Published on April 3rd, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City – Report & Ratings
City reinvigorated their top-four hopes with a sparkling win over Bournemouth on Saturday
Three of the Blues’ goals came in the first 18 minutes, with Fernando opening the scoring with a fine strike on the half volley.
De Bruyne made it 2-0 when coolly slotted home David Silva’s flick and Sergio Aguero headed in a third soon after.
Bournemouth struggled to find a response for the remainder of the match and Aleksandar Kolarov blasted in City’s fourth with the last kick of the game.
City’s win means they are (as it stood) 12 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester with seven games remaining, but their recent form means it is more relevant they increased their lead on fifth-placed West Ham to three points, after the Hammers were held to a 2-2 draw by Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.
What a feeling, great to be back! pic.twitter.com/IEozLHhY6C
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) April 2, 2016
Willy Caballero – 7
Didn’t have much to do, but was up to the task when called upon.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7
Made a few runs and looked pretty solid at the back.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Made no mistakes, didn’t have much to do.
Eliaquim Mangala – 7
Solid, had a better performance than most he’s had this season.
Gael Clichy – 7
Good all round without doing anything spectacular.
Fernando – 7
Fantastic skill to score the first goal, had a pretty good game.
Fernandinho – 7
Solid as he has been all season, attacked and defended well.
Jesus Navas – 7
Was much more decisive going forward and rewarded with an assist.
Kevin de Bruyne – 8
Came back from injury with a bang, took him a while to get properly going but soon scored once he did.
David Silva – 8
Looked much more sharper than he has done recently and played mouthwatering football at times.
Sergio Aguero – 8
Fantastic all round performance, was influential in the second goal and took his header really well.
Aleksander Kolarov – 7
Superb individual goal when he came on, didn’t have enough time to do much else.
Samir Nasri – 6
Did well enough after a long injury, will probably take another week or two until he’s back to his best.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 6
Didn’t need to do much when he came on, was used more as a rest for Sergio Aguero.