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Manchester City vs Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : David Coote
13th August 2022 3:00 PM (BST)
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘19' Ilkay Gündogan
    • ‘31' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘37' Phil Foden
    • ‘79' Jefferson Lerma (OG)
  • 0 Bournemouth


Commentary By Jack Mumford



So, another three points and it's two wins from two. With six goals scored and none conceded, we could hardly have asked for a better start to our title defence.

We now have a week to recover and prepare for what will be a tough trip to Newcastle United next Sunday afternoon.

Keep an eye on and our official app this weekend for highlights and further reaction from Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne.

In the meantime, explore the stats from the game at the tabs above.

We'll see you next week!


πŸ—£ Bournemouth's Scott Parker on City's performance

Many managers sit here after a game against Man City saying the same. The quality they possess is outstanding. We were going to have to ride our luck and take our moments. 

Their quality shone through. The first ten minutes after the goal goes in and then two more go in, you could be on the end of one but I was pleased with the way my team responded.

The levels and quality were there for everyone to see. That’S what happens when you play against world class players and a world class team.


Record extended

Before today, our record of 10 victories from 10 top-flight matches against Bournemouth was the best 100%-winning ratio in Premier League history. Today we made it 11 from 11.


Pep's reaction to De Bruyne's performance

When I was in Munich he was in Wolfsburg and I think he was the best player in the Bundesliga. He was a really good player before we arrived and he will be good after us. The goal was good. 

There was no space with this type of shot and it was an incredible goal. It was an incredible performance, the assist for Phil came from him. Against Bournemouth it is difficult to do because they defend the box and they hold their line really well. 


πŸ—£ Pep's post-match press conference

The manager discussing today's win...

As a team we did a really good performance. Bournemouth was incredibly well structured defensively, but not just defensively offensively as well. 

They attract you with the short passes and then switch the play. Quite similar movement to how Tottenham try to do it. Defensively they defend so deep and narrow, you have to go outside. 

We started really well, with three or four corners and we had chances. After we scored one or two they don't want to attack and we had to be patient. It is not easy for many reasons. We made a really good performance again. 


πŸ—£ Delightful De Bruyne

Club Journalist John Edwards discussed Man of the Match Kevin De Bruyne in his match report.

The Belgian’s brace against Club America in the opening game of pre-season suggested he was ready to hit the ground running and he has duly delivered in the opening two games.

After an assist at the London Stadium last weekend, he went one better in front of his home crowd, netting the second with a wonderful strike and showing exceptional awareness and weight of pass to pick Foden out for the third.

He is so often the fulcrum of City’s attack and that was the case again today in a game in a contest in which he was a constant threat.


Rico's rise

A word for Rico Lewis, who became City's fifth youngest ever debutant this afternoon. 

The right-back has enjoyed a meteoric rise after leading the Under-18 side to Premier League glory last season and has been with the first team through pre-season.

While the match was all but won before he came on today, he appeared unperturbed by the size of the crowd or his achievement and retained possession, while playing the inside role our full-backs did last week.

Watch this space for plenty more to come from him.


πŸ—£ De Bruyne's post match reaction

On his goal: When I was young I tried everything and I got told off a lot of times. It’s important to do inside and outside with both feet, that’s something that can help.

On the win: It was so hot, the circumstances weren’t great. Leading 3-0 so early makes it easier but I think we can still go up a level.


Matchday Live

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joleon Lescott are with Cel Spellman to review that victory.

We'll also have reaction throughout the evening on and the official app but before that, stick with us for continued updates right here.


Job well done

Oasis blares out of the stadium PA system to mark a magnificent summer's day in Manchester. Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and an own goal made it 4-0 but in truth, we were dominant in every aspect and it could have been more.


Man of the Match!

After one goal and one assist, Kevin De Bruyne is named Man of the Match. It's only right too, the Belgian has been everywhere today.


Ake and Moore down

Kieffer Moore and Nathan Ake have received some treatment so there's been a stoppage in play. The pair both appear okay but Moore has been replaced by Jamal Lowe. Ake will play on.


πŸ—£ Club Journalist Rob Pollard

A really comprehensive performance from City. We've been outstanding in every department. Even Ederson, who has had little to do, has looked assured whenever he's been called upon.

A tough day for Bournemouth, who are acclimatising to the division, but their assignments won't get much harder than this.


Ederson's eye for a pass

The Brazilian hasn't had much to do today, but he has just sprayed an exquisite ball to the right wing. It's applauded by everyone, including Pep Guardiola.



Mahrez plays the ball through the eye of a needle and converging Bournemouth defenders combine to turn it behind, just in front of Alvarez.


Lewis' Premier League debut

17-year-old Rico Lewis is City's fifth youngest ever debutant. The full-back takes the place of Kyle Walker.

He was our Under-18 captain last season as we lifted the Under-18 Premier League title. We first saw him play for the first team against Bayern Munich during our pre-season tour of the USA.

What a moment for him!


Own goal

Joao Cancelo creates a yard of space on the left and fires a low cross that is turned in by the heel of Jefferson Lerma.

Sustained pressure earned us that goal, with a similar ball from Mahrez moments earlier just evading Bernardo Silva.


It's all gone quiet

Given the temperature in Manchester and the scoreline, Pep Guardiola won't be too concerned that the second half hasn't been as entertaining as the first.


πŸ—£ Club Journalist Rob Pollard

Can't stress enough how much I love the sheer hard graft and togetherness this team shows. It's a squad of players that exists without ego - which was summed up perfectly by Ruben Dias' reaction to being subbed off a few moments ago. 

He ran over to John Stones, gave him a huge hug and wished him all the best, before hugging and talking to Pep. It's a manager's dream having this group of players. 


Play resumes

As we get back under way, the Etihad has continued to sing but now it's focused on Bernardo Silva. Everyone at the Club loves Bernardo, he's a real fan favourite.


🎢 Best team in the land 🎢

The Etihad breaks out into a chorus of 'Best team in the land and all the world' as the players head over for the second half drinks break.


Double substitions for both sides

BOURNEMOUTH: Junior Stanislas and Phillip Billing come on
CITY: Bernardo Silva and John Stones come on

BOURNEMOUTH: Lewis Cook and Ryan Christie come off
CITY: Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gundogan come off


De Bruyne fires over

KDB is on the inside left this time but slices across his shot and it goes high and wide. Perhaps the first thing he hasn't done perfectly today.


21 players in the Bournemouth half

Only Ederson is occupying the half closer to the South Stand at the moment. We're not happy to settle for three today.


That old corner routine!

De Bruyne chips to Mahrez on the edge of the box, but the Algerian's volley is blocked by the charging defender. We've seen that before.


Settled possession

We're back into a familiar routine at the Etihad Stadium, with City enjoying all of the ball. There's no great urgency at the moment.


Warm ups

John Stones, Bernardo Silva and Julian Alvarez came out to warm up on the touchline as soon as we kicked off. You'd have to expect plenty of subs to be used in the second half, given the heat.

Five available for each side, remember.


πŸ—£ Club Journalist Rob Pollard

Just re-watching the De Bruyne goal - sensational.

The shoulder drop to bamboozle the defender followed by an outrageous outside-of-the-boot finish... sublime!


πŸ—£ Club Journalist Rob Pollard

That really was very impressive from City. Right from the off, we took the game to Bournemouth and wanted to score goals.  

De Bruyne has perhaps been the star of the show, but every single player has played their part.  

As, too, have our fans, who have been in fine voice.  

All in all, that was a fantastic 45 minutes. 


Shaun Wright-Phillips on Matchday Live

Masterclass. They are doing what we expected. Good possession, we knew Bournemouth would sit deep, play has been good, Haaland has helped retain the ball. We try to find ways to make them sound better every week but it was pure beauty to watch.



Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden have put us comfortably in the lead at the halfway stage of this one.

It's a lead we deserve, having enjoyed the vast majority of the ball and created eight key chances.


Fantastic Foden

After a rare Bournemouth attack, De Bruyne gets the ball on the left this time. His slide-rule pass reaches Foden in the box.

The England international's strike appears half-saved but it rolls into the corner. Three!


πŸ—£ Club Journalist Rob Pollard


The opening half an hour here has been a reminder, should it be needed, of what a quality team we are.

We have runners everywhere and players who possess the ability to pick a pass at will. Full of ideas, inventiveness and creativity, Bournemouth are struggling to contain us.

But as always with City, it isn't just our attacking brilliance that is so eye catching - we work harder than most teams, too. When we lose it, we hunt in packs and win it back within seconds. It's fantastic to see.

What a time to be a City fan.

Gundogan, a criminally underrated player, slotted home superbly to open the scoring, and De Bruyne has just produced a moment of genius to make it 2-0. This has been wonderful so far.


Midfield marksmen

As always under Pep Guardiola, the goals can come from anywhere.

With all eyes on Erling Haaland after last week's brace, it's been two midfielders and regular scorers in recent seasons who have grabbed the goals so far.



De Bruyne receives the ball on the right and drives towards the box. As he reaches it, he strikes the ball with the outside of his boot using Lloyd Kelly as a screen. The ball curls inside the far post and it's 2-0!


Haaland clears

Erling Haaland is not just a great threat up top. His height and aerial ability will be vital when defending corners. He gets his head to this one and the crowd appreciate that effort.


Water break 🚰

Due to the extreme temperatures in Manchester, we're having a drinks break at the midway point in each half. It's time for the first one.

All the players head towards the dugouts.


Ederson tested

Bournemouth break away and a cross from the right eventually gets to Ben Pearson who hits a shot that is caught by Ederson. A reminder that the visitors can pose a real threat too.


Two more chances!

Haaland has a chance of his own but is snuffed out before a Gundogan pass is slightly out of reach of Foden. We're going straight after the second!



Ilkay Gundogan and Erling Haaland link up to incredible effect. The German touches a ball around the corner and receives the ball back from the striker before sweeping home with his left.

That's Gundogan's 50th City goal!


Low block

Bournemouth are so deep in their own half that Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake can push well beyond the centre circle. It's about getting through the back five that are sat on the 18 yard line.


πŸ—£ Club Journalist Rob Pollard

Really positive start from City. Foden has forced a brilliant save from Travers and De Bruyne has whipped in a wonderful cross that just evaded the onrushing forwards.

We are moving the ball really well, creating openings and the crowd are in fine voice.

It's good to be back.


Close again!

De Bruyne is everywhere! Now he appears on the right wing to play a cross that evades the three players rushing towards goal. No idea how this is still goalless.



Six of the seven City Women who were part of the incredible Euro 2022 winning England side at Wembley a couple of weeks ago come out of the tunnel.

The fans give them the appropriate reception.


Here come the teams...

Hey Jude blares out of the PA system and a giant banner covers the pitch saying 'THIS IS MANCHESTER'.

The stands are almost full with a few minutes to go. It's great to be back.


Today's teams again

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Haaland.

SUBS: Ortega Moreno, Stones, Grealish, Alvarez, Bernardo, Delap, Mbete, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand.

BOURNEMOUTH: Travers, Smith, Mepham, Kelly (C), Stacey, Cook, Pearson, Lerma, Tavernier, Christie, Moore.

SUBS: Neto, Marcondes, Lowe, Stanislas, Dembele, Hill, Senesi, Billing, Anthony.


10 minutes until kick-off!

We're all set for an afternoon in the sun in Manchester.

A reminder we'll have minute-by-minute text updates right here, while Alistair Mann and Shaun Goater will provide radio commentary. Either way, everything you need to keep up with the action will be right here.


πŸ—£ Club Journalist Rob Pollard

There’s heatwave in Manchester and it’s making things difficult for me in the press box – I have no idea how the players will manage. It is BOILING.

It feels so good to be back at the Etihad today. What a stadium this is now, with so many amazing memories made here that we can associate it with – none more vivid than a few months ago when we won our fourth Premier League title in five seasons in dramatic fashion. I just love being here.

The pitch is immaculate and has been well watered since I arrived a few hours ago, which will suit our passing game. And with Bournemouth likely to try and get the ball down and play, I’m expecting a decent spectacle today.

It’s a really strong City team, as ever. Our midfield three has a bit of everything, and with Haaland leading the line our attack now has a real focal point.

It’s going to be an exciting season.


How will Bournemouth play today?

Shaun Wright-Phillips on Matchday Live

"City have the same approach retaining the ball and creating chances for Haaland. It is what Bournemouth are going to do, Scotty [Parker] will have learnt from when he came with Fulham that he will hope to keep the scoreline down. If City get that early goal do they try and get back into the game? "


Good omens!

City have only lost their opening home league game in one of the past 22 seasons, which was a 5-2 loss against Leicester in 2020-21. Our last four opening home league matches have produced 23 goals at an average of 5.8 per game.


"Our biggest battle is with ourselves"

Pep was philosophical in his media briefing on Friday.

Talking about the pressure he feels to win every match, he said: β€œThis is the way we have to live. Of course the rumours are there, that is an honour for us because that means people care. But at the same time we have to be calm in the good moments and especially the bad moments. 

 β€œThe best thing is to think positively. Our biggest battle is with ourselves, not opponents, it is how you think about it and how positive you are.” 


Head-to-head stats

This fixture has been kind to us in the past...

 Β· City's record of 10 victories from 10 top-flight matches against Bournemouth is the best 100%-winning ratio in Premier League history.

Β· Bournemouth are winless in all 16 league meetings with Manchester City (D2, L14). That is the joint most that one side has faced another without winning in English league history, level with Halifax Town against Cardiff City, and Wrexham versus Crystal Palace.

Β· The Cherries have led for a total of just eight minutes in those 16 league meetings, when Charlie Daniels briefly put them ahead in August 2017.


One change from West Ham

So Riyad Mahrez in for Jack Grealish is the only change from our 2-0 victory over West Ham.

That means we can expect to see Phil Foden on the left wing to accomodate Mahrez on his favoured side.


Team news!

CITY XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Haaland 

SUBS: Ortega Moreno, Stones, Grealish, Alvarez, Delap, Mbete, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand


Around the Premier League

There are seven matches in the Premier League today, including ours.

Aston Villa are currently leading Everton in the early kick-off.

At 15:00 BST:

Arsenal v Leicester
Brighton v Newcastle
Southampton v Leeds
Wolves v Fulham

And then the day ends with Brentford v Manchester United at 17:30.


10 minutes until team news!

We're edging ever closer to kick-off and our starting XI will be revealed shortly. Who makes your team today?

Remember, Pep confirmed on Friday that Kalvin Phillips will miss this one while Cole Palmer is a doubt. Aymeric Laporte is also on the sidelines while he recovers from knee surgery.

In the Etihad, the first fans have taken to their seats and are basking in the glorious sunshine. It's been almost three months since we were last here together, and it feels amazing to be back.


Ballon d'Or contenders

We'll have team news at 2pm. How many of our six Ballon d'Or nominees do you think we'll see?

Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva were all named on the shortlist yesterday.

Ederson is also up for the Yashin Trophy - specifically for goalkeepers.


Pep reflects on our last match at the Etihad

The manager's programme notes...

Welcome back to the Etihad – the last time we were here it was a special occasion, right? 

That day in May was crazy. It was so tough emotionally - really difficult at the time, but now I look back and can see it was such a special day. We will always have this memory of winning the Premier League in an amazing way. The atmosphere inside this stadium was unbelievable. It made me so proud and, honestly, you helped change the game for us. 

I said this in my programme notes for the Community Shield, but I want to say again a huge THANK YOU for your support last season, particularly the final few weeks. Without your support, we would not have won the Premier League title, I can absolutely assure you. 

It felt so good to be back playing Premier League football last weekend, and to beat a team as strong as West Ham was really positive. My players are not yet at their maximum in terms of fitness, but the way we played was excellent. All the guys were brilliant.


Matchday Live

Our City-centric show will be back one hour before kick-off today.

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joleon Lescott will be the guests for that one, providing our usual mix of analysis and entertainment right up until kick-off. 

They will be back at half-time and after the game to give their summary.

Alistair Mann will be joined on match commentary by Shaun Goater during play. We'll have minute-by-minute text updates here too!



It's six years today since Pep Guardiola took charge of his first Premier League match for City. It was a 2-1 win over Sunderland that day, thanks to Sergio Aguero and a late own goal.

We have two survivors from that match in our current squad; Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones.

With four Premier League titles since that day, it's been a wild ride with the Catalan in charge.


Redesigned concourse!

The concourse in the South Stand has undergone a redevelopment over the summer and looks incredible. 

If your seat is there, make sure to get down early because there will plenty of entertainment before and after every match this season.


Good afternoon!

Hello and welcome to the first home match of the season!

It's t-shirt and shorts weather in Manchester and the Etihad Stadium looks a picture in the sun. More than 50,000 Blues are making their way to the ground and everything is in place to greet them.

Last week's victory at West Ham was the perfect start to our Premier League title defence, but that counts for nothing today.

Newly promoted Bournemouth will be full of confidence after beating Aston Villa last Saturday, so we won't be taking anything for granted.

We'll have regular updates throughout the afternoon all the way through to the post-match reaction from players and managers, no matter the result.


It's matchday!

Hello and a very good morning to you all!

The sun is out, skies are blue and City are preparing for our first home game of the new season as we play host to AFC Bournemouth this afternoon.

Twelve weeks on from that dramatic fight back against Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium, we will return to our home looking to build on last weekend's superb start to the new campaign away at West Ham. 

Kick-off is at 15:00 (UK) and, as always, you will be able to follow all the action right here in the Matchday Centre. 

Minute-by-minute text updates begin at 13:00 (UK), whilst our Matchday Live show, with guest Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joleon Lescott starts one hour before kick-off. 

And, during the game you can listen to live audio commentary from Alistair Mann and Shaun Goater. 

Make sure you tune in!

Other games that day

  • Brentford4
    Manchester United0
  • Aston Villa2
  • Brighton and Hove Albion0
    Newcastle United0
  • Southampton2
    Leeds United2
  • Arsenal4
    Leicester City2
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers0
  • Chelsea0
    Tottenham Hotspur0
  • Nottingham Forest0
    West Ham United0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Arsenal 2 +4 6
3 Brentford 2 +4 4
4 Newcastle United 2 +2 4
5 Leeds United 2 +1 4
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 2 +1 4
7 Tottenham Hotspur 1 +3 3
8 Chelsea 1 +1 3
9 Aston Villa 2 -1 3
10 Bournemouth 2 -2 3
11 Fulham 2 0 2
12 Liverpool 1 0 1
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 -1 1
14 Leicester City 2 -2 1
15 Southampton 2 -3 1
16 Everton 2 -2 0
17 Crystal Palace 1 -2 0
18 Nottingham Forest 1 -2 0
19 West Ham United 1 -2 0
20 Manchester United 2 -5 0
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