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Looking Ahead to the Manchester City v Bournemouth Game

05 December, 2018, 06:00 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates after Raheem Sterling scores their second goal against Bournemouth on Saturday

City was without record scorer Sergio Aguero because of muscle fatigue - the striker was pictured drinking tea in a corporate box during the match - while manager Pep Guardiola started David Silva and Riyad Mahrez on the bench and rested defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker completely.

Sterling was recently the subject of intense speculation linking him with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu but Guardiola believes his club's ability to tie pivotal personnel down to fresh contracts means the threat of losing such talent is no longer as potent.

There have been no public updates since but, with the 22-year-old already committed until 2021, City boss Guardiola insists there is no rush.

"Right now, I'm not quite sure", Guardiola said when asked about the availability of Aguero, who has eight Premier League goals this season.

"I've been training really hard, maybe that's why I felt something in my groin last week", Jesus said.

It seemingly needs a sleepy start to a game to jolt Manchester United's players into action these days.

"The last info I had was that it's going well but the process is not one day - Raheem Sterling it was not one day". They have weathered injuries to Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Aguero - as they should have given the scale of their investment over the past decade. "Hopefully he can stay here for many years". But, the Citizen coach is not anxious about that and asks him to relax and keep helping Manchester City to win.




"It is another reality how the people attack our team, it's completely different here for the way they play".

"So it's not because we play more games than the others".

Ilkay Gundogan tapped in Leroy Sane's cross for the crucial third goal for City in the 79th as the leaders won a sixth straight game.

City head into the match sporting a slender two point lead over second placed Liverpool with both teams unbeaten after fourteen league games.

They have been able to maintain a remarkable level of consistency, with Guardiola able to bring the best out of those at his disposal.

They were still not completely safe and Wilson nearly bundled in from close range following a long throw, but Gundogan put the matter beyond doubt 11 minutes from time. "There are many reasons", Guardiola said. "I think he was incredible last season, he played a lot of games because we had just one left winger, and he had an incredible season, but we'll see".

"We haven't been outplayed for many moments of the game. It's just the key moments where we haven't been clinical".

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