Pep Wants More Despite Clarets Rout

Pep Wants More Despite Clarets Rout

Pep Guardiola called for his Manchester City side to be even more clinical after thrashing Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium. The Premier League champions eased to victory with goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane but, with only one coming in the first half, Guardiola felt there was room for improvement.

“We had 24 shots – 10 on target,” Guardiola said. “So, we are the best side in Europe in shots but we have to increase our ‘on target’.

“In the first half it was just 1-0 and we created enough chances to score more goals. In the second half we made a good performance.

“All the players make a good performance, especially John (Stones), playing in a position that is not natural for him in the absence of Kyle (Walker). Fernandinho made an extraordinary performance.”

Pep Guardiola also praised record signing Mahrez, who produced the perfect response to his costly late penalty miss in the goalless draw at Liverpool a fortnight ago.

“He played so good at Anfield – that’s why I decided to play him again. He is a talented player and a guy who likes to play with the ball,” he added. “In the box he is a dangerous guy because he can go to the byline or score with his left or his right. He is a good signing for us.”

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