Manchester City go to the southern coast of England and beat the cherries 1-0. Riyad Mahrez fresh off the bench hit the only goal of the game.
The Algerian came on as a first-half sub for the injured Kevin De Bruyne to score a much needed winner ten minutes after the half to send City top for at least 24 hours.
The Cherries failed to register a single shot on target and if not for keeper Artur Boruc, would have been pummeled by City’s forwards. Zinchenko was of particular good form today as well.
A win was achieved. We roll.
On to the reaction:
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“John (came off as a) precaution.
@DeBruyneKev has a little muscular problem, he may be out for a while - hamstring. When they play 25 games in 92 days it doesn’t give them time to recover.”
“We made one of best performances ever since we’ve been together. We didn’t concede one shot on target and defended so well. So delighted. Thank you to the players.”
Riyad Mahrez Reaction
“We defended very well, they didn’t have too many chances, so it was the perfect afternoon and perfect game for us,” said Mahrez.
“We did a very good first half. The second was good as well but the most important thing was to avoid chances for them on the counter-attack.
“That’s what we did, and we are happy, and we’ll take it.
”We had to be very patient. We know we can always create chances – so we just need to be patient and move the ball quickly and then if we can find some space we can score.
“It’s always like this when we play away and you are winning by only one goal. You always think they can come back.
“Now Liverpool play tomorrow so we will see. There are still nine games left so there is a still long way to go.”
Otro muy buen triunfo ante un rival que se hace muy fuerte en su cancha. A seguir así! //Another good win on a rival that only gets tougher with home advantage. Let's keep it up! C’mon City! pic.twitter.com/1Gz9OqrOkd— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) March 2, 2019
Massive win today important in so many ways always a tough game there !! Come on @mancity pic.twitter.com/FDmmznnRkQ— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) March 2, 2019
— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 2, 2019
0-1 #BOUMCI #mancity pic.twitter.com/HBkZDjViax
He OWNED the left hand side today!— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 2, 2019
0-1 #BOUMCI #mancity pic.twitter.com/fYiun8ZE1S
Next up is a bit of a break until March 9, when City return to action v Watford at home.
See you then!