Well, that is what you call ‘cutting it fine’! City dominated against Swansea in the first half, but seemed shellshocked by the Swans’ fightback in the second-half, and when the Welsh side drew level, it felt like it was going to be one of those days. Thankfully, City’s new boy, Gabriel Jesus, came to the rescue to secure all three points for the Blues.
Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the individual performances of the players:
Willy Caballero – 7
The Argentine looked comfortable with the ball at his feet and made a quality save from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick at the start of the second half. Will feel hard done by to have let in Sigurdsson’s equaliser, with his view obstructed by an offside Swansea player.
Fernandinho – 6.5
It was mooted during pre-season that Fernandinho could be a potential answer to City’s right-back problems, but today was the first time we actually saw the plan in action. The dynamic Brazilian did okay for the most part, looking assured in possession and getting up and down the flanks well. Slightly off the pace at times, but that is to be expected after four games out.
John Stones – 6.5
Despite not looking like the most physical of defenders, Stones has dealt well with the bigger strikers this season. After pocketing Andy Carroll on Wednesday, Stones didn’t give Fernando Llorente a sniff all game. Unfortunately, he seems to struggle with the more tricky players, and probably should have gotten closer to Gylfi Sigurdsson for Swansea’s equaliser.
Aleks Kolarov – 7.5
Eyebrows are naturally raised when Aleksandar Kolarov’s name appears on the team sheet, but he was probably City’s best defender today. Like Stones, Kolarov dealt well with Llorente’s physicality, and brought the ball out of defence on a number of occasions.
Gael Clichy – 6.5
He’s been criticised constantly throughout the season, but Gael did okay today. Apart from the odd misplaced pass, he defended well and managed to support the attackers on occasion.
Yaya Touré – 8
Another good performance from Yaya, who has somehow cemented his name on the team-sheet after being exiled at the start of the season. The Ivorian was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet after Lukasz Fabianski made a stunning save from his free-kick in the first-half.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
Kevin looked threatening in the first half, and has impressed in a deeper role in recent weeks, but seemed to fade in the second-half today as Swansea came into the game.
David Silva – 8.5
Silva was excellent in the first half, and it was his bit of skill which led to City’s opener. Unfortunately, like his midfield counterpart, he drifted in the second half, and spurned two decent chances to get his team a second goal. Thankfully, Merlin came up with the goods when it mattered, supplying a delightful cross to Gabriel Jesus, who prodded home at the second time of asking to win the game.
Raheem Sterling – 6
Not good enough from him today. Unintentionally grabbed the assist for the first goal, but was largely wasteful in possession and should have been replaced a lot earlier. Consistency a bit of an issue for Raheem at the moment.
Leroy Sané – 8
Saw a lot of the ball in the first half due to how narrow and compact Swansea were playing, and the German was a constant thorn in their side. Didn’t quite see as much of the ball in the second half and therefore couldn’t influence the game as much as he would have liked. Still, another decent performance from the winger.
Gabriel Jesus – 9 (Man of the Match)
Man of the Match. He has to be. In City’s time of need, he stepped up, scoring both of the Blues’ goals. It’s not just his goals though – his work rate is phenomenal, and his beautiful back heel to Silva should have resulted in a goal. Sergio Aguero is going to find it very hard to get back into this team with Jesus around. 19 years old. What a talent.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7
Brought on to replace Kevin De Bruyne, Zaba slotted into Fernandinho’s position at right-back and did well, making some crucial tackles with the game still in the balance.
Sergio Aguero – 6
He’s hard to watch at the moment. You know that he is feeling the pressure, and is trying too hard. He did well to get involved in the game, but held onto the ball slightly too long (as per usual) and then missed a sitter in the final seconds of the game. Hopefully he can return to form soon, but he is really struggling at the moment.
Fernando – N/A
No time to mark.
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