Bournemouth manager Scott Parker explains why Man City are the best side he’s ever faced

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The 41-year-old feels Manchester City are the best-coached team in the Premier League.

Scott Parker has lavished praise onto Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, following the champions’ 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Blues claimed a comfortable victory in their first home game of the new campaign and were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden.

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City added another after the break when Jefferson Lerma inadvertently turned the ball into his own goal from a Joao Cancelo cross in the 79th minute.

It was a game that was dominated by the hosts, with Bournemouth managing just one shot on target all game, with the gulf in quality between the two sides evident.

After the game, Parker admitted he was in awe of the way City played and, despite facing sides coached by Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho, feels it’s Guardiola’s men who are the best he’s ever come up against.

“One million per cent they are the best team, everything about them,” Parker responded. “They are the most well-coached team, functionally, technically, everything about their game model is very difficult to play against.

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Parker was full of praise for Guardiola’s side. Credit: Getty.Parker was full of praise for Guardiola’s side. Credit: Getty.
Parker was full of praise for Guardiola’s side. Credit: Getty. | AFP via Getty Images

“It is not just the quality they are playing at, but obviously they dominate the ball. Even positionally they are so well coached. You often find they always have it locked down.”

“The quality they possess, the levels were different, we played against a world-class team,” he added.

“I said before we would have to ride our luck and take the very few chances you get and, after, the quality comes through.”

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