The Premier League season kicked off with the return of Erling Haaland, who wasted no time in making his mark. In just 185 seconds, Haaland scored his first goal of the campaign, followed by a second before half-time. While Pep Guardiola gave him a scolding at half-time, the goals, along with one from Rodri, were enough to secure a win for Manchester City over Burnley. This victory was not surprising, as City has dominated Burnley in their previous encounters, winning 12 consecutive matches and scoring 43 goals compared to Burnley’s one.
City’s approach to goal-scoring has shifted, relying more on individual brilliance rather than sharing goals among the team. With a finisher like Haaland, they don’t need to be at their best to secure a win. In his debut season in England, Haaland set records with 52 goals in all competitions, including 36 in the Premier League. And he has started the new season with a brace, displaying his consistency and talent.
The atmosphere at Turf Moor was intense, with a missile being thrown at Rico Lewis and a fan being removed by the police. Substitute Anass Zaroury also received a red card for a dangerous tackle on Kyle Walker. However, these incidents did not deter Haaland, who opened the scoring in just three minutes. His ability to score in crowded boxes is one of his greatest assets, and he showcased this with his second goal, a powerful left-footed curler.
City had to make adjustments after Kevin De Bruyne’s injury, but they still managed to maintain control of the game. Rodri added a third goal after Burnley failed to clear a free kick from Bernardo Silva. While Burnley showed potential with debutant Mohamed Zeki Amdouni, their lone shot on target wasn’t enough to trouble City’s defense, especially with the addition of Josko Gvardiol.
Vincent Kompany, Burnley’s manager, assembled a young team with an average age of 23 years and 306 days. This signifies Burnley’s reinvention during their time in the Championship. Unfortunately for them, Haaland’s second year at City shows promise, indicating that he may continue to be as productive as he was in his debut season.
In conclusion, Haaland’s return to the Premier League is off to a strong start, and Manchester City’s reliance on his goal-scoring abilities has paid off. Despite some challenges from Burnley, City secured a comfortable win and showed their potential for another successful season.