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Vincent Kompany leads the Blues to victory: Man City Player Ratings vs. Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his Manchester City team mates during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on April 15, 2017 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Today’s game at St Mary’s always looked like it could be a tough fixture for the Blues, and it looked like we could struggle after missing a whole host of chances in the first half and being denied a clear penalty. Thankfully, Vincent Kompany came to the rescue, heading home to break the deadlock. The Blues eventually ran out 3-0 winners, and were fully deserving of the win.

Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the performances of City’s players.

Claudio Bravo – 7

Despite a few Southampton chances in the first half, the Chilean ‘keeper wasn’t troubled and secured a rare clean sheet.

Jesus Navas – 6.5

Starting in full-back once again, Navas looked uncomfortable up against the tricky Nathan Redmond. The Spaniard had some very good moments going forward, such as his role in City’s third goal, but he was turned inside-out on a couple of occasions and capped off a mediocre display with an embarrassing foul throw.

Vincent Kompany – 9 (Man of the Match)

Starting his second game in the space of 10 days, Vincent Kompany staked his claim for a regular spot in Pep Guardiola’s XI with a superb performance. The Belgian rose highest from David Silva’s corner to score the winner, and performed his defensive duties excellently throughout the game.

Great to see him back to his best.

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Nicolas Otamendi – 8.5

Having a top-class defender like Vincent Kompany playing next to you is bound to help any centre-back, and that looks to have been the case with Nicolas Otamendi today. The Argentine looked composed at the back, and his passing in between the lines helped the Blues to break down a stubborn Southampton side.

Gael Clichy – 7.5

Clichy has attracted a lot of (deserved) criticism this season, but didn’t put a foot wrong at St. Mary’s today.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8

I think we need to review how we judge a Kevin De Bruyne performance. He just isn’t a David Silva or a Yaya Touré who is going to dominate a game. What he is, is a match-winner. He will give you one or two goalscoring opportunities a match, and that is what makes him so valuable to us.

He wasn’t quite at his best today, but could have registered an assist after just four minutes when he played Aguero in on goal. Unfortunately, the Argentine striker dragged his shot wide. His part in City’s second goal, however, was fantastic, playing a delightful one-two with David Silva, before squaring to Leroy Sané to finish. He then added his second assist of the game with an inch-perfect cross to Sergio Aguero. Crucial moments.

Fernandinho – 7.5

Fernandinho is arguably having his worst season since joining the club, but he was solid throughout this game and can be pleased with his performance.

Yaya Touré – 8

Yaya has put in a few sub-par performances in recent weeks, but the big Ivorian was back to his best today. He helped the Blues to dominate the game from start to finish, and his delightful bit of skill in the first half was a joy to behold.

David Silva – 6.5

I’m one of his biggest fans, but Silva was poor today. His final ball was uncharacteristically lacking in quality, and it looked like it would be a game to forget for the Spaniard. After causing a number of counter attacks to break down, he redeemed himself with a defence-splitting pass for Kevin De Bruyne, who put the ball on a plate for Sané to tap home for City’s second.

Leroy Sané – 8

Leroy Sané turned in another impressive performance in the week that he was nominated for the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award. He was wrongfully denied a penalty by Neil Swarbrick after he was brought down in the area by Fraser Forster, but didn’t let it affect him as he went on to score City’s second goal.

Sergio Aguero – 7

Sergio could have scored three or four today – he was really wasteful. In fact, he could have had two in the first four minutes, but squandered chances after being set up by Gael Clichy and Kevin De Bruyne. Thankfully, it didn’t matter all that much, and he was able to save some face when he headed in City’s third.

Subs:

Pablo Zabaleta – N/A

Came on for David Silva in the 86th minute.

Raheem Sterling – N/A

Came on for Leroy Sané in the 86th minute.

Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A

Came on for Sergio Aguero in the 87th minute.

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