Manchester City continued their perfect start to the season and remained top of the Premier League table with a 4-0 win against Bournemouth.
Manchester City made it eight wins out of eight in all competitions this season as they easily beat Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium.
Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured City’s eighth successive win, an unprecedented feat for the club at the start of a season since Guardiola took charge.
City were dominant and two clinical counter-attacks led to Kelechi Iheanacho and Raheem Sterling tap-ins.
City’s outstanding De Briuyne was a joy to watch with his passes and movement was a joy to watch at the pitch of play.
The Belgian midfielder, who scored in the win over against Manchester United last week, played behind main striker Iheanacho and was a lot of trouble for the Bournemouth side as he was involved in all his side’s goals before going off to a standing ovation.
Apart from his goal, and his assist for Iheanacho, Sterling was fantastic on the pitch of play. Overall, Sterling has now had a hand in eight goals in his seven appearances for Manchester City this season, scoring three and assisting five. He has clearly benefited from the arrival of Guardiola.
“It was a difficult day,” he said. “Our plan wasn’t to sit as deep as we did first half but we ended up getting trapped with nowhere to go.
“Fair play to them. They were better than us today. But I don’t really look at the result, I look at the performance and overall I was disappointed. I feel we can do better than that.
“We had our moments but didn’t make the most of those opportunities and overall I leave here frustrated with the team.”
“The important thing is we won a game just a few days after a Champions League game. The quality of our players made the difference. I’m very pleased because I know against which team we won. [Joshua] King is a tough, tough striker and their wingers are so fast.
“We played serious again — like a small team without the ball, which is what I like the most because people are so proud when their famous players run without the ball. And with the ball the quality of the players made the difference.”
Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 10 Premier League goals from just 14 shots on target in the competition.
Bournemouth have kept just one clean sheet in their past 14 Premier League games. Jack Wilshere has failed to complete 90 minutes in any of his past 18 Premier League games, last playing a full game in the top flight on 13 September 2014 against Manchester City.
Manchester City play at Swansea twice in a row with an EFL Cup game on Wednesday, 21 September and a league game three days later. Bournemouth host Preston in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, 20 September before a home game in the league against Everton on Saturday, 24 September.