July 19, 2024
Manchester Metropolis v Bournemouth
Manchester City's Jeremy Doku celebrates scoring the opening goal against Bournemouth
Jeremy Doku was closely concerned in Manchester Metropolis’s first 5 targets in opposition to Bournemouth

Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola says the membership have discovered one other supreme younger expertise in 21-year-old Belgium wide-man Jeremy Doku.

The £55.4m summer time signing from Rennes scored the opener and added 4 assists as Metropolis cruised to a 6-1 Premier League success in opposition to Bournemouth.

Doku is famous for his direct operating however his contribution to second-half targets for Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva had been very good – the primary involving a fragile cross to set the England man up, the second a sweeping cross-field cross that created the opening for a fragile chipped end Guardiola likened to Lionel Messi.

“He creates one thing for the gang,” stated Guardiola. “When he takes the ball everybody will get excited – me too.”

Doku’s opener got here after he feigned to shoot from the sting of the world however as an alternative performed a exact one-two with Rodri earlier than delivering a shot to the nook.

He beat the shut attentions of the Bournemouth defence earlier than slicing the ball again from the by-line to create Metropolis’s second for Bernardo on a day when striker Erling Haaland solely lasted 45 minutes after struggling a twisted ankle that makes him a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Swiss aspect Younger Boys.

It was a terrific efficiency from somebody who wanted a little bit of cajoling from his supervisor to ship the form of expertise that introduced him to Metropolis’s consideration within the first place.

“The primary sport I noticed him in was on TV in opposition to Fulham once I was recovering with my again,” he stated. “He was so shy.

“We talked about that. I requested him why he was right here, why Manchester Metropolis had determined to spend money on him. For his expertise. What are his expertise? Dribbling, be aggressive. Had he carried out all of it his life? Do it [here].

“It’s troublesome to discover a participant as we speak with the power to dribble in small areas. He is one of many quickest gamers in 5m. It is unimaginable how he can change the rhythm in 5m.”

Guardiola performs down Haaland harm concern

In beating Bournemouth, Metropolis prolonged their document of successful each dwelling sport they’ve performed in all competitions in 2023 to 22. They’re now on a run of 14 successive victories in opposition to Bournemouth. Their 13 straight league wins in opposition to the Cherries is a Premier League document.

And, as Guardiola identified, they achieved their largest win of the season with none important contribution from Haaland, who evidently felt ache in his ankle simply earlier than the break and flexed his leg a few occasions as he spoke to Julian Alvarez on his solution to the dressing room.

At Borussia Dortmund, Haaland had harm points which led to 3 absences of round a month. Since he got here to the Premier League, essentially the most he has sat out is a few matches.

Nevertheless, Guardiola did not appear too involved in regards to the Norwegian, who has scored 65 occasions in 69 video games for Metropolis.

“It was a twist with the ankle,” he stated.

“I did not converse with the docs. We are going to see within the subsequent days… however hopefully,” added Guardiola in relation to the Younger Boys sport.

Scott’s Bournemouth harm concern

Bournemouth suffered one other important blow along with harm to their aim distinction on a day when even restricted pre-match expectations proved past them.

Younger midfielder Alex Scott solely made his debut a fortnight in the past after arriving from Bristol Metropolis in the summertime with an harm.

The 20-year-old, nicknamed the Guernsey Grealish after a formidable efficiency for his outdated membership on this similar stadium final season, seemed to be operating off a useless leg when he was confronted by Rodri within the Metropolis field.

The block sort out that resulted left Scott on the ground and in apparent ache. There was no probability of him persevering with and because the £25m man was helped to the dressing room, Iraola had a consoling phrase.

“It’s the different knee, one thing inside it,” stated Iraola.

“He says it does not really feel it’s unhealthy however till he has been seen by the docs we can’t say.”

Participant of the match

DokuJérémy Doku

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad quantity10Participant identifyChristie

  2. Squad quantity14Participant identifyScott

  3. Squad quantity9Participant identifySolanke

  4. Squad quantity29Participant identifyBilling

  5. Squad quantity3Participant identifyKerkez

  6. Squad quantity5Participant identifyKelly

  7. Squad quantity6Participant identifyMepham

  8. Squad quantity16Participant identifyTavernier

  9. Squad quantity25Participant identifySenesi

  10. Squad quantity37Participant identifyAarons

  11. Squad quantity20Participant identifyRadu

  12. Squad quantity17Participant identifySinisterra

  13. Squad quantity27Participant identifyZabarnyi

  14. Squad quantity24Participant identifySemenyo

  15. Squad quantity8Participant identifyRothwell

  16. Squad quantity19Participant identifyKluivert


Man Metropolis

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 25Akanji
  • 5StonesSubstituted forLewisat 71′minutes
  • 6Aké
  • 2Walker
  • 16RodriSubstituted forPhillipsat 71′minutes
  • 8Kovacic
  • 11Doku
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forBobbat 85′minutes
  • 19ÁlvarezSubstituted forNunesat 71′minutes
  • 9HaalandSubstituted forFodenat 45′minutes


  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 4Phillips
  • 10Grealish
  • 18Ortega
  • 24Gvardiol
  • 27Nunes
  • 47Foden
  • 52Bobb
  • 82Lewis


Formation 5-4-1

  • 20Radu
  • 37Aarons
  • 6MephamSubstituted forSenesiat 45′minutes
  • 27Zabarnyi
  • 5Kelly
  • 3Kerkez
  • 10Christie
  • 14ScottSubstituted forRothwellat 44′minutes
  • 29BillingBooked at 32minsSubstituted forSemenyoat 71′minutes
  • 16TavernierSubstituted forSinisterraat 72′minutes
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forKluivertat 85′minutes


  • 7Brooks
  • 8Rothwell
  • 11Ouattara
  • 15A Smith
  • 17Sinisterra
  • 19Kluivert
  • 24Semenyo
  • 25Senesi
  • 42Travers

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