City stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home to Everton after completely dominating the game. Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also missed a penalty each as City dropped points for the second successive game.
Claudio Bravo – 6
Bravo literally had nothing to do. He wasn’t even involved in the build-up as the ball never even reached him – such was how deep Everton decided to play. That said, I felt he could’ve done a little better with his angles for Lukaku’s goal.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6
Dealt with Everton’s runners very well though I think he should’ve crossed over more to help deal with Lukaku who was clearly picking on Clichy. Otherwise, he used the ball well enough in possession and spent most of his time camped inside Everton’s half.
John Stones – 6
A very similar performance to Otamendi. Kept the back three organized and did what was asked of him without making any major mistakes.
Gael Clichy – 4
Beaten far too easily for Lukaku’s goal. He saw the break coming and rightfully jockeyed Lukaku until support arrived. But why in the world did he show him on to his stronger left-foot? Why not show him onto his right where Fernandinho was closing in on him? It was a costly decision and I have no doubt Pep will punish him for it.
Fernandinho – 8
Played in his usual position and absolutely bossed the middle of the park. He cleaned up nearly every loose ball and constantly supplied the attackers with quality through-balls.
Ilkay Gundogan – 8
A much better performance from the German. He’s had a slow start to the season, as expected, but he’s finally making his way back into form. Played very deep alongside Fernandinho and was excellent with the ball and without it. Gundogan is a tenacious tackler as well as a creative player.
David Silva – 8 (Man of the Match)
A very good performance from David Silva who won Man of the Match. He was dangerous in the final third and found himself in good positions, winning the penalty and assisting Nolito’s header with a lovely cross. Our best attacker today.
Leroy Sane – 6.5
Sane started extremely brightly on the right-hand side, picking on Bryan Oviedo and creating a few dangerous chances too. But he was unable to sustain his good form in the second half where he slowly found himself marginalised after he swapped wings with Raheem Sterling.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6
De Bruyne was supposed to be out for several weeks but found himself starting the first game of the international break. Come to think of it, Kompany was injured around the same time too and he came too on for a few minutes. I wonder what Dr Ramon Cugat fed them in Barcelona?
Anyways, De Bruyne wasn’t at his best today, looking understandably rusty and failing to pick out any killer passes. He combined well with Sane in the opening stages but struggled to recreate that with Raheem Sterling.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Another decent performance from Raheem even though nothing went his way. He was constant threat out-wide and used his trickery and pace to beat defenders to find himself in dangerous positions. It’s nice to see that even when things aren’t going his way, he won’t shirk responsibility and will try to make something happen.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 6.5
A quiet game from Kelechi. He didn’t do much wrong and even held the ball up well; it’s just that he was far too deep for my liking which meant there was no real presence in the box. This formation needed a focal point on the last shoulder of the defender and that just wasn’t there today.
Sergio Aguero – 5
It’s now four penalties missed for Sergio Aguero this season for club and country and two in the last three days. All players at one point in their careers have dips when it comes to taking penalties (even the very best) and it looks like Aguero’s time has arrived. Perhaps a little time off duty will do the man who is usually so reliable from 12 years the world of good.
Nolito – 7
Back after his suspension and scored a vital goal. Nolito understands this system well and always gets good numbers whenever he plays. Don’t be surprised to see him bench Sane (who hasn’t staked a claim in his absence) for the foreseeable future.
Vincent Kompany – N/A
Nice to see him finish a game. Even if he did come on in added time.
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