Aaron Martin on Manchester City radar

I don't think he went off the pitch- Otamendi backs Sterling after red card

Aaron Martin on Manchester City radar

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling travels to Bournemouth on Saturday aiming to help his team find a much-needed lethal touch in front of goal. But Guardiola will have been disappointed with the match, not least because of Walker's dubious red card.

Bournemouth had done so well to hold the Premier League favourites, at 1-1 for 95 minutes and frustration was starting to creep in for Pep Guardiola and his team.

"I would like them to explain about that as well", he said.

Although City did excite at times last season, it was often suggested that they had a number of players past their best or simply not to the standard required by a team wanting to challenge for the title.

"It is absolute madness".

But the Cherries' lead lasted just nine minutes, with Gabriel Jesus netting his eighth goal in 11 starts for City. It is always complicated against Bournemouth. Reports suggest he remained back on the City bus when it arrived at Bournemouth and he failed to make an appearance during the warm-up. "What a strength of character to hang in there and finish it like we did".

"But you see the game and watch Everton, how many chances did we create?"

"Really pleased with the players today", he said.

Sterling celebrates with his Manchester City teammates. They have got the ability to hurt you in a second and, with the amount of injury-time played, we couldn't hang on.

"It's very gutting but we can take a lot of positives from our performances", Daniels told afcbTV.

There is also a first start for Bernando Silva, who replaces Leroy Sane, while Benjamin Mendy is handed his debut at left-back and Danilo begins the contest at right-back. After police announced an investigation into the melee during the celebrations, City striker Sergio Aguero responded to video circulating on Twitter by posting: "About their steward, I did not hit anyone, this allegation is false, and the tv pictures prove it". His star could fall even further if, as expected, City try to tempt Arsenal into selling them Alexis Sanchez this week, and the win on the south coast in unlikely to have weakened Guardiola's desire for the Chilean.

"My emotions were the polar opposite to his so it is hard to see how he is feeling, but no-one wants to see red cards in moments like that", he said.

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