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MEDIA WATCH: All the latest news and opinion

MEDIA WATCH: All the latest news and opinion

City face Bournemouth this afternoon in what promises to be a Bank Holiday weekend cracker.

Most of the talk in the media this morning is about the game, but there's also some kind words for David Silva ahead of what could be his 400th City appearance.

So, without further ado, here's today's Media Watch...

Opinion

Yahoo Sport: David Silva and his sensational Man City legacy ahead of 400th appearance

Omisport writes: “Silva has added three more Premier League titles to his City legacy since pipping Manchester United in dramatic circumstances seven years ago.

“Trophies aside, a man described by Guardiola as a "European great" will be remembered at City as much for his artistry on the ball and his ability to help get the best out of his team-mates.

“Nobody has come close to rivalling the number of Premier League assists (83) Silva has laid on since the start of the 2010-11 season, nor the level of chances created (745).

“Those figures continue to swell and so too will the diminutive Spaniard's enormous imprint on English football over the course of his farewell lap.”

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Former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen writes: “The controversy surrounding VAR and City’s disallowed “winner” against Spurs on Saturday took some of the gloss off what was a cracking game with the champions having 30 shots on the Spurs goal.

“City put five past West Ham at the London Stadium on the opening weekend of the season and they are likely to still be smarting after dropping two points to Spurs when they take the field at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday. It could be a long afternoon for the Cherries despite their own unbeaten start to the campaign.”

Manchester Evening News: How Manchester City should line up against Bournemouth

Simon Bajkowski writes: “How attacking Guardiola thinks Bournemouth will be probably weighs up his team selection. If they are to sit back as they did last season, then for instance Fernandinho as a centre-back to push forward on the ball makes sense but Nicolas Otamendi is invaluable if more defending is required.

“The threat Bournemouth carry means the manager probably has to show some restraint and that could well mean Fernandinho over Rodri despite the new signing's fine start to life at the Etihad.

“Bernardo just edges out Riyad Mahrez and David Silva is better than anyone else at ghosting between the lines. The big call up front is Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero and for me there is no question as to who is looking sharper.”

PRESS CONFERENCE: Pep Guardiola previews our visit to Bournemouth.

Interviews

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Pep impressed with Mendy’s efforts

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Daily Star: Man City team news: Predicted 4-3-3 lineup to face Bournemouth - Aguero, Bernardo Silva start

Duncan Robinson writes: “Benjamin Mendy is back in training but unlikely to challenge Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back, despite the Ukrainian complaining of cramp last weekend.

Have you seen...

MODEL PUPIL: Pep Guardiola has praised Raheem Sterling's willingness to learn.

"Kyle Walker still looks like the number one choice at right-back although Guardiola is sure to give new boy Joao Cancelo a chance sooner rater than later.

“Aymeric Laporte is a certainty at centre-back and the Frenchman should be joined by Nicolas Otamendi with John Stones struggling after a muscle issue.”

From the Players

Men's Team

Incredible student Sterling delights Pep

MODEL PUPIL: Pep Guardiola has praised Raheem Sterling's willingness to learn.

Pep Guardiola says Raheem Sterling’s willingness to embrace the advice of his coaches is responsible for the winger’s transformation into one of the Premier League’s most clinical marksmen.

Sterling has become increasingly prolific with each passing season and his development has been one of the most striking aspects of the Catalan’s City tenure.

Men's Team

Cancelo on Pep, Bernardo and Kyle Walker

Men's Team

How Raheem revels in playing against Bournemouth

LAST GASP HERO: Raheem Sterling scores City's dramatic injury time winner at Bournemouth back in August 2017

Should Raheem Sterling figure in the City starting eleven at the Vitality Stadium tomorrow afternoon, Bournemouth could be forgiven for harbouring a sense of foreboding.

Reflecting on Raheem Sterling's remarkable individual record against Bournemouth