Premier League 2018-19: 3 reasons why Manchester City beat Bournemouth 3-1
Manchester City hosted Bournemouth on Saturday evening at the Etihad Stadium. City came into the game following a 2-2 draw against Lyon in the Champions League. Eddie Howe's Bournemouth had lost all three of their previous Premier League games.
Pep Guardiola rested David Silva and Sergio Aguero for this game. Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez started from the bench. Zinchenko started at left back again and Danilo started on the right back spot for City.
Manchester City took the lead with 15 minutes on the clock. Leroy Sane's shot was saved by Begovic before being hammered home by Bernardo Silva. Towards the end of the first half, Callum Wilson headed past Ederson to make things even. Both teams went into halftime with scores tied at 1-1.
Manchester City wasted no time in taking their lead back. Twelve minutes into the second half, Raheem Sterling struck past Begovic to fire City in front. Ilkay Gundogan's 79th-minute strike sealed the game for the Blues.
Manchester City remains at the top of the table with 38 points. Bournemouth fell to their 4th straight defeat in Premier League for the first time since September 2017. Bournemouth is at 9th spot with 20 points.
We look at three reasons for City's victory.
#3 Manchester City asserted their control at all times and showed intent to score
From the moment referee Stuart Atwell blew his whistle, City were playing with an intent to go ahead. They passed around until they got a good sight at goal. They had to wait only 15 minutes to get their first goal. Bernardo Silva being the scorer.
Once they got the goal, they continued to pass the ball around and look for opportunities. City's wingers ran again and again at Bournemouth's defense with persistence. They were pushed on the back foot for the final five minutes of the first half.
Even without the momentum going towards them, they came out with the same gameplan. Controlling the possession and looking for spaces. Raheem Sterling got City's lead back with only twelve minutes on the clock in the second half. From there on Bournemouth never looked like getting back into the game. Manchester City never got tired of passing around and keeping possession.
They took the game by its scruffs in the second half early. In the absence of experienced players, youngsters showed intent from the moment they stepped on the pitch and ended by winning.