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Talking Points: Flying wingers and versatility

CREDIT DUE: Yaya and Aleks Kolarov

CREDIT DUE: Yaya and Aleks Kolarov

Manchester City’s attacking threat, Fernandinho’s versatility and the upcoming schedule are all discussed…

1 Threats all over the pitch

City’s two goals against Bournemouth came once Pep Guardiola’s side pushed the ball out wide and played an incisive cross back across the goal. That would suggest it’s all down to the wingers but while Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling enjoyed yet another excellent showing, they weren’t alone.

The speed with which David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure moved the ball through midfield gave Sane and Sterling the chance to overload their opposing full-back and pick out any number of the options arriving in the box.

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2 Cool, calm Caba

City have emerged victorious in all six Premier League matches Willy Caballero has appeared in this season.

At the Vitality Stadium his ability with the ball at his feet helped City to draw out their opponents and bypass the press in a way that seems to perfectly fit Pep’s blueprint.

Read his thoughts on the victory here...

3 Versatile Ferna

With just three recognisable defenders named in the starting eleven, there was plenty of pre-match discussion as to what that would mean for Fernandinho.

Cue the surprise when the Brazilian lined up at left-back for kick-off.

Despite being predominantly right-footed and up against the lively Jordon Ibe, Fernandinho looked assured in defence throughout the evening and moved into midfield to provide an extra man once City had control of the ball. Guardiola famously said last July the Brazilian could play in 10 positions and on this showing, maybe he was right.

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4 Moving on up…

Starting the evening in fifth place, City knew three points would make a big difference to their league standing.

Pep Guardiola’s side are now in second and although they will have to keep one eye on proceedings behind them, with four clubs within four points, they can be much more content.

City are eight points behind league leaders Chelsea, a gap that Guardiola feels is too big, but they are now in the driving seat should Antonio Conte’s side start to falter.

5 Premier League break

City are still challenging on three fronts this season and as we move through the next few weeks, the cup competitions are going to come into sharp focus.

The Blues have just three more Premier League matches before the end of March, a period which could see them into the Champions League quarter-finals and FA Cup semi-finals.

Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Huddersfield and next week’s visit of AS Monaco will require an extension of the league form if City are to be successful.

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Raheem Sterling v Bournemouth: In Focus

SCORERS JOY: Raheem Sterling wheels away after tucking home City's first

Raheem Sterling’s Man of the Match performance at Bournemouth is put under the spotlight…

Raheem Sterling’s Man of the Match performance at Bournemouth is put under the spotlight…

What the Media Says

Press praise City after emphatic Bournemouth win

KUN: Aguero celebrates putting City 2-0 up

Manchester City moved into second place in the Premier League with an emphatic victory over Bournemouth on Monday night and naturally most of the headlines are on that impressive showing.

Silva, Sane and Aguero are the focus of this morning's headlines and the content of Pep's chat with Harry Arter is revealed.

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Guardiola: I will pray for Gabriel Jesus

INJURY: Let's hope it's nothing too serious

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will pray for Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian striker left the field early during the 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will pray for Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian striker left the field early during the 2-0 win over Bournemouth.