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As expected, U.S. global Zack Steffen was handed his first start in a Manchester City uniform in their Carabao Cup showdown against Bournemouth on Wednesday and made a winning debut as the three-time reigning champions began their title defense with a 2-1 win. Delap, the son of former Stoke Manchester City defender Rory, scored the opener for Pep Guardiola's side in the 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium, running on to Phil Foden's through ball and firing past Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers.

The teenage striker would end up playing the full 90 minutes on debut - scoring with his one and only shot of the game.

With Sergio Aguero still battling a knee injury, Guardiola said Delap would have more opportunities to impress. "At 17, Liam is a different striker to what we have in terms of physicality". We see in training how good a finisher he is.

"We are delighted with his performance - he played really well".

"Well the goal we conceded was nearly unstoppable. We will use him", Guardiola said.

"He was calm. He was safe".

Ilkay Gundogan tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of season opener

Gundogan is likely to miss three matches for City while he self-isolates, including Monday's league clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Thursday's League Cup tie against Bournemouth and Sunday's league game against Leicester City.

The Foxes have also won their first two matches of the new campaign and scored seven goals in the process as they look to pose a challenge for City's defence.

"We knew when we saw the schedule, when we started, that it is tough, but we always go", he said. "It is always hard and it will be no exception", Guardiola said of facing Leicester.

"But he played a brilliant game, together with John (Stones), and I think it is really important for them to start really well, and you see that when they have a lot of confidence, they can be very important players".

"I'm young and I think I have a lot of room for improvement, so I thought he was the right man to help me with this".



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