Mahrez hat-trick inspires five-star City

English Premier League

Manchester City got their Premier League title charge back on track after thrashing Burnley 5-0, with Riyad Mahrez bagging a hat-trick.

Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden dropped to the bench, as Riyad Mahrez and Ferran Torres joined Gabriel Jesus in three-man attack.

Pep Guardiola's charges signalled their intent from the onset, with Riyad Mahrez making no mistake from close range after an error in the Burnley defence.

After spells of domination, Mahrez and City their second goal of the day in the 22nd minute as the Algerian sent a fierce strike Baily Peacock-Farrel from the edge of the box.

It got better for the home side just before the halftime break when Benjamin Mendy bagged his first goal for the club with a first-time finish off Kevin de Bruyne's cross.

Torres got in on the scoring act just after the hour mark with a neat finish in the box after getting on the end of Kyle Walker's low pass.

Mahrez was not to be outdone as he got his hat-trick and the Citizens' fifth goal by heading home a cross from Foden, who had just come on to replace Torres.

The win moves City up to eighth spot in the Premier League standings, six points behind defending champions Liverpool.

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