The upbeat perspective of players like Yaya Touré and Fernandinho gives Manchester City supporters clear hopes for the season.
In a post game interview alongside Fernandinho, Touré shrugged off teasing remarks about being tired after playing two weekends in a row. “No! To be honest, I’m really delighted to play. I always want to play. I always want to help my team. And Yeah,” he laughed and wiped his brow, “My wife says I looked much younger.”
“Today was a similar game to Crystal Palace,” explained Touré. “I think we’re managing better. Today was a hard, physical game. We handled it really well and we’re happy for the three points again.”
Fernandinho said, “We expected a physical game. We analysed Burnley before and saw they play just for long balls — play for the second balls and they scored their goal like that — but we turned it around and fortunately we scored two goals and won today.
The Brazilian laughed when complimented for his contribution to City’s second goal, saying that he actually stole the ball off of Leroy Sané's feet on the play. Then, he continued, “I think that is the spirit you need. If you want to be a champion, you have to play this kind of game like this.”