City earned three points against a lacklustre West Ham side on the back of a terrific performance in the first half. The second half was hard work and giving away a silly goal won’t please Pep Guardiola, but overall the win was deserved. Here are our player ratings.
Willy Caballero – 6
Was suspect for the goal but his distribution did look a lot better than it had in previous games. Didn’t really have much to do.
Pablo Zabaleta – 6
Pressed really well for the majority of the match and his distribution was effective. Was slightly at fault for the West Ham goal as he didn’t know how to approach Masuaku.
John Stones – 8
Stones had a terrific game throughout as he led the defence and continually played vertical passes into the midfield. He is already our most important defender, if you can’t see that then football isn’t for you.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
He looked very good alongside both Stones and Kolarov and his tackle on Antonio in the first half potentially saved a goal. He gave away a silly free kick on the 86th minute by sliding in, he needs to eradicate these moments.
Gael Clichy – 6
I was tempted to give him a five for how he dealt with Antonio on the goal, but Clichy isn’t really an aerial threat so it’s difficult to mark him down too much. His pace was a nullifier of West Ham’s counter attack tactics and he did well in possession.
Fernandinho – 8
He is pivotal to how we play because he seems to be able to do multiple jobs at the same time. He is disciplined in our half yet in the final third he played with freedom and spread the ball economically around the forward players.
David Silva – 9
Some of our fanbase think David Silva is past it, but he proved today that he was still up to the task. He was the best of the midfield trio as he constantly threaded good passes to Nolito, Aguero, Nasri and Sterling.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
De Bruyne was again a little inconsistent throughout the game, but this is probably just a period of adjustment. His delivery was often perfect, but he sometimes lingered on the ball in promising situations.
Raheem Sterling – 9 (Man of the Match)
The boo boys will have to shut up eventually, as he keeps putting in elite-level performances. His two goals were both well taken and he absolutely tore Masuaku and Byram apart over the course of the match.
Nolito – 8
Nolito isn’t the flashiest player in the world, but he really appears to be remarkably efficient in the final third. His movement is amazing and he also uses the ball well, he again proved he is a bargain at the small fee of £14.9 million.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Sergio wasn’t quite up to scratch today, but he linked play relatively well and didn’t give the ball away. In his defence, we didn’t give him a single chance today.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 7
I was a major sceptic of the Kolarov at Center back experiment, but Pep has proven me wrong. His range of passing is actually good and he is comfortable bringing the ball into midfield to create transitions. He steadied the ship well.
Samir Nasri – 7
If I were Pep Guardiola, I’d be ringing up Besiktas and telling them the deal for Samir Nasri is off. He looks really comfortable linking up with the rest of the attackers and he changed the dimension of the attack when he came on.
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