Riyad Mahrez scored the supreme aim as Manchester Metropolis overcame injuries to Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones to edge past Bournemouth and ride two parts obvious at the tip of the Premier League.
The champions misplaced De Bryune and Stones both aspect of the rupture before Mahrez – on for Belgian De Bruyne – fired Metropolis in front at first of the second half.
Sergio Aguero hit the bar from long differ before Mahrez observed his header smartly saved by Artur Boruc as Metropolis continued to dominate.
Nonetheless Pep Guardiola’s aspect held on for a slim victory that places the rigidity abet on title rivals Liverpool, who can return to the summit with victory over Everton within the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday.
It modified into once a second 1-0 soak up the condominium of four days for Metropolis, who once again dominated possession nonetheless had been compelled to wait and see in opposition to dogged and defensive opponents.
They handiest created one obvious-decrease opportunity within the principle half, when David Silva met De Bruyne’s low pass nonetheless would possibly perchance well handiest aspect-foot broad.
Seconds before the rupture they suffered their first afflict blow when De Bryune went down unchallenged and at once signalled to the bench that he desired to return off.
It modified into once the equivalent dwelling at first of the second length, with John Stones walking off the self-discipline to get replaced by Vincent Kompany.
No topic those setbacks, Metropolis continued to push forward and deservedly took the lead after 55 minutes. Charlie Daniels failed to smartly obvious Bernado Silva’s pass, the ball falling to Silva who teed up Mahrez to fireplace home at Boruc’s shut to post.
The Bournemouth goalkeeper would possibly perchance well smartly be in a bunch up of dwelling to include done better, nonetheless made up for it with a series of impressive stops to preserve the ranking at 1-0.
The 39-300 and sixty five days-old showed mountainous athleticism to tip Aguero’s lofted effort on to the bar before pushing Mahrez’s header a ways from level-blank differ.
Bournemouth supplied shrimp as an attacking power in retort, failing to include a shot at aim or power a single corner.
Man Metropolis take – nonetheless at what fee?
The stare of a pumped-up Guardiola passionately hugging all his avid gamers on the pitch at the final whistle highlighted the importance of this soak up an an increasing number of charming title mosey.
The modified into once finest reward for Metropolis’s patience and resolution, as they stuck to their possession-essentially based methodology even though they failed to rupture thru a packed defence early on.
The champions had 82% possession, compelled 14 corners and had 23 shots at aim in a take that modified into once grand extra contented than the scoreline suggests.
The victory came at fee nonetheless, with Guardiola confirming De Bruyne came off with a hamstring afflict whereas Stones modified into once substituted as a precaution.
With Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte already sidelined, even a squad as proficient as Metropolis’s is being stretched.
Guardiola would possibly perchance were gratified therefore with the influence of Mahrez, who modified into once ineffective in opposition to West Ham in midweek nonetheless modified into once grand improved here.
The Metropolis boss modified into once also boosted by the return of Gabriel Jesus, who came on as a late change after three weeks out with a hamstring afflict.
Both have a tendency to play a key aim within the upcoming weeks, with this game the principle of 5 matches across three competitions in a hectic March for Metropolis as they earn out about an unparalleled quadruple.
Bournemouth fight nonetheless are blunt in ******
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe replied to Wednesday’s 5-1 thrashing at Arsenal by switching formation to a abet three, with flit-backs Nathaniel Clyne and Charlie Daniels effectively making it a abet 5.
The belief modified into once obvious – defend deep in numbers and limit the condominium for Metropolis’s forward avid gamers in terrible areas.
The Cherries include the worst defensive file outdoors the bottom three, so it modified into once an understandable methodology in opposition to the most prolific aspect within the division.
The formation worked completely within the principle half, with Nathan Ake beautifully marshalling the defence alongside Chris Mepham and Jack Simpson, the latter making his first Premier League look of the season.
That methodology obviously wanted altering once Mahrez build the guests forward, nonetheless Howe waited until the Seventy fifth minute before bringing on an additional forward in Lys Mousset.
The tactical alternate had shrimp influence, with the Cherries failing to look at Ederson with a single shot on note right thru the 90 minutes.
Howe will hope the forthcoming return of high-scorer Callum Wilson after six weeks out with a hamstring afflict will boost his blunted ****** as they earn out in regards to the climate the Bournemouth manager clean feels they must banish any lingering fears of relegation.
Man of the match – Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)
‘The avid gamers deserve my admiration’ – what they acknowledged
Manchester Metropolis manager Pep Guardiola talking to BBC Sport: “We made one among the most inspiring performances we now include carried out. They had been very organised. Nonetheless they did now not include one shot – we defended smartly from throw-ins and free-kicks.
“We created a pair of chances. Of us would possibly perchance well furthermore clean know the manner advanced it’s miles to ****** 11 avid gamers [who are defending]. Due to the avid gamers, they’re entirely unbelievable.
“We seek files from a amount of the avid gamers without giving them the time to relaxation physiologically, due to this it’s miles unbelievable. No topic what happens this season they deserve my admiration.
On injuries: “Vincent Kompany wasn’t 100%. John Stones does no longer include a nice grief, it modified into once a precaution. Kevin [de Bruyne] would possibly perchance be out for a whereas with a muscular grief, hamstring.”
Bournemouth manger Eddie Howe talking to BBC Sport: “It’s miles advanced – it’s top to be aggressive and that modified into once the methodology for us to make the game tight, inform toughness and mentally hang in. The most convenient frustration is their aim modified into once grotesque which is extremely now not like them, so very unlucky.
“It wasn’t the belief to be so without the ball nonetheless they infrequently make a mistake. Technically they had been very correct. You are attempting forward to a mistake so it’s possible you’ll well counter and they made very few. That restricted the likelihood for us to achieve what we’re very correct at.
“Nathan Ake did thoroughly this day, the most experienced of the abet three, led by example with his commitment and endeavour. With young Jack Simpson and Chris Mepham taking part in alongside him too, that is massively obvious for the long term, taking a inspect at the age of those three. It’s miles a correct signal.”
Man Metropolis beat Bournemouth again – the stats
- Manchester Metropolis’s 100% file in eight games in opposition to Bournemouth is the most inspiring in English high-flight history.
- Bournemouth include by no scheme beaten Manchester Metropolis in 14 previous league meetings (D2 L12).
- Manchester Metropolis include kept a tidy sheet in six of their past eight Premier League games, including in every of the past four, conceding finest three targets in entire.
- Bournemouth failed to file a shot in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, the principle time they’ve failed to register an attempt in a Premier League game.
- Bournemouth recorded their lowest possession resolve in a Premier League game in opposition to Manchester Metropolis (17.9%), with the club averaging forty eight.9% within the competition.
- Manchester Metropolis’s David Silva has supplied an motivate in every of his past three Premier League away games, as many as in his previous 19 at streetlevel.
- Five of Riyad Mahrez’s six Premier League targets for Metropolis include advance a ways from home.
Next up for Bournemouth is a time out to bottom aspect Huddersfield subsequent Saturday (15:00 GMT). Manchester Metropolis host Watford the equivalent day within the evening kick-off (17:30 GMT).