Sergio Aguero scored a quick fire double as Manchester City opened up the fourth leg of a potential quadruple with a hard-fought comeback victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men trailed to an Ashley Barnes strike following a bad error from John Stones before Aguero struck twice — assisted on both occasions by Ilkay Gundogan.
David Silva then set up a third goal for Leroy Sane before substitute Bernardo Silva wrapped up the scoring.
Aguero fired home after 56 minutes with City’s first shot on target after Gundogan found him with a quickly-taken free-kick, and then benefited from a backheel by the same player before rounding Nick Pope to score.
Sane, whose shooting and crossing had been wayward most of the afternoon, then justified Guardiola’s decision to keep him on the pitch by sliding in a third goal from an acute angle. He then set up recently-arrived Bernardo towards the end.
It kept the Premier League leaders on course to win all four major trophies this season and there was a poignant standing ovation for Silva after 21 minutes – his shirt number – as a show of support following the birth of his premature baby.
Guardiola named a strong Manchester City XI despite being in the middle of a run of 16 matches in 59 days, with the Champions League to follow after that.
Despite having most of the possession, they lacked their usual zip and sparkle without Kevin De Bruyne and the only first-half scares for Pope were a free-kick from Gundogan on the edge of the box that hit Burnley’s wall and a shot from Oleksandr Zinchenko that skimmed the roof of the net.
In contrast, Burnley looked a threat on the rare occasions they broke forward though they should give Stones the assist for taking the lead after 25 minutes.
City continue to win regardless of the competition. Next is Bristol City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday.