Manchester City extended their record-breaking run of wins in the Premier League to 17 straight thanks to an easy 4-0 win over AFC Bournemouth at the Etihad. The Blues were in complete control for the entire 90 minutes and found the goals to get another victory. This team just cannot be stopped at the moment.
Because of injuries to key and the fact they were playing at the Etihad, Bournemouth decided to not play their usual attacking style and played a 5-4-1 formation designed to stay compact in defense and trying to create chances on the counter. The counters never came, however, so the Cherries spent almost the entire first period in their own half.
City were very good in possession, with the players always on the move and making smart runs around the box. But unlike we’ve seen all season, the Blues lacked precision in the final third, unable to play a good final ball to find the forwards. They managed to do it once, though, when Fernandinho played a great ball into the head of Sergio Agüero who was alone in the box and put City ahead.
Bournemouth were finally able to get some attacks going after conceding, and they came dangerously close in a few occasions where the City defense looked a bit shaky, but Ederson was able to keep his clean sheet.
At halftime, a good performance from City needed them to improve in front of goal, and Pep Guardiola had some work to do for the second half.
City continued to dominate the game to start the final period, but they looked a lot better in the final third and began to find gaps in the Bournemouth defense. Just eight minutes in, a long passing sequence ended with a lovely first time ball from Agüero through to Raheem Sterling, who was alone in front of the keeper and couldn’t miss.
With a two-goal lead against a side struggling to get anything going, City were in position to get another big win at home. They didn’t really go for it, but the Blues kept the ball so much that they eventually got another goal when Bernardo Silva put in a perfect cross for Agüero’s second header on the night.
There was still time for one more goal for the Blues when Sterling found Danilo, and the Brazilian scored his first goal for the club with a really nice finish. With another four-goal win in the bag, City just passed the ball around until the final whistle came.
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph (Danilo); De Bruyne (Gundogan), Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané (Bernardo)
Goals: Agüero (27’, 79’), Sterling (53’), Danilo (85’)
Bournemouth: Begovic; Smith, Cook, Aké, Simpson (Mousset), Fraser; Ibe, Gosling, Surman, Stanislas (Pugh); Wilson (Afobe)