Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth

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Manchester City needed to work arduous to see off a decided Bournemouth facet earlier than Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured the win that sends them 5 factors clear on the prime of the Premier League.
City's victory maintains their 100% residence document within the league this season, with eight wins out of eight, however this newest triumph was not as easy because the scoreline may counsel.
All gave the impression to be going to plan for Pep Guardiola's facet when Bernardo Silva smashed them forward early on, with the Portuguese midfielder following up after Asmir Begovic had denied Leroy Sane.
However the residence facet, with David Silva on the bench and prime scorer Sergio Aguero absent altogether after he complained of a muscle discomfort, relaxed just a little an excessive amount of earlier than half-time and have been deservedly punished.
To the displeasure of the house followers, the Cherries got far an excessive amount of time and area to construct outdoors the field and Simon Francis swung in an ideal cross for Callum Wilson to rise and head residence.
Bournemouth threatened once more after half-time when King's looping cross nearly dropped in on the far publish, whereas City appeared surprisingly wanting urgency or inspiration.
It was Sterling who provided the spark they have been lacking, to proceed his outstanding run of scoring towards the Cherries.
The England ahead adopted up after Begovic may solely parry Danilo's low shot and Nathan Ake didn't clear, firing into the roof of the web for his 10th purpose in seven video games towards the Cherries.
Bournemouth, seeking to keep away from a fourth successive defeat, didn't lie down and a few harmful balls into the field ensured some nervous moments for the Etihad devoted.
It took Gundogan's close-range end to ensure of the factors with 11 minutes remaining, with the spectacular Sane offering the help with a exact pull-back.
"[Bournemouth] are a superb facet, so sturdy up entrance, so we couldn't press," Guardiola mentioned. "They performed lengthy balls, attacked the channels. They have been taller than us and stronger than us.
"Within the final 20 minutes we have been flat, we didn't have the rhythm we would have liked. Successful that manner, we suffered lots within the first half, particularly within the final 20 minutes. That's the reason I'm delighted to win in that manner."
That is the beginning of a punishing six-week schedule that sees Metropolis play 13 video games within the area of 44 days, together with each midweek and weekend in December.
So it was maybe not shocking that Guardiola selected to shuffle his squad, with 5 modifications from the midweek draw with Lyon. Though the omission of Aguero was compelled upon him.
With seven targets in his previous 10 video games, the Argentina striker has been in prolific type in current weeks, and he was the participant Metropolis missed greater than most right here.
Guardiola revealed he may as soon as once more be with out his main striker for subsequent Tuesday's match at Watford.
"I do not know if Aguero shall be match," the Spaniard mentioned. "We'll see. I base my selections on docs, physios, intuition and what I see."
Earlier than Saturday, Metropolis's assault had been much more deadly than the identical stage final season, with extra photographs and photographs on the right track than in 2017-18.
However their assaults have been unusually wanting an finish product for nearly an hour of this sport, and the house crowd have been starting to voice their frustration till Sterling struck.

'Sterling is the very best participant within the Premier League proper now'

Former England and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas hailed Metropolis's midfielder following his distinctive show on Saturday.
"We thought final season he was completely excellent and he is kicked on once more," Jenas informed BBC's Match of the Day.
"There was no Sergio Aguero in any respect at present, no David Silva, from the beginning - gamers the workforce would flip to. Sterling has now grow to be one in every of them.
"He appears to take pleasure in it - he grabbed the sport by the scruff of the neck within the second half. He drove on the defence, he put the concern into defenders.
"He is the very best participant within the Premier League proper now - the way in which he's taking part in, I do not assume anyone will dispute that."

Bournemouth get their game-plan proper

Bournemouth had been overwhelmed closely on every of their three earlier visits to the Etihad, conceding a complete of 13 targets.
However Cherries boss Eddie Howe did a lot better along with his method this time, along with his facet nicely organised on the again and steadily breaking ahead dangerously too.
"I believe it's the closest we've got come [to matching Manchester City at the Etihad]," Howe mentioned.
"I do not know if it's the finest we've got carried out. I nonetheless do not assume we've got totally delivered a efficiency that we're actually able to right here however assume that's the closest we've got come."
That they had already acquired in some good positions with out discovering the proper closing ball when Wilson rose to energy his header residence, and continued to look harmful with the rating at 1-1.
Metropolis are the one Premier League workforce to not have dropped any factors this season from successful positions, however that state of affairs appeared a definite risk till Sterling struck.
Even then, the Cherries didn't crumble. 4 successive defeats have taken the shine off Bournemouth's sturdy begin to the season, however this efficiency ought to give them some perception that they'll keep within the prime half of the desk.
"I believe we restricted them by way of clear minimize probabilities at present and I believe the targets got here at unhealthy occasions for us however do not assume we appeared too susceptible," Howe added.
"Sure, they'd plenty of the ball nevertheless it was in entrance of us and we have been pleased with that. However we had some good moments on the counter assault and plenty of alternatives from set-pieces.
"There have been simply a few moments that simply went towards us - it is the closest we've got come."

Man of the match - Leroy Sane (Man Metropolis)

Concerned in two of Metropolis's three targets and solely denied one himself by Asmir Begovic's excellent late cease, the German winger's need didn't dip even when his facet let Bournemouth again within the sport.
His all-round action-packed show was epitomised by his sprint again to dispossess Joshua King because the Cherries threatened on the break.
Former Premier League midfielder Danny Murphy on MOTD:
Sane was unimaginable to look at, possibly he is had some extent to show, there have been query marks over his character and character. What I noticed is a participant who's hungry, working arduous each methods. He is devastating.
He has the need to work arduous, that is what Pep desires. Bournemouth could not deal with him. He was too good for them. We've eulogised over so many Metropolis gamers however I needed to decide him out. He is so younger there may be extra to come back, it's unimaginable. He was incredible.

Sane's spark for Metropolis - the stats

  • Metropolis have now gone 20 video games unbeaten within the Premier League (W17 D3) since a 2-Three defeat by Manchester United in April
  • Bournemouth are but to win a League match towards Man Metropolis. In 13 conferences they've drawn twice and misplaced 11 occasions
  • For the reason that begin of final season, Man Metropolis's Leroy Sane has offered extra assists within the Premier League than every other participant with 20
  • Raheem Sterling grew to become the primary Premier League participant to attain in his first six appearances for a membership towards a single opponent
  • Bournemouth's Callum Wilson has been straight concerned in 12 targets in his final 15 Premier League appearances (eight targets, four assists)
  • Man Metropolis's Bernardo Silva has been straight concerned in six targets in his final eight Premier League video games (three targets, three assists)

What's subsequent?

Metropolis journey to Watford on Tuesday (20:00 GMT) in search of their seventh successive Premier League win.
Bournemouth host Huddersfield on the identical night time (19:45) in search of their first league victory since 27 October.
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