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Haaland on target twice as Man City ease past Burnely

Erling Haaland’s double with Rodri’s strike take Man City to a 3-0 win at Burnley as the striker captured in a heated discussion with Pep Guardiola at half-time.


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Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne went off injured; Rico Lewis was also hit by a lighter thrown from the crowd as the match was full of drama.

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“Unfortunately he is injured again. He said to me it’s a problem in the same position as the Champions League.

He recovered well but now we’ve lost him for a time. We have to reflect and talk to the doctors and the physios. He has to be relaxed, recover and come back. He was feeling really good.”

Manchester City began the defence of their Premier League title with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Turf Moor as Burnley endured a chastening return to the top flight.

Team Insights going into the Match

Burnley handed debuts to James Trafford, Dara O’Shea, Ameen Al-Dakhil, Sander Berge, Zeki Amdouni and Luca Koleosho.

Man City started Rico Lewis, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden, while Jack Grealish was named on the bench.

Ruben Dias and John Stones missed out through injury, while Joao Cancelo was left out of the squad.

Vincent Kompany tried to plot the downfall of the Treble winners and the club where he became an iconic figure as the inspirational captain during their glory years.

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Kompany’s players got an early taste of what will be required this season but this was the most exacting examination of all and, even though they lost, there will still be plenty to encourage them.

Some booing was heard when the players took a knee before kick-off and Burnley removed a fan from Turf Moor after City defender Rico Lewis was struck with an object.

Kompany is not happy as fans boo players taking a knee

“We had chances. We knew it was going to be tough. “We have to take the positives from this game. You can’t feel good with a defeat but I’ve seen enough to show we’ve made progress since the last time we played. This team is only going to get stronger.”

“Of course I can’t be happy with it – the colour of my skin should make clear why.

“The amount of people that booed is a lot less than it used to be and there’s a lot of people that clapped.

“I believe in time and working together. They are part of our family, no matter what, and we have to change the mentality.”


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