Manchester City 5 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
June 22 2020
Project restart proved a false start for the Clarets on a tough night at the Etihad Stadium. Facing Manchester City first up after a 107-day absence from competitive action due to the Covid-19 shutdown was always going to be a daunting task.
And that job was made even harder with Burnley boss Sean Dyche stripped of a handful of senior players and forced to name teenagers Max Thompson and Bobby Thomas, along with two goalkeepers, on his bench.
Even at full strength, the Clarets have suffered at City in recent seasons.
And so it was perhaps no surprise that the defending champions, already into their second game of the delayed run-in, were able to comfortably extend their unbeaten home league run against the Clarets to 16 matches once they had struck twice just before the break to lead 3-0 at half time.
On a warm evening in the surreal atmosphere of a behind-closed-doors fixture, with no supporters present to cajole or congratulate, Burnley did their best not to wilt.
But against such odds - and upset by the sight of a plane carrying the offensive message 'White Lives Matter Burnley' in apparent opposition to the anti-discrimination message the players are working so hard to promote - they fought a losing battle.
David Silva added to the pain with a fourth goal and Phil Foden then matched Riyad Mahrez’s first-half double as City went on to match the two 5-0 home wins they recorded against the Clarets last season.
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