After a frustrating 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur last week, Manchester City were looking to bounce back instantly with a trip to Bournemouth. As for the Cherries, they entered the game on the same amount of points (4) as the champions, having beaten Aston Villa last week.
Pep Guardiola’s men came out all guns blazing, looking to overload Bournemouth’s box with as many bodies as possible. Their pressure soon paid off, as Sergio Agüero opened the scoring in the 34th minute. The lead was soon doubled as David Silva put through Raheem Sterling to poke past Aaron Ramsdale. Despite not really being in the game, the Cherries were able to get on the scoresheet through a Harry Wilson freekick just before half time. However, Agüero would extend City’s lead again in the 64th minute and seal all three points for the Champions.
Here are five talking points from Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
#5 Bournemouth promising in glimpses
Whether it is an opinion or a fact, Eddie Howe doesn’t get enough credit for the work he’s done at Bournemouth. Lest we forget, the Englishman took over the club when they were in League One and has led them all the way to the mid-table of the Premier League. Now the fans are looking to see if the Cherries can reach the next level in perhaps a push for a Europa League berth. Four points from two games was a good start but the visit of the champions proved to be one step too far. Howe’s men were dominated in the first half with City firmly in control.
It was at the turn of the second half where we saw the best of Bournemouth. They swarmed Guardiola’s men in packs of three, not giving them any space on the ball. But it wasn’t just headless pressing, it was coordinated and designed to eradicate the flaws of the first half showing.
In those ten minutes after the break, the Cherries were in control and should have levelled the game. The pressure from the Cherries was so high that Guardiola had to change personnel in midfield. Although they lost 3-1, Bournemouth produced 10 shots, won 14 aerials and completed 173 passes against the champions of England.