Bournemouth's 4-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon was not the most shocking of scorelines, considering the vast amount of top class talent at Pep Guardiola's disposal.
It was always going to be a tough afternoon for Eddie Howe's Cherries, no matter what the scoreline was after 90 minutes. Guardiola is a perfectionist and was never going to make it easy for the visitors.
The Spaniard has won all eight of his competitive games in charge, so struggling Bournemouth were going to have to turn their form around overnight in order to get anything from the Citizens.
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And, as expected, City run riot over the Premier League minnows who saw just 35.9% possession and two shots on target. Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring, before Kelechi Iheanacho doubled their lead before the break.
Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan also got on the scoresheet in the second-half, as they proved they could comfortably deal with Sergio Aguero's absence.
But despite the gulf in class between the respective side's attacking talent, Pep Guardiola was willing to compliment Howe's men, who had been completely outplayed on Saturday afternoon.
The comment seemed to be a subtle dig at Manchester United, who they beat 2-1 at Old Trafford just last weekend.
It is well known that Guardiola and United boss Jose Mourinho endured a strained relationship during their time in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, while United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic also fell out with the Spaniard during his time at the Camp Nou.
Nonetheless, it is a huge compliment for Bournemouth, with Guardiola having previously managed some of the very best attacking talent on the planet, including Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o and Robert Lewandowski.
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