4 things captured on Man City tunnel cam: Erling Haaland’s celebrations and Pep’s talk

Manchester City are top of the Premier League table after two wins in a row; here are four observations from the 4-0 victory over the Cherries.

Manchester City’s home season got off to a perfect start against Bournemouth on Saturday, as they won 4-0 and moved to the top of the Premier League table.

The popular Tunnel Cam feature on the club website has returned; here are some of the best unseen Blues that would have gone unnoticed over the weekend.

Haaland getting in on the act


Despite having an excellent record of two wins and two clean sheets, the majority of the post-match discussion from this City victory focused on Erling Haaland’s performance. The summer signing was making his Etihad debut, but he only made eight touches in 74 minutes.

Despite only making two passes all game, one of them was crucial, leading to Ilkay Gundogan’s opener. That opened the floodgates, and despite not scoring all day, Haaland was among the first on the scene to celebrate with his teammates after each goal. He was the first to be replaced by Phil Foden after he made it 3-0 just before halftime.

That attitude should come as music to the ears of City fans.

Guardiola’s Pep talk for debutant

Saturday was a big moment for Rico Lewis. Still only 17, the defender got his big moment from the bench with eight minutes remaining.


Naturally, as with anyone making their bow, there were bound to be some nerves for the teenager on such a big occasion. And so it was heartening to see Guardiola give him a thorough pep talk on the sidelines before ensuring he was ready to go.

Lewis has been tipped for big things and City fans will be keeping a keen eye on his progression.

Dias the vocal presence

Ruben Dias was a vocal presence in the tunnel before the pre-match warm-up and again as the players slid back to the dressing room after full-time. Dias has stood out not only for his defensive abilities, but also for his leadership, which belies his relatively young age of 25.


To emphasize this, Guardiola recently added Dias to his five-man leadership group after ex-skipper Fernandinho left.

Walker shares a joke with Parker


Bournemouth manager Scott Parker clearly did not have a good day at work.

His team struggled against City’s attacking might, perhaps predictably given that they had just risen from the Championship. They had less than a third of the ball and only one shot on goal, but they are unlikely to be the last team to have a bad day at the Etihad this season.

Despite this, and with his team trailing 3-0 at the break, Cherries manager Parker found time for a chinwag and a joke with his former Tottenham colleague Kyle Walker. They were teammates at Spurs from 2011 to 2013 and clearly get along.

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