4 Things We Learned Following Man City's 3-1 Victory Over Bournemouth on Saturday

Man City swept aside Bournemouth  at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as they ran out deserved 3-1 winners. Goals from Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan sealed it for City after Callum Wilson had equalised for the Cherries.


It was a poor first half from Pep Guardiola's men as Bournemouth were well-worth the 1-1 half-time scoreline. However, City came out and dominated the second half as they claimed another three points to open up a five-point gap over Liverpool.


Here are four things we learned from Manchester City's victory on Saturday.

1. Man City's Squad Depth Is Scarily Impressive

Sergio Aguero  was ruled out of Saturday's fixture following a muscular injury, whilst David Silva was rested. With Kevin de Bruyne also out injured, City were arguably playing without one of their three best players for the first time in the league - not that it was an issue.


The amount of quality in depth has to be a concern to City's rival. Gabriel Jesus can come in for Aguero, when D. Silva is rested Guardiola has the small task to choose from B. Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Fabian Delph and Phil Foden. 


The squad Man City can boast is really unbelievable and it is testament to Guardiola for being able to keep so many quality players happy knowing they won't be playing every game. A wonderful manager who has now learned that even without their three best players, City are still a force to be reckoned with.

2. Callum Wilson Is Going From Strength to Strength

When Callum Wilson rose highest in the box - above City pair Nicolas Otamendi and Danilo - there was still a lot of work to do to beat the flying Ederson in goal. But Wilson was able to power his header into the far corner for his seventh Premier League goal of the season.


The Englishman - who recently made his international debut against the USA - has gone from strength to strength this campaign and it is no wonder he has caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate. Wilson is a natural finisher and at 26, he still has his best years ahead of him.


It is testament to the striker that he is still scoring goals in the Premier League after suffering two horrific ACL injuries in consecutive seasons which hampered his progress - but is now playing better than ever.

3. Bernardo Silva Could Be Even Better Than David

When the ball fell to Bernardo Silva about 12 yards out, there was a sea of red and black shirts between him and the goal - yet there was almost a sense of inevitability the little magician would soon be wheeling away in celebration. He duly struck the ball so cleanly it flew past everyone to put City 1-0 up.


It was his fourth Premier League goal of the season, boasting three assists also this campaign.  The former Monaco man is fast becoming one of Guardiola's key men. He shares his name with the Spanish David Silva - but the pair share more than just a name. 


Bernardo is following in the footsteps of David and could end up being even better. The vision he has on the ball combined with his low centre of gravity and dribbling skills makes him the perfect replacement for when David Silva decides to hang up his boots.

4. City's Flying Wingers Are a Joy to Watch

The second half performance from City wingers Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane was something special. Both consistently ran in behind Bournemouth's defence and were a nightmare to play against. 


Sane had Bournemouth's right-back Simon Francis on toast all afternoon - going past him consistently with ease and doing so for CIty's third goal as he got in behind and squared the ball to Ilkay Gundogan who tapped home from close range. 


Raheem Sterling meanwhile was singled out for praise by Guardiola for 'changing the game' as the Englishman went on a mazy run when he skipped past five Bournemouth defenders and struck the post with his resulting shot - a passage of play that delighted his boss. The pair are 22 and 23 respectively, so are only going to get better. Not that poor Simon Francis will want to hear that after today's showing.