City's character pleases Guardiola as they scrap to win over Bournemouth

City's character pleases Guardiola as they scrap to win over Bournemouth

Javier Howell
December 5, 2018

The 1st half finished in a 1-all draw but goals from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured the three points for City. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. Find out by following our live matchcast.

The opener was the sixth time this season that United have conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes of a match.

"We play nine games, but many of our contenders and opponents do too".

Riyad Mahrez will be used often over the busy Christmas schedule, making it tough to determine how Guardiola will rotate his men. "There are many reasons", Guardiola said. That's all. After the decision we'll see the day of the game.

The last time Newcastle had won a home Premier League game when trailing at halftime was in 2006, and the writing appeared to be on the wall again for them when Hernandez grabbed his second of the afternoon after 62 minutes.

He is clearly still young enough to emerge from his slump, but City are a club in a hurry and Guardiola might choose to bolster his attacking options in January because right now he simply can not afford to be without Aguero for a prolonged period.

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Terence Kongolo pulls one back to give Huddersfield hope Credit Getty Images

"Unfortunately I was out of the Champions League match that I really wanted to play".

Forget the suggestion that the Premier League is about six teams chasing the title and the other 14 battling to stay up.

"To have more continuity in our attacking waves you can not lose the ball so many times". "In the second half he changed the game". The home side doubled their lead after James Maddison, who was sent off in last week's defeat at Brighton, scored a stunning goal to get back into the fans' good books.

By contrast, the finish for his goal was relatively straightforward, albeit after a stylish build-up, as he fed a pass for Danilo to shoot, then swept in the rebound after goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has failed to hold the ball. It seems clear that Bournemouth have the ability to score goals and will set out to cause City difficulties on Saturday. They were taller than us and stronger than us. "We haven't done enough defensively and weren't clinical enough in attack".

At least one of their close contenders will lose ground with Arsenal and Tottenham meeting in the North London derby, although Guardiola said they should expect second-placed Liverpool to beat city rivals Everton.

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