This latest incarnation of Manchester Metropolis is 10 actually good footballers and the opposite bloke who does issues across the field that can resolve extra vital video games than this one.
No, not Erling Haaland. Kevin De Bruyne. Comfortably Europe’s finest midfielder for some time now, Metropolis are creating a fair higher model.
Extra objectives than ever and, it appears, the key beneficiary of Haaland’s introduction into this astonishing group.
Manchester Metropolis’s Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring as he fired previous Mark Travers
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3) Ederson, Walker (Lewis 820, Dias (Stones 64), Ake, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan (Silva 65), Mahrez, Haaland (Alvarez 74), Foden (Grealish 45)
SUBS: Stones, Grealish, Alverez, Silva, Lewis
GOALS: Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Lerma OG
AFC BOURNEMOUTH (3-4-2-1) Travers, Kelly, Lerma, Mepham, Stacey, Pearson, Prepare dinner (Billing 64), Smith, Christie (Stanislas 63), Travenier (Sensesi 80), Moore (Lowe 90)
SUBS: Lowe, Stanislas, Senesi, Billing
BOOKED: Mepham, Stacey and Mepham
REFEREE: David Coote
Metropolis are, inside motive, letting De Bruyne do what he desires for the time being, be it carrying possession from deep or whipping crosses from the fitting.
He wanders off to the left, to Phil Foden’s delight when latching onto a via ball that nutmegged poor Chris Mepham and went in through two deflections as Metropolis scored their third seven minutes earlier than half-time.
By that time, this was throughout. Bournemouth – closely praised by Guardiola beforehand – decamped to their very own field proper from the off, conceded territory and hoped to stay compact sufficient to frustrate the champions but class instructed slightly shortly.
Forward inside 19 minutes via Ilkay Gundogan, and with fairly a couple of possibilities earlier than then, Metropolis swatted away newly promoted opposition with minimal fuss.
Fairly much less emotional than his final objective in entrance of the Etihad Stadium’s South Stand on that dramatic Could afternoon, Gundogan’s opener was a product of Haaland.
The Norwegian hadn’t really touched the ball till then but got here to life when holding off two challenges, rolling two defenders to finish a one-two and help for Gundogan who did the remainder.
That’s what Metropolis are getting from Haaland. He is not going to be concerned for lengthy spells – and the striker not touching it for nearly 20 minutes on this group, with this quantity of domination, does really feel weird on the floor – however when he’s, they click on.
Gundogan celebrates his first Premier League objective of the season towards Bournemouth
Kevin de Bruyne scored Manchester Metropolis’s second objective of the sport with an awesome effort
Phil Foden made it three for Manchester Metropolis within the first-half as he netted within the thirty seventh minute
He will probably be often occupied by not less than two males and was forcefully barged off the ball by Jefferson Lerma seconds earlier than the transfer that manufactured Metropolis’s benefit.
Groups can’t afford to pay him an excessive amount of extra consideration than the remainder although as a result of give De Bruyne this a lot freedom and he’ll simply take video games away on his personal.
He barely wasted a move, finishing 98 per cent of his passes by the point they had been off for a second drinks break with round 20 minutes to go. He’s dribbling with objective and left with a objective and an help.
Summer time signing Erling Haaland failed to seek out the brand new for Manchester Metropolis towards the Cherries
Final season’s 19 strikes had been probably the most spectacular numbers of his profession and people will solely enhance this time on account of what Haaland brings.
Haaland once more bounced off a few markers on midway within the build-up to De Bruyne’s objective, which noticed Bournemouth backing off and permitting him to curve with the skin of his boot into the far nook on 31 minutes. Foden’s lucky third
Mark Travers, who had earlier denied Foden when De Bruyne threaded the needle, made a sensible cease to disclaim the Belgian a second, earlier than he then fired over from the sting of Bournemouth’s field.
There was concern over Jack Grealish who harm his ankle however he was capable of keep on
Parker will probably be buoyed by how the Cherries managed to include the Premier League champions a bit of extra readily after the break, though Guardiola’s facet had lengthy swapped sprints for jobs and simply stored recycling the ball.
Haaland departed with out scoring, going shut on three events, whereas Lerma put via his personal web following good work by Joao Cancelo.
One other full again, 17-year-old Rico Lewis, was afforded a debut after impressing on their pre-season tour and there was a protracted, and pointed, refrain of Bernardo Silva’s title when the little Portuguese was launched from the bench. Barcelona discovering a couple of million quid down the again of the couch may be the one factor that may break Guardiola’s August.
Pep Guardiola celebrates Manchester Metropolis’s efficiency towards Bournemouth