?Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised the performance of his players in Monday night’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and substitute Sergio Aguero were enough to see off the challenge of Eddie Howe’s side, and City climbed to second in the league with the victory.
Guardiola admitted he expected a tough game, and claimed to be ‘especially pleased’ with the display of his team.
“I was especially pleased with the performance, that’s why we got the result,” Guardiola said – ?via City’s official website. “We could have scored more goals so we played a good game in one of the toughest games away.
“I know how tough Bournemouth are. Except 10 minutes in the second half when they pushed a lot, we controlled it and our build up is much, much better.
“Every player is more in the position and I’m so happy for all the players because they played a really good performance.
“We know how the gap between all the teams is so close, between second and sixth. Today we started the game in fifth position in the Premier League and now we are second so it means everybody is there.
“It’s so up and down and you know if lose you a game you are going to be down so it will be a good battle to qualify for the Champions League next season.
“We saw in the games against Arsenal and Liverpool how tough and how dangerous Bournemouth are and we made a real performance in all senses except 10 minutes in the second half when they pushed a lot.
“Tomorrow morning we will know exactly [the extent of the injury],” Guardiola added. “Hopefully – I will pray tonight – it will not be a big issue.”