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Premier Cool Impact: Bournemouth vs. Manchester City

14:43 GMT 04/03/2019
Vincent Kompany Riyad Mahrez Manchester City

  • Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2018-19

    #4 Super-sub Riyad Mahrez unlocked stubborn Bournemouth

    Following Kevin De Bruyne’s withdrawal with half-time approaching, Pep Guardiola made the decision to bring on Mahrez instead of Leroy Sane, and the Algerian wideman rewarded his manager’s faith. Having been played in by David Silva, the former Leicester City player’s weakly struck effort snuck past Artur Boruc to put the Citizens 1-0 in front 10 minutes after the restart. It stayed that way and the Algeria international’s strike sealed City’s 23rd Premier League win of the campaign. On a personal front, it was Mahrez’s sixth league strike – 11th in all competitions - and his first league goal since early December (a 2-1 win against Watford). 
  • David Silva Manchester City Bournemouth 020319

    #3 Much maligned David Silva was class against the Cherries

    Having come under criticism for his performances in the last couple of months, the Spaniard was arguably City’s best player at the Vitality Stadium. He created several scoring chances throughout the encounter and it was no surprise the 2010 World Cup winner was directly involved in Guardiola’s side’s goal a few minutes after half-time. It was Silva’s fifth assist in the league and the attacking midfielder could build on his performance against Eddie Howe’s crew to have a strong finish to the campaign.
  • Nicolas Otamendi Manchester City

    #2 Nicolas Otamendi was a defensive colossus

    Admittedly, Howe’s side were extremely negative in their approach, evidenced by their lack of attempts over the course of the game, but the centre-back still deserves plaudits for his display. The Argentine snuffed out a glut of the home side’s attacks and his reading of the game, coupled with his proactive defending, kept Howe’s side at bay whenever they did manage to attack. Following the shut-out, Otamendi and co., kept their 14th clean sheet of the campaign. 
  • Ilkay Gundogan Manchester City 2018-19

    #1 Ilkay Gundogan impressed in Fernandinho’s absence

    Popular opinion often suggests Guardiola’s side struggle when the Fernandinho is unavailable, and the Citizen’s win percentage with and without him in the side backs that up. Gundogan has come into the side in Brazilian’s absence in the last two gameweeks and has fitted seamlessly into the side. The Germany international was pure class against the Cherries and kept things moving nicely in the middle of the park. Besides his influence in City’s buildup in the first phase of play, he equally had an effect in the final third by creating a few opportunities for his side. If the German continues in his vein of form, maybe the experienced Brazil international’s absence wouldn’t be felt as initially feared.