Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on his playmaker, David Silva for his impressive performance against Bournemouth.
An early injury to Gabriel Jesus looked to derail City , but Raheem Sterling opened the scoring before the half hour and a Tyrone Mings own goal in the second half secured the win.
City are now second on the table and eight points behind Chelsea and Guardiola has praised Silva’s showing.
“He was amazing,” Guardiola said during a post-match news conference. “In the last 15 or 20 minutes he monopolised the ball with Kevin [De Bruyne], with Fernandinho, with all the players.
“We passed and passed and passed — it is the best way to avoid the opponents. You have the ball; there is just one ball. We have just to control the counter-attacks and it’s safer.
“We did it, for the first time this year. For the last 15 to 20 minutes we controlled the game.
“My feeling and impression after the Tottenham game [a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium last month], when we played amazing and were unlucky not to win, is our game is more stable.
“Everybody knows what they have to do and that is why we have more confidence.”