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.
️ Eddie Howe on Bournemouth's winless record against Manchester City:— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) August 23, 2019
“I wouldn’t say it frustrates me. I think it inspires me. I don’t think we will be the only team to suffer a bad record against Manchester City in recent years..."#BOUMCI pic.twitter.com/uCQe0EZ08z
"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.
"We try to embrace these challenges and not look at it fearfully.