Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Understrength Manchester City racks up sixth straight win in EPL

Understrength Manchester City racks up sixth straight win in EPL

Sterling scored his eighth Premier League goal of the campaign in Saturday's 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Jesus, 21, joined City in January 2017 for a reported £27 million fee from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras and hit the ground running in the Premier League with seven goals in his first 10 games.

A City side showing five changes produced an uneven performance, and victory was only made certain when Ilkay Gundogan touched in Leroy Sane's low cross with 11 minutes left at the Etihad Stadium.

On their way to the title last season, City's 6-0 victory away at Watford laid down a marker with Aguero's hat-trick, Jesus, Sterling and Nicholas Otamendi among the goals.

Gabriel Jesus

City next face a trip to Watford in the league before a mouth-watering clash against Chelsea on 8 December. "If you ask me why Sergio don't play, David don't play, I will tell you each one".

"We believed before the game, we believed at half-time", Cherries boss Eddie Howe said. "There are many reasons", Guardiola said.

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But Sterling regained the lead for City in the 57th minute by netting a rebound from close range, becoming the first player to score in his first six Premier League appearances against a single opponent.

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"A good win, after the Champions League it is always tough".

While talking about Gabriel Jesus, Pep Guardiola said "He just needs to relax", and then added, "I love his work ethic".

In the dying minutes of the first half, striker Callum Wilson drew Bournemouth level when he got on the other end of a cross by defender Simon Francis and headed the ball home.

Rashford's profligacy in front of goal against Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek provoked Mourinho to display his frustration on the sidelines.

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Everton are another, with their sights set on Europa League qualification, but Watford, perhaps alongside Bournemouth and Leicester, are in a group of teams that are unlikely to qualify for Europe, but more significantly, also too strong to worry about relegation.

"But Raheem started a slalom and that action changed the game. I don't know what he ate but it will be on the menu for the next games".

They are now two points ahead of Liverpool with both sides yet to lose a game in the Premier League this season.

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