Manchester Metropolis despatched out an ominous warning to the remainder of the Premier League after brushing apart Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday.
The Premier League champions produced a blistering first 45 minutes at a sun-drenched Etihad Stadium, getting in 3-0 forward at half-time due to targets from Ilkay Gundogan (19), Kevin De Bruyne (31) and Phil Foden (37).
Regardless of taking their foot off the gasoline within the second interval, nevertheless, there was nonetheless time for Pep Guardiola’s aspect so as to add a fourth late on by Jefferson Lerma’s personal objective, with the one shock of the afternoon being Erling Haaland’s failure to attain on his residence debut.
Consequently, Metropolis prime the early Premier League desk from Arsenal on objective distinction as they keep their 100 per cent begin to the season, whereas Bournemouth are ninth having suffered their first lack of the marketing campaign.
How Metropolis despatched out an early assertion of intent
Scott Parker’s newly promoted aspect arrived in Manchester having received their opening fixture of the season final weekend, but in addition anticipating an extended afternoon’s work, and that’s the way it performed out for the Cherries.
The hosts took simply 19 minutes to make the breakthrough, though in fact it will have come sooner had been it not for some poor Metropolis ending and an impressed Mark Travers within the guests’ objective.
However when it did lastly arrive, the floodgates opened as first Gundogan fired the champions forward after being arrange by Haaland, who did properly to carry off the attentions of two Bournemouth gamers in a decent house on the sting of the realm, earlier than slipping the German by on objective.
One turned two simply previous the half-hour mark after a stunning solo objective by De Bruyne, who minimize in from the best flank after which discovered the nook of the online with a pleasant roller utilizing the surface of his foot.
Man Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola made one change from the aspect that cantered to a 2-0 win at West Ham on Tremendous Sunday as Riyad Mahrez changed Jack Grealish, with the £100m England playmaker dropping to the bench.
In the meantime, the guests made three alterations from the staff that kicked off their Premier League return with a powerful 2-0 residence win over Aston Villa final Saturday.
Boss Scott Parker introduced in Lewis Prepare dinner, Ryan Christie and Jack Stacey rather than Phillip Billing, Jordan Zemura and Dominic Solanke, the latter two who missed out with damage. And new signings Neto and Marcos Senesi had been each on the bench.
Six minutes later it was sport over as Bournemouth made the error of attempting to assault their opponents, solely to lose the ball with too many gamers ahead, with predictable penalties as seconds later Travers was as soon as once more selecting the ball out of his internet.
On this event, the twinkle-toed Riyad Mahrez picked out De Bruyne’s run down the left and the playmaker then despatched Foden by on objective, though Travers might be disillusioned he didn’t preserve out the ahead’s close-range effort.
Guardiola swapped his England worldwide’s with Jack Grealish changing Phil Foden on the break, however within the baking Manchester solar, the house aspect performed at a decreased tempo, little question aware of larger challenges to come back this season.
Nevertheless, there was nonetheless time for a fourth with 11 minutes to go as Grealish’s lofted move despatched Joao Cancelo free to the left byline and after chopping again inside, the complete again’s low-driven cross was diverted into his personal internet by the outstretched foot of the unlucky Lerma.
Man Metropolis blow Bournemouth away – Opta stats
- Manchester Metropolis have received all 11 of their Premier League matches in opposition to Bournemouth, the perfect 100%-winning ratio by a staff in opposition to one other in Premier League historical past.
- Bournemouth are winless in all 17 league conferences with Manchester Metropolis (D2 L15), essentially the most one aspect has confronted one other within the historical past of the Soccer League with out ever successful.
- Manchester Metropolis have misplaced simply one among their final 30 Premier League video games (W25 D4), with that defeat coming in opposition to Spurs in February (2-3).
Man Metropolis vs Bournemouth FPL stats
|Targets||Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Lerma OG|
|Assists||Haaland, Foden, De Bruyne, Cancelo|
|Bonus factors||De Bruyne (3pts), Gundogan (2pts), Cancelo (2pts), Foden (1pt)|
Man of the Match – Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne has scored extra Premier League targets than every other Manchester Metropolis participant for the reason that begin of final season (16).
This was the twentieth time De Bruyne has each scored and assisted in a Premier League sport for Manchester Metropolis. Since making his Metropolis debut (September 2015), solely Mohamed Salah (24) and Heung-Min Son (21) have accomplished so on extra events within the competitors.
Metropolis face Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday August 21 (4.30pm), whereas Bournemouth host Arsenal yesterday (5.30pm), with each video games stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League.