23 Dec Sergio Aguero bags a brace as Manchester City cruise past Bournemouth
Sergio Aguero scored his 100th and 101st goals at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City’s Premier League cakewalk continued with a 4-0 defeat of Bournemouth.
Aguero brought up his century of home strikes in the first half before grabbing a second either side of efforts from Raheem Sterling and substitute Danilo.
City, who have dropped just two points all season, have now won 17 in a row to underline their status as the division’s undisputed Christmas number one.
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Star man – Raheem Sterling
This was not a day when City unfurled their full bag of tricks with Bournemouth playing against type slightly and sitting deep in massed ranks. But Sterling enjoys himself against the Cherries and has now scored seven times in his five Premier League outings against them. He was relentlessly perky here, hanging off Adam Smith’s shoulder, collecting and recycling the ball at pace and doing more than most to stretch a compressed backline.
At the halfway mark of the season, City are on course to smash a host of Premier League records. Double their current tally of 55 points and they beat Chelsea’s 13-year-old record by a margin of 15. Double their goal difference of 48 and they obliterate the previous best of 71. Double their goals scored from 60 to 120 and they leave Chelsea’s class of 2009/10 behind by 15.
Everything is looking bright for Manchester City but there is a nagging question mark about the ongoing role of Vincent Kompany. Guardiola has accepted his skipper cannot play too frequently due to fitness problems but the only real bum note of the day from a City perspective came when he negligently allowed Callum Wilson to drift inside him and through on goal. He then misread a Kyle Walker pass to rekindle the danger.
Man City: Ederson 7, Kyle Walker 8, Vincent Kompany 6, Nicolas Otamendi 7, Fabian Delph 8, Fernandinho 7, David Silva 7, Kevin De Bruyne 8, Leroy Sane 7, Raheem Sterling 9, Sergio Aguero 9. Substitutes: Bernardo Silva (for Sane) 8, Ilkay Gundogan (for De Bruyne) 7, Danilo (for Delph) 8.Bournemouth: Asmir Begovic 5, Steve Cook 5, Nathan Ake 4, Jack Simpson 5, Adam Smith 5, Ryan Fraser 4, Andrew Surman 5, Dan Gosling 5, Jordon Ibe 4, Junior Stanislas 5, Callum Wilson 5. Substitutes: Marc Pugh (for Stanislas) 5, Benik Afobe (for Wilson) 5, Lys Mousset (for Simpson) 5.
Who’s up next?
Newcastle v Man City (Premier League, December 27)
Bournemouth v West Ham (Premier League, Boxing Day)