​​Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has claimed that the team's recent poor record against ​Manchester City is proving to be an inspiration for him, and added that he is looking forward to try and stop the defending champions.

Since Howe's team gained promotion to the ​Premier League in 2015, they have failed to win against City in their eight meetings so far. In fact, the Cherries have lost all eight encounters by an aggregate score of 25-3.

Howe is aware of their failure to take even a point from the Sky Blues so far, but has claimed that such a stat is actually inspiring him to try and stop their opponents. 

"It inspires me," Howe said, according to ​Goal

"We've got to try to turn that around and use that record to inspire us in this game. I don't think we're the only team to suffer a bad record against Manchester City in recent years. They're an outstanding team and, every time we've played against them, we've come off the pitch learning more about ourselves and what we have to do to grow and become better.

"We try to embrace these challenges and not look at it fearfully. I think the two games against them last season were pretty strong (3-0 and 1-0 defeats). We felt we were competitive without showing our best attributes, but we managed to limit their main strengths for spells of the games," he concluded.

It remains to be seen if Bournemouth can finally put an end to their losing streak against Manchester City, although it does not look like Pep Guardiola's team are in any mood to take any game easily.