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Superb Man City put four past Bournemouth

Raheem Sterling scores for Man City against Bournemouth

Sterling has scored three goals so far this season

A scintillating Manchester City made it eight wins out of eight in all competitions this season as they easily beat Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium.

Kevin de Bruyne put the league leaders in front with a low free-kick under the wall after a Jack Wilshere foul.

City were dominant and two sweeping counter-attacks led to Kelechi Iheanacho and Raheem Sterling tap-ins.

Ilkay Gundogan calmly slotted in a fourth but City had Nolito sent off late on for an attempted head-butt.

The Spaniard was involved in a clash with Adam Smith and, while any contact with his head looked slight, referee Jon Moss had little option but to dismiss the winger.

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Deadly De Bruyne

City’s passing and movement was a joy to watch and the influential De Bruyne was at the heart of their play.

The Belgian midfielder, who scored in the win over against Manchester United last week, played behind main striker Iheanacho and caused Bournemouth all sorts of problems as he was involved in all his side’s goals before going off to a standing ovation.

De Bruyne’s absence for two months last season was a huge setback for City as they dropped from second to fourth in the Premier League, and from three points behind leaders Leicester to 12.

The 25-year-old’s intelligence, running with the ball and vision made him a constant threat and his link-up play with Sterling, Nolito and Iheanacho left Bournemouth bemused.

“The performance from Kevin was terrific, amazing,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “He is on another level. He is a fantastic player and helps us a lot.”

The rebirth of Sterling

Raheem Sterling did score a hat-trick against the Cherries at the Etihad last season but, for the most part, was a subdued presence following his £49m move from Liverpool.

However, the 21-year-old appears to be back to his livewire best as he closely pushed De Bruyne in the man of the match stakes.

The dribbling skills and pace that make him such a threat were impressively on show against Bournemouth and he has clearly benefited from the arrival of Guardiola.

The City boss phoned Sterling during the summer before officially taking over to tell the winger he was a big part of his plans, and the Spaniard looks to have restored his confidence.

Apart from his goal, and his assist for Iheanacho, Sterling also went close when he dispossessed Charlie Daniels on the right flank, producing a mesmerising run across the Cherries box – past a host of defenders – before seeing his shot hit the post.

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Match ends, Manchester City 4, Bournemouth 0.

Second Half ends, Manchester City 4, Bournemouth 0.

Aleix García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Nolito (Manchester City) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King.

Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

Foul by Nolito (Manchester City).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

Offside, Bournemouth. Callum Wilson tries a through ball, but Max Gradel is caught offside.

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Adam Smith.

Substitution, Manchester City. Aleix García replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt missed. Adam Smith (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Max Gradel replaces Junior Stanislas.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Claudio Bravo.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Adam Smith (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Substitution, Manchester City. Leroy Sané replaces Ilkay Gündogan.

Foul by Nolito (Manchester City).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Jack Wilshere.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by John Stones.

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

Goal! Manchester City 4, Bournemouth 0. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a through ball.

Nolito (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth).

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

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