Man City 3, Bournemouth 1: Sterling, Sane deliver


"Today we had a reason for the fragility".

With City still fighting in the Champions League and a trio of domestic competitions, Christmas will be a busy period for the reigning champions of England.

"He is so aggressive with the ball and so focused on the goal".

If Saints fans were concerned about letting another two-goal lead slip like they did last week against Fulham, they were right to be anxious as United quickly hit back through Lukaku who was set up by Marcus Rashford.

Guardiola's opposite number Eddie Howe was left to rue a missed opportunity, with Bournemouth pushing City far harder than on their previous visits to the Etihad Stadium - three matches in which they ran up an aggregate scoreline of 13-1 against. After all, Bournemouth just can't keep him down. Among the goals in that streak was a victor seven minutes into injury time at Bournemouth in the third game of the last season.

Sterling has made a habit of profiting against Bournemouth, and has now scored in each of his six Premier League appearances against them.

Whatever Guardiola said at the interval did the trick as City started the second half at a blistering pace, with Sterling soon restoring their lead by firing into the roof of the net after Danilo's effort had been saved.

After the final whistle, City manager Pep Guardiola was also angry with Sterling's antics and confronted him on the pitch.

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Sterling restored City's lead with a close-range finish early in the second half after Bournemouth had gone in level at the interval when Callum Wilson's header cancelled out Bernardo Silva's opener.

City clawed this victory out after allowing a buoyant Bournemouth to take some control in the game.

"I am more trying to be the best I can be, be happy, with myself and my family".

They are just one point behind eighth-placed Leicester City, which defeated Watford 2-0 thanks to first-half goals from striker Jamie Vardy and midfielder James Maddison. "I needed to make an impact". The win lifted the team into seventh above Watford, for which Etienne Capoue was red-carded in the 90th.

City have won 12 of the first 14 games of their title defence and is still averaging more than three goals per game.

Crystal Palace earned their first home win of the season as they beat Burnley 2-0 while Brighton fought back to beat 10-man Huddersfield 2-1.

Brighton responded to conceding a goal after 55 seconds - the earliest strike in the Premier League this season - to win at 10-man Huddersfield 2-1, with Romania striker Florin Andone grabbing the victor with his first goal in English soccer.