Howe expecting toughest test

Howe expecting toughest test

Eddie Howe is well aware his Bournemouth side face the toughest of tests this weekend against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

Guardiola has made an instant impact at City since taking over in the summer, overseeing seven wins from seven games in both the Premier League and Champions League so far.

The Cherries are the next side tasked with stopping them on Saturday and Howe is expecting a severe examination.

He said: "I think they're an outstanding team. Individually I think they've got outstanding players and they've got a manager who, in my opinion, is right at the very top.

"I think the biggest compliment I can give him is the impact he's had on that team so early - you can see when they play he's stamped his authority on that team.

"They've started the season incredibly well. When I watch them play, I enjoy it - and it's rare for me to say that when I watch an opponent play. They've been very impressive."