Three out of three for Manchester City in the first week of the season. It wasn’t perfect today, but again the Blues negotiated a tricky fixture and came away with a vital three points. Here’s how I rated the players.
Willy Caballero – 6
Made a great save in the first half and could do nothing with the penalty. His distribution at times was horrendous, though.
Pablo Zabaleta – 6
Struggled to contain the tricky Arnautovic, who gave the Argentine a torrid afternoon.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Dealt very well with the physical threat of Diouf, and was very impressive when in possession of the ball.
John Stones – 8 (Man of the Match)
Carried on his good vein of form with another steady showing. His composure on the ball is astounding. Has settled in seamlessly.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 7
Could and maybe should have conceded a penalty in the first half. Played some superb cross field passes into Navas and continues his improved performances.
Fernandinho – 7
Buzzing with energy as you’d expect, but his use off the ball was poor at times. Made some excellent tackles in the second half.
Jesus Navas – 6
Same old story. Plenty of endeavour and effort, but the final ball again let him down.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6
A delightful cross for Aguero’s second but his passing and movement was way below par.
David Silva – 7
Immediately took control of the game, and his off the ball movement was sublime. Constantly finding pockets of space.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Another impressive performance. Set up Nolito with a very unselfish pass and was a constant menace throughout. He is also pressing and defends well under the new manager.
Sergio Aguero – 8
Cometh the hour cometh the man. Dispatched his penalty with ease, and added another courtesy of a bullet header. The match winner.
Nolito – 7
Came on and wrapped up the game with an easy finish following some great work from Iheanacho, before tapping into an empty net from Sterling’s pass.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 7
His composure and maturity is beyond his years. Did brilliantly to set up Nolito for his goal, and his awareness for the fourth was top class.
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