Another game, another win for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. City fans may be forgiven for getting carried away, after their side made it five wins from five in the Premier League. It was comfortable for City from the first minute onwards, with Bournemouth applying little pressure in the City half, and failing to deal with City’s attacking stars in their own. Let’s take a look at how the individual players fared, in City’s 4-0 win over The Cherries.
Claudio Bravo – 7
Dealt with whatever he had to do well, including a good save at the start of the second half from Callum Wilson. Very good with his feet, as always.
Bacary Sagna – 6.5
Wasn’t really challenged defensively, and didn’t have all that much to do in the final third.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6.5
Nico only played 50 minutes, before being taken off for John Stones in what looked to be a pre-planned change for rotational purposes. Like the rest of his defensive counterparts, he had little to do.
Aleks Kolarov – 7.5
Aleks scores higher than his fellow defenders due to his influence in the final third. His cross-field passes to Sterling helped to put City on the front foot, and his long range shots tested Boruc in the Bournemouth goal on a number of occasions.
Gael Clichy – 6.5
Gael hasn’t played much football recently, mostly due to the outstanding form of Aleks Kolarov. He did okay today, but did look slightly rusty. He was a good option on the left hand side, but was soft in the tackle on occasion.
Fernandinho – 7
City’s captain for the day didn’t let his side down, and was his usual energetic self in the middle of the park. Fernandinho made countless interceptions to nullify the Bournemouth attack, and will hopefully receive a much needed rest against Swansea.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Ilkay had a very quiet first half on his Premier League debut, but settled down in the second half and managed to grab his first City goal with a lovely finish.
Raheem Sterling – 8.5
Raheem was back to his best today after two mediocre performances against Manchester United and Gladbach. He assisted Kelechi’s goal beautifully, scored one himself, and was a constant thorn in the side of Bournemouth, giving Charlie Daniels a torrid time.
Kevin De Bruyne – 9 (Man of the Match)
I’m running out of superlatives to describe this man. He looked a little lost in the first few Premier League games, but my word, he looks exceptional. A wonderful free kick to open the scoring, a lovely assist to seal the win, and a huge part played in the other two goals. Absolutely quality, Kevin.
Nolito – 5
Nolito was very quiet today in general, and didn’t have much influence on the game apart from a lovely sweeping pass which helped to put City 2-0 up. His sending off in the 86th minute for a ‘headbutt’ is reflected in his rating. Pure stupidity from the Spaniard, who will now miss City’s next three games.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 8
Kelechi continues to take his chance in the absence of Sergio Aguero, picking up a goal and an assist today. His goalscoring record for a player of that age is absolutely remarkable, a real star. Keep it up, Kelechi!
John Stones – 6.5
Brought on for Otamendi in the 50th minute, Stones had little to do, but looked his composed self on the ball, and did what was required of him.
Leroy Sané – 6.5
The German is still obviously short of match fitness, and while he has showed glimpses of his talent so far, he looks slightly off the pace. This will hopefully be rectified if he gets a few starts during Nolito’s suspension.
Aleix Garcia – 7
The 19 year old came on for Kevin De Bruyne with 20 minutes to go for his first appearance of the season and looked right at home. His passing ability is exceptional and could turn out to be a valuable asset this season. A real talent.
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