Man City boss Guardiola hails Doku after rout of Bournemouth

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted with his players for their 6-1 rout of Bournemouth.

Jeremy Doku scored once and had a hand in four others as City thrashed the Cherries on Saturday. Bernardo Silva struck twice, with Manuel Akanji, Phil Foden and Nathan Ake also scoring.

Guardiola said of Doku afterwards, “What surprised me the most is how we knew his one on ability but how clever he is when he has to take a decision, it’s really good. Sometimes he attracts one two or three layers and his decision is really good to take the extra pass.

“I have a feeling he understands everything so we say some comments, maybe you should do this and reflect and he says yes and applies immediately. He understands the game really well. He is incredible threat, so aggressive close to the box so good there. I don’t want to change the skills that he is but so far every game he has played he has played well especially here at home.”

On an ankle injury for Erling Haaland, the manager added: “He twisted the ankle. Hopefully not a big issue. We’ll see in the next hours and days.”

He also said: “This team surprise me a lot. After 11 games we are close, we will see after another weekend. Top of the league, Champions League we have done what we need to do. The way we are training, the dedication and commitment, we have incredible captains leading.

“In every training session they know they have to play good and they think ‘I have to otherwise my mate is going to play’ and that is the secret. They have the passion to play and let’s continue, Tuesday then Sunday, we will see at the end what is our level.”

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