sport news Pep Guardiola urges Manchester City not to lose ground in the Premier League ... trends now

sport news Pep Guardiola urges Manchester City not to lose ground in the Premier League ... trends now
sport news Pep Guardiola urges Manchester City not to lose ground in the Premier League ... trends now

sport news Pep Guardiola urges Manchester City not to lose ground in the Premier League ... trends now

Pep Guardiola urges Manchester City not to lose any ground in the Premier League title race before the World Cup starts... as Bournemouth boss Scott Parker calls the reigning champions 'the best side he has EVER seen' Man City manager Pep Guardiola wants his side to make a sharp start to the term The Cityzens boss is wary of the unique demands of the Qatar World Cup season Guardiola watched his side beat visitors Bournemouth 4-0 in the Premier League Scorer Kevin de Bruyne was taken aback by the speed of forward Erling Haaland Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

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Sometimes Manchester City's opponents are best placed to offer a real gauge of where they are at and, a few days after last week's win at West Ham, Michail Antonio was still talking about them.'Their system is liquid,' he said. 'It can't be contained. They're rotating everywhere. It was a masterclass.'

High praise. And the thing is, City are not usually quite this strong during the opening weeks.

A defeat here, dropped points there and general stodginess as a consequence of extended summer breaks scheduled by Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola (left) has implored the likes of Erling Haaland to make a fast start to the season

Pep Guardiola (left) has implored the likes of Erling Haaland to make a fast start to the season 

Kevin De Bruyne hit Manchester City's second goal as they won 4-0 at home to Bournemouth

Kevin De Bruyne hit Manchester City's second goal as they won 4-0 at home to Bournemouth

But out in the USA last month the squad looked a bit different. Sharper than normal, even though pre-season was equally short.

There were moments in the Community Shield where Guardiola will believe they ought to have put more pressure on Liverpool yet, when the proper business started, 

FACTS AND RATINGS 

Man City (4-2-3-1): Ederson 7; Walker 7.5 (Lewis 82min), Dias 7 (Stones 64, 6.5), Ake 7.5, Cancelo 7.5; Rodri 7.5, Gundogan 8 (Silva 65, 6.5); Mahrez 7, De Bruyne 9, Foden 7.5 (Grealish 46, 7); Haaland 7 (Alvarez 74, 6). 

Manager: Pep Guardiola 7.

Bournemouth (3-4-2-1): Travers 7; Mepham 5, Lerma 5, Kelly 6; Smith 6, Pearson 6, Cook 6 (Billing 64, 6), Stacey 6; Tavernier 6 (Senesi 80), Christie

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