City show resilience

In away game against Bournemouth City started game with Otamendi, Stones as center backs, Bernardo, Sterling as wingers and Gundogan as deepest midfielder, From start of the game City controlled ball but struggled to create anything with it Bournemouth played extremely defensive 5-4-1 and tried to don’t allow City overload wide areas with playing five defenders. Biggest problem for City was David Silva poor form and as result his combinations with Sterling on left didn’t work and often last pass was bad. On right Bernardo struggled to create anything his lack of pace made attacks predictable and slow most City attacks ended with crosses from De Bruyne and others to isolated Aguero. At around 20 minute did make first good combination of game after Bernardo pass to De Bruyne behind defenders back after which KDB made cut back to free David Silva around 13-15 meters but his shot was weak and wide. For rest of first half City possession was sterile and predictable in last minutes of first half De Bruyne got injury and was substituted for Mahrez. Immediately after break Kompany came for injured Stones. City continued to enjoy most of possession and eventually after combination between Zinchenko and David Silva Mahrez scored goal in near corner. Bournemouth opened up after conceding goal but struggled to create even half chance. City had numerous opportunities to score second goal on counter attacks but failed with last action. In one moment Sterling had 1vs1 opportunity after Bernardo through ball but his shot at near post was saved by keeper. After that Sterling attempt to bypass keeper and score in empty net was intercepted by keeper which was followed up by Mahrez volley outside penalty box in empty net that was off mark. Sergio Aguero long lob shot behind keeper back hit post after home team keeper Boruc made touch that changed trajectory. Boruc made another great save after header from Mahrez from corner inside six penalty box. Bournemouth made long balls until end of game that didn’t create anything. Home team didn’t made one shot in game and didn’t have one corner, City defensively totally controlled the game. This wasn’t best City performance and team looked tired after tough schedule, but they did get important win. After Liverpool draw against Everton, Manchester club are top of the PL table and destiny of title are in Guardiola team hands.


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