Pep Guardiola has hailed the performances of ‘incredible’ David Silva and Gabriel Jesus after Manchester City secured a narrow 2-1 victory over struggling Bournemouth.
Silva opened the scoring after just six minutes with a stunning free-kick that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar, the Spaniard continuing his farewell to English football with another reminder of his evergreen quality.
The playmaker then turned provider as Jesus doubled City’s advantage before half-time in stunning style, collecting a pass and nutmegging Jack Stacey before evading the challenges of four Bournemouth defenders and firing home.
City have been in sensational form at the Etihad since the restart having scored 14 goals without reply in home fixtures, but Bournemouth carved out plenty of opportunities and had a goal ruled out for a marginal offside before David Brooks’ late goal set up a nervy finish.
The hosts held on, however, and Guardiola was pleased to see his side claim all three points, admitting City were strongly tested against a side fighting for Premier League survival.
“It was difficult but our opponent played really well, they were really good and they pushed us a lot. Their needs are higher than ours but we played our game,” Guardiola told BBC’s MOTD.
Guardiola reserved special praise for the performance of veteran midfielder Silva, who has been in fine form of late and continues to star at this level despite making a decision to end his decade at the Etihad this summer.
“He is in an incredible performance, he is one of the guys who came back from lockdown in an incredible position.”
The City boss was also pleased with the showing of Brazil international Jesus, the forward having led the line in the continued absence of the injured Sergio Aguero.
Jesus’ goal took his tally for the season to 21 goals in all competitions, though Guardiola insists the 23-year-old provides much more than just finishing ability.
“He is an incredible player, I said before he gives us not just goals but in the last few games he has also got the goals for us.”
City return to FA Cup action next when they face Arsenal this weekend, Guardiola’s side facing the north London outfit in the semi-finals of the competition on Saturday evening.