Manchester City on Sunday defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium. A Sergio Aguero brace and a Raheem Sterling goal helped the Blues overcome a stubborn Bournemouth side which gave a few troubles to the blues. And yes, the much-controversial VAR made its presence felt once again and it was for all the wrong reasons, yet again! Although the Etihad Stadium faithful would feel comfortable with the win, each and every Blue would know that there were some phases where Man City looked uncomfortable against the Cherries. Here’s five things I learned from the game…
Start preparing for life after ‘El Mago’ David Silva!
David Silva was at his brilliant best against Bournemouth. The silky magician gave all sorts of problems to Bournemouth with his delicate touches and ability to tick the game in tight spaces. Making his 400th appearance for City, Silva gave a phenomenal assist to Raheem Sterling and that final pass caps up how important Silva becomes when defences are stubborn in front of the Premier League champions.
The phenom called Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian maestro became the fastest player to notch up 50 Premier League assists surpassing the long-standing record of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil. KDB achieved the feat in just 123 appearances while the former Real Madrid man had taken 141 matches to reach the landmark. He was fluent with his passing and looked threatening every time he had the ball near the penalty box. Even though it was not his best game in regards to the final pass, the Belgian showed his mere presence is enough to threaten the opposition in the final third of the pitch.
Benjamin Mendy needs to be fit ASAP!
Oleksandr Zinchenko has arguably been Man City’s most improved player in the last couple of season. From fighting for a place in the match-day squad to be a regular in the playing XI, the Ukrainian has come a long way. He was brilliant last season and he has been continuously brilliant for the Blues but every City fan knows that the team misses an out and out left-back and Mendy’s presence could make this team complete. He had a couple of brain-dead moments in the match in what was a cold outing from Zinchenko in some time.
Manchester City – still far from perfection
Even though Pep Guardiola was left impressed after the match against Tottenham Hotspur, the outing against Bournemouth would be an eye-opener for the Spaniard. The Blues dominated the ball but were constantly given scare by the aggressive pressing of the Cherries. The midfield looked a bit shaky in the absence of Rodri and Fernandinho. However, Gundogan did nothing wrong but lacked the solid presence of Rodri and Fernandinho. Even the passing by the Cityzens looked a bit sloppy during a few transitions and that could hurt the Blues when they are facing some of the biggest clubs in the UEFA Champions League. The team still needs some polishing before they embark on the journey of winning the European trophy.
Agüero the king of England!
Make Sergio Aguero the king of England already! Even though some of the English cricket fans would disagree after witnessing the heroics of Ben Stokes on Sunday, there is no doubt that Aguero has been the best striker in England in the last decade. Arsenal fans will come hunting down by bringing up the name of the great Thierry Henry but the level of consistency Aguero has shown in the sky blue colour is simply outrageous. His outing against Bournemouth was no less and the Argentine was at his lethal best to give Man City, what was a hard-earned victory, with a brace of the highest quality. Some of the Liverpool fans would bring up the name of Mohamed Salah but they need to pipe down as the Egyptian still needs to emulate what Aguero has been doing for Man City for a decade now, forget the Premier League medals.
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