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Walker and KDB impress as Blues overcome Seagulls: Man City Player Ratings vs. Brighton

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Ederson – 6

It was a rather quiet debut for Ederson, with Brighton not actually forcing him into a lot of action. Aside from flapping at a cross in the second half he looked composed for the most part. Due to Brighton sitting so deep we didn’t get to see much of his distribution skills, but he was always willing to offer an option to the defence, even if it wasn’t needed.

Vincent Kompany – 6

Kompany did his job well today, snuffing out counter attacks whenever they occurred. His most important contribution was blocking a shot straight after Ederson dropped a cross, sparing him an embarrassing debut. Despite that his distribution was often poor today, misplacing simple passes needed to advance the play.

John Stones – 6.5

Efficient is the word that springs to mind when considering Stones’ performance. Sitting in the middle of the back three his job was to direct traffic and he did that well. Steady, solid passing and defending to match led to a quiet, but nonetheless pleasing, showing.

Nicolás Otamendi – 6.5

Much like the rest of the defensive line Otamendi had a good showing. He was great at driving beyond the opposition forwards with the ball and overloading the midfield. With some better movement ahead of him City might have been able to take the lead much sooner.

Fernandinho – 5.5

The first half was poor, very poor. Fernandinho was a big reason City struggled to break down Brighton during the first 45 minutes. His passing was wayward and on top of that his pass selection left a lot to be desired. I also feel he was switching the play too soon before Brighton had been completely attracted to one side of the pitch. To his credit he corrected a lot of this in the second half and as a result the team looked a lot better.

Kyle Walker – 7

An excellent debut. Isn’t it refreshing to see a full-back in a City shirt who is able to dominate an entire flank single handedly for a full 90 minutes? That’s exactly what Walker did today and his threat down the right hand side served to open up the half-spaces for David Silva and De Bruyne to dictate the play.

Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5 (Man of the Match)

After a quiet first half the Belgian settled and really began to pull the strings. He began to improve when he started moving deeper to receive the ball in front of Brighton’s midfield. With less pressure he was able to probe with his excellent passing and rotations with Walker on the right-hand side.

David Silva – 7.5

That pass. It was absolutely perfect and served up the opener to Agüero on a silver platter. Silva once again put on a clinic when it comes to keeping hold of the ball and wearing out the opposition. He was all over the pitch, constantly on the ball and in tandem with De Bruyne wore down Brighton to the point they posed no threat for the last half an hour.

Danilo – 6

Not a standout performance, but Danilo performed well enough. He did his job holding the width for the team but his tendency to cut back on to his right foot often killed the attacking momentum for City.

Gabriel Jesus – 6.5

Jesus showed he has more to his game than just goals today. He was especially effective early in the second half as he began to drop off from the front line to overload Brighton’s midfield. This is probably how the partnership between he and Agüero will work and it seems Jesus can fulfill the role of a withdrawn striker fairly well.

Sergio Agüero – 6.5

Despite scoring Agüero was anonymous for large parts of the game, never really getting involved with the side’s build up. He also missed a sitter midway through the first half that I’d have put my life on him scoring. Despite that he was still razor sharp when a second opportunity presented itself and his clinical finish granted City some much needed relief in what was looking like a bore draw.

Subs:

Leroy Sané – 5.5

Didn’t really add anything when he was introduced, despite being brought on to offer a greater attacking threat than Danilo. A lot of his play was poor and sloppy, not a good start to the season.

Raheem Sterling – 6.5

Raheem looked very bright when he came on. His movement was sharp and he looked threatening almost immediately. Pre-season has shown us that he definitely has the ability to be dangerous playing just behind Agüero and his cameo this evening served to further enforce that notion.

Bernardo Silva – 6

Much like Sterling, his movement was sharp the moment he took to the field. Numerous times he managed to free himself between the lines and I’m sure if City weren’t comfortably leading these instances could have merited something other than the retention of possession. Plenty of promise from his very brief debut.

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