but despite failing to claim a first victory of the season, Sean Dyche’s side can take heart from the performance into the challenges ahead.
Manchester City needed just 12 minutes to break the deadlock. Phil Foden’s drive from the edge of the box proved too hot for Clarets’ goalkeeper Nick Pope to handle and Silva rifled in the rebound from all of three yards.
Given their recent history at the Etihad, Burnley would have been forgiven for fearing the floodgates would open but were indebted to Pope who prevented Joao Cancelo volleying in a quick-fire second from De Bruyne’s lofted diagonal on the quarter-hour mark.