Three key talking points from Man City’s win over Bournemouth

Bournemouth vs Man City

The first Premier League game of the day on Sunday saw Bournemouth hosting Manchester City.

The Cherries have had a decent start to the season, picking up four points in two games vs Sheffield United and Aston Villa.

However, Sunday’s clash was a much tougher test, against a side Bournemouth had yet to beat since they last won promotion to the English top-flight in 2015.

As for Man City, they were no doubt keen to ensure that they came away with all three points vs Bournemouth, after Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 in the Saturday evening tie.

Neither side’s matchday squad featured too many surprises, with the omission of Gabriel Jesus the only absence of note.

City come out on top

The first 15 minutes of Sunday’s clash was very much dominated by Man City, with Sergio Aguero eventually unlocking the Bournemouth defence in the 14th minute.

Raheem Sterling added City’s second in the 42nd minute, after David Silva slotted in the English midfielder who finished coolly.

Harry Wilson would pull one back for Bournemouth just before the first-half came to a close with a sensational free-kick.

Aguero, though, would kill any chance of a Bournemouth comeback in the 63rd minute, stabbing home inside the 18-yard box to make it 3-1.

Here are three key talking points from Sunday’s early kick-off.

De Bruyne’s assist milestone

In Man City’s 2017/18 title-winning season, Kevin De Bruyne was one of the best players in the Premier League.

Last season, however, largely due to some bad injury luck, the Belgian was not at his best.

In the 19 PL outings that KDB managed last term, he scored two and assisted two.

However, the 2019/20 campaign has seen the former Chelsea man hit the ground running.

City’s first two league outings saw the midfield maestro bag three assists, already topping his Premier League assist total from last season.

De Bruyne was once again in fine form in City’s win over Bournemouth.

De Bruyne would set up Sergio Aguero for Man City’s first of the afternoon.

That assist would also be the 28-year-old’s 50th Premier League assist. It has since been revealed that KDB reached 50 PL assists faster than any other player.

The record previously belonged to Mesut Ozil, who achieved said feat in 141 outings. But the Man City standout reached the half-century in just 123 PL clashes.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City warms up prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Sterling vs Bournemouth

Eddie Howe and Bournemouth must have nightmares about playing against a Manchester City side with Raheem Sterling in it.

Sterling has, including Sunday’s game, played against Bournemouth 11 times across all competitions.

In those 11 games, Sterling has managed to bag himself 11 goals.

The latest of these came today, when Sterling added City’s second of the afternoon.

Furthermore, Sterling’s 11 goals vs Bournemouth are the most he has scored against any opponent throughout his career.

Sterling’s strike vs Howe’s side also put him on five goals from his first three league fixtures of the new season.

Could Sterling be this season’s PL Golden Boot winner?

The midfielder has certainly improved his finishing over the last few years, and now looks an extremely well-rounded attacking threat.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

VAR

Manchester City fans have already acquainted themselves with VAR this season, after Gabriel Jesus’ injury-time winner vs Spurs was ruled out last weekend.

VAR was a topic of conversation on Saturday for some questionable decisions in a few PL games.

The new technology was once again thrust into the limelight during the City vs Bournemouth clash.

Jefferson Lerma would step on David Silva’s foot inside the Bournemouth penalty box.

The replays shown on TV made it pretty clear for those watching at home that the Bournemouth midfielder did indeed make contact with Silva.

However, VAR decided not to award City the penalty, begging the question that if VAR doesn’t give something as obvious as that, what is the point in it?

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: David Silva of Manchester City falls inside the box after a tackle by Steve Cook of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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