And breathe. Manchester City took control of this seasons title race once more as they found a way to win on the road yet again. This time it was a 1-0 away win at Turf Moor over a hard working and determined Burnley side in nerve-wrecking fashion.
There is no doubt about it that City were the better side once again on the day but such is the nature of this seasons title run-in, it was far from a comfortable victory. A single goal from Sergio Aguero was enough for the Blues to take all three points back to Manchester and now knowing two more wins will see them retain their Premier League trophy.
While City dominated throughout and limited burnley to all but half chances, the tension in Turf Moor could be felt as far as Merseyside. City played their own game and continued to do what all Champions who have come before them do, find a way to win.
In the first half there was plenty of high quality moves and passages being played by the visitors but the likes of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling seemed somewhat out of sync and the predatory Sergio Aguero was working off scraps at times.
coming to the end of the first half, Pep Guardiola seemed to tweak his side to a degree and Sterling ended up playing more centrally with in form Bernardo Silva returning to his familiar position on the right hand side. This is when the game began to swing in the favour of City and there were signs of the current champions beginning to turn the screw ahead of an incredibly important second period.
IF there was some question of doubt about City finding that all important fist goal, then the start of the second half was only a glimpse into the goal-mouth siege that was to come.
Bernardo Silva was first to try his luck when he found himself in a pocket of space in the box when his left footed drive was saved by the palms of Tom Heaton, similar to a strike he had in the first.
Half chances then fell to Sterling and Aguero as Burnley looked to have ten men behind the ball and covering the box at all times, but City wouldn’t be denied for two much longer.
After another high intensity attacking play from the visitors the ball found its way to Aguero who managed to swivel on it with his left foot and hit a rocket past Heaton and onto the chest of Sam Lowton who done his best to clear it but referee Paul Tierney verified that the ball had crossed the line through the technology he was wearing on his wrist, the goal sparked jubilating scenes in the away end and on the City bench.
City then went into auto-pilot mode as they have done many times this season in order to see this game out, and they done it superbly. It now doesn’t really change too much going into the final two games. Two games, two wins and the title will be back in Eastlands for another season.