Raheem Sterling has been in stunning form this season and he bagged once again against Bournemouth to move level with Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
Sterling's goal was also his eighth in seven games versus Bournemouth for City while he also netted twice against them in a cup match for Liverpool in 2014.
The Argentina global, who has scored 12 goals in all competitions thus far this season, was a notable absentee as the Premier League champions welcomed Eddie Howe's men to the Etihad Stadium. Find out by following our live matchcast.
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A City side showing five changes produced an uneven performance, and victory was only made certain when Ilkay Gundogan touched in Leroy Sane's low cross with 11 minutes left at the Etihad Stadium.
Aguero is not expected to miss a large portion of action, with City facing Chelsea next weekend after a midweek clash with Watford.
He claimed his attempt to improve the players against Bournemouth with a half-time team-talk did not work as well as he would have liked, and was grateful to Sterling for making the difference in the second half.
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"A good win, after the Champions League it is always tough".
"Loan players are in good leagues, so to then come here to play (for academy teams) in front of 10 people is not good for their development".
"I think the result is quite fair in spite of the fact we were more dominant in the game", Mourinhosaid."I'm always confident but always doubtful at the same time because we don't start well many times.To have more continuity in our attacking waves you can not lose the ball so many times".
'I think the manager's tactics gave us a platform to compete with them. "I don?t know what he ate but it will be on the menu for the next games".
He nearly scored a remarkable individual goal minutes before he did find the net, producing a mazy run past five opponents before seeing his shot deflect off Andrew Surman against the post.
Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth scores his team's only goal.
"We haven't done enough defensively and weren't clinical enough in attack". Obviously that I want to play more minutes, but I respect who is playing at the moment.