Claudio Bravo – 6
After listening to the inspirational Mark Lawrenson suggest that Sergio Agüero should start between the sticks today, I was surprised to see Bravo given the nod. Nevertheless, the Chilean didn’t make a single mistake today (!) and was unusually authoritative in a penalty area where Charlie Austin was lurking.
John Stones – 5
I like Stones – he’s a casual guy, but today he was far too casual. It was the defender’s nonchalant back-pass that gifted Nathan Redmond the opener and handed his own team a steep mountain to climb. Vincent Kompany may have stepped up too early, but Stones played the ball without looking. Never a good idea.
Vincent Kompany – 6
As always, great to see him back. You can sense the presence he has, even from the stands. In the centre of City’s three-man defence he towered and commanded – a ‘proper centre-back’, as Guardiola described him. Lunged into a few tackles but was solid enough and escaped without injury on 77 minutes.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 6.5
Thought Otamendi was going to be the final piece of the three-man back line? Think again. Aleks is Pep’s man and he looked comfortable today, but I would have liked to have seen City’s best crosser of the ball, bar De Bruyne, get a little more involved down the flanks as the side pushed for a winner late on.
Fernandinho – 6.5
His lofted ball into Sané was simply sublime and a reminder of the Brazilian’s excellent range of passing. He, nor Gündoğan, couldn’t get a grip on the game in the first half but improved vastly in the second. Slotted into centre-back late in the second-half.
İlkay Gündoğan – 6
His passing was sloppy and when De Bruyne was taken off at the break, I expected the German to assume the role of chief creator. He was much more involved in the side’s attacking play after the 70 minute mark but I still feel we’re waiting to see the best of the former Dortmund midfielder.
Leroy Sané – 7
The 20-year-old deserved to start after impressing against Everton and was similarly dangerous in this game. Looked to beat his man all day long and provided Iheanacho with an excellent assist for City’s equaliser. This guy gets bums off seats.
Kevin De Bruyne – 5
A disappointing afternoon for the Belgian. Is there a case for him being suffocated by the sheer amount of attacking players on the pitch? Or was he carrying a knock? There’s one thing for sure, and that’s City look nowhere near as dangerous without a fully firing De Bruyne.
David Silva – 5.5
Love you, Dave, but just shoot, pal. Looked eager to get us going and had a tame effort, that should have been hit a lot harder, saved by Forster in the second half, but didn’t have his best day at the office. His slip in the penalty area in injury time summed up the day.
Raheem Sterling – 7 (Man of the Match)
I liked the way Sterling took on the responsibility of propelling the side forward in the second half. Perhaps Gundogan should have been the man filling De Bruyne’s role in the middle, but it was the 21-year-old who picked up the ball and drove towards Southampton’s defence in the dying minutes. For me, it was another demonstration of how much he’s matured.
Sergio Agüero – 6
The fans were begging for him to start, but I’m not sure the Argentine had a shot on target. In games like this when the opposition are defending so well and we’re not at our creative best, Sergio is one of the individuals we look towards to provide a moment of magic. There was very little in the way of magic for the striker this afternoon, even if his work rate was to be applauded.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 7
Did what he was asked to and scored City’s equaliser.
Jesus Navas – 6
When you’re looking for end product, perhaps Navas isn’t the man.
Nolito – N/A
Too late to mark
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