When Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth faced off for the first time back in September, it was not even close to a competitive match. The Sky Blues easily beat the Cherries 4-0 with a dominant performance, and given Bournemouth's recent league record (one win in six), one could assume it'll be a similar match this time.
But Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere, who's enjoying a very good season at Bournemouth, claims that his team is ready to play City, although he knows how good Pep Guardiola's side is.
"You see a world-class team," Wilshere said. "A few results went against them recently, but we saw when we played them earlier on in the season that they are a great team who can open up teams if they play to the best of each player's ability.
"They are a big handful and we have to be ready for that and learn from our mistakes in the last game, try and stop them from attacking and maybe create something ourselves."
Bournemouth is one of the few sides in the Premier League that doesn't play the "traditional English style", despite having an English manager in charge. Eddie Howe is a fan of playing on the front foot and not relying on long balls and physicality to win matches, but their attacking brand of football can hurt them if teams are able to counter attack.
According to Wilshere, that was the problem against City in their first encounter, and the Cherries need to limit their mistakes to have a chance in this game.
"We looked back at the game this week, like we always do, and a lot of their goals came from counterattacks. They have a lot of pace in their team, a lot of creativity and they want to hit teams on the counter.
"So we need to be ready for that. The first goal last time came from a corner and we have to look at that and we can't let that happen again, we have to learn from our mistakes. I think we are a better team than we was back then, so I am sure we will be a little bit more ready this time."
Source: Sky Sports
Bournemouth played some amazing matches against the big Premier League teams this season, and if Wilshere's right, they'll do the same against City. It'll be fun.