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Sterling shines in the sun, Silva majestic on 300th appearance: Man City Player Ratings vs. Hull

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City (R) takes the ball away from Andrew Robertson of Hull City (L) during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Hull City at Etihad Stadium on April 8, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Claudio Bravo – 6

Another error from the stopper cost City the clean sheet but the importance of his contribution to the result should not be ignored. He once again demonstrated his phenomenal ability on the ball, making several fantastic switches of play to the unmarked Gael Clichy. It’s just a shame he can’t eradicate the errors from his game, as the team simply functions better with him in it.

Jesus Navas – 6

Much better than his last two outings. He was much more consistent with his final third contributions and provided several teasing crosses, including one that lead to the opening (own) goal. It should be noted that his poor defensive awareness was a factor in Hull’s consolation goal.

John Stones – 7

A very assured performance from the young centre-back who seems to be improving week in and week out. On several occasions his reading of the game was fantastic and his distribution of the ball was exceptional once again.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 7.5

Much of the plaudits given to Stones can also be given to Kolarov as well. Solid, comfortable and reliable are the words that spring to mind when thinking about his performance today. Also, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing him hammer 60 yard diagonal passes to Sterling, beautiful.

Gael Clichy – 5.5

Given his recent form, it was comforting to see Gael have such an anonymous game. He did nothing particularly well, or badly. Not a bad performance to turn in given how poor he has been recently.

Yaya Touré – 6

A very solid and professional performance. He kept the ball moving nicely and did a good job of helping break the Hull city press. Far from his domineering best though, on a few occasions he was dispossessed in dangerous areas and had Hull had more quality City may have been punished for it.

Fabian Delph – 6.5

I’m probably being slightly harsh here, given he scored a great goal in the second half. But his first half performance was relatively poor. He made some poor passes and often his pass selection and positioning was less than optimal. The second half was much better in almost every aspect and fully warranted a goal to mark the improvement.

Raheem Sterling – 8.5 (Man of the Match)

What a wonderful performance it was. From the first minute to the last he wreaked havoc in the Hull half and his ability to beat his man lead to plenty of opportunities for City to stretch the opposition defence. The improvement in his performances over the course of the season has been astounding and I’m sure Pep will be hoping he can improve even further over the coming years.

David Silva – 8

Whilst Sterling was phenomenal, he was not alone in tearing the Hull defence apart. Once again David Silva reminded everyone why some of the pre-match discussion was centered around him possibly being City’s greatest every player. He’s just an incredible player to watch and today was no exception. His ability to receive the ball in front of the defence and draw players to him is unparalleled and this coupled with his knack for timing the pass to perfection saw him at the heart of everything positive that City produced this afternoon.

Leroy Sané – 5

A poor showing from Sané today as his end product and decision making were below the standards of his previous performances this year. The fact that Pep was animatedly discussing his performance with him before letting him sit on the bench highlights just how disappointing he was today.

Sergio Agüero – 7.5

Another game, another goal. A very strong showing today, and in all aspects of his game as well. He was great when dropping deep to help with the build and showed good awareness to pick his head up and find the best option to advance the play.

Subs:

Fernando – 6

Came on to do a job, he did it.

Nolito – 6

Looked lively when he came on and had two decent efforts on goal, hopefully this sparks an increase in the amount of game time he receives moving forward.

Kelechi Iheanacho – 5.5

Nothing much to say here, made very little difference to the team when he came on. This is probably due to the fact that City were looking to shut the game down at this point.

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