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Sterling double helps Manchester City bounce back from Leicester thumping

Kevin Long started for Burnley, but Jimmy Dunne was an unused sub following James Tarkowski’s return.

Raheem Sterling scores for Manchester City against Burnley despite the best efforts of Irish international Kevin Long.
Raheem Sterling scores for Manchester City against Burnley despite the best efforts of Irish international Kevin Long.
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FERRAN TORRES SCORED his first Manchester City goal as the Carabao Cup holders got back on track with a 3-0 win against Burnley that sent them into the quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola’s side suffered their heaviest home Premier League defeat under the Spaniard on Sunday when Leicester City handed them a humiliating 5-2 defeat.

A brace from Raheem Sterling at Turf Moor ensured they washed away some of that bitter taste from that defeat and Spanish forward Torres, a close-season signing from Valencia, added City’s third goal.

City have won the competition four times in the last five seasons and they remain on course to retain the trophy. Guardiola’s men would have won by an even bigger scoreline but for a fine display from Burnley keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne both started in a strong City side that also included Riyad Mahrez and a debut for 18-year-old midfielder Cole Palmer.

Sterling made the breakthrough 10 minutes before the interval with a powerful strike from Benjamin Mendy’s cross. The City forward doubled his tally on 49 minutes, finishing off a good move involving De Bruyne and Torres.

City put the result beyond doubt in the 65th minute when Sterling failed to control a Mahrez pass and the ball ran through for the 20-year-old Torres to slam past Peacock-Farrell.

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