Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) and with Raheem Sterling celebrate their side's second goal against Bournemouth.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) and with Raheem Sterling celebrate their side's second goal against Bournemouth. GERRY PENNY

City into second after win over Bournemouth

FOOTBALL: Manchester City has closed the gap to Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League to eight points but manager Pep Guardiola says it is still too big to close.

City won 2-0 at Bournemouth to move second on the EPL ladder, eight points behind the Blues.

But while he was happy with the win, Guardiola was adamant his team would struggle to catch Chelsea.

"The gap is too big," he told Sky Sports, after celebrating a goal from Raheem Sterling and another that was credited to Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings, although Sergio Aguero was still claiming it.

"Yesterday they (Chelsea) didn't win (in a 1-1 draw with Burnley) but they play so solid, it's so difficult to create chances (against them).

"The gap is still so massive. It's important is for us to focus on our game, and improve our performance, and my feeling in the last games is our performances are much, much better."

The only downside to the win was an ankle injury to teenage Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who was replaced by Aguero in the first half.

"Tomorrow morning, we'll know exactly - but hopefully, hopefully ... I'm going to pray tonight that it's not going to be a big issue," Guardiola said.

News Corp Australia


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