In what looked to be a tricky match for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s men did what the best teams should do: win when you’re not at your best. Second half goals from Yaya Touré, Kelechi Iheanacho and an own-goal from Curtis Davies gave the Blues all three points. Let’s take a look at how City’s players performed.
Claudio Bravo – 6
A relatively assured performance from the Chilean until he misjudged a cross, leaving him in no man’s land. Thankfully, Bacary Sagna was alert to the danger and cleared the ball off the line.
Bacary Sagna – 7
A solid performance from Bacary, dealing with his defensive duties well.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7.5
One of Nico’s best games in a while. Of course there was the odd needless free-kick given away, and the customary reckless dive-in, but he was excellent at the back when it mattered. Keep it up, Nicolas.
John Stones – N/A
Dealt well with Mbokani’s pace in the early stages but was unfortunately taken off with an injury inside the first quarter of the game. Hopefully it’s not a serious injury.
Gael Clichy – 6
Clichy is proving to be a real weakness in this team. He isn’t very good going forward, and isn’t very good at defending, so what is he actually good for? Been a fantastic servant to the club, but his days in Manchester are surely numbered.
Fernandinho – 7
His first game back after his three match ban obtained against Chelsea and he slotted in like he never left. Kept things ticking over very nicely, and gained a much needed 90 minutes ahead of next week’s crunch tie against Liverpool.
Yaya Touré – 7.5
Yaya is showing everyone that he still has something to offer. He has come up with the goods so often for this club down the years, and today was no different, calmly dispatching a spot-kick to break the deadlock. A good performance from the Ivorian.
Raheem Sterling – 7.5
After last week’s Man of the Match performance against Arsenal, Raheem Sterling once again played a big part in a Manchester City win. Despite his touch alluding him on a number of occasions, his drive into the box won City the penalty that turned out to be the winning goal, before he helped to seal the win in the final minute of the game, as Curtis Davies turned Sterling’s cross into his own net. Raheem is quickly becoming one of our most important players.
David Silva – 7.5
Silva was one of the only City players to look bothered in what was a dismal first half. Despite fading slightly in the second half, Silva went on to set up City’s second, providing a delicately weighted pass for Kelechi Iheanacho to tap in.
Nolito – 6.5
What can I say about Nolito’s performance today? Well, he really tried. I’m a fan of the Spanish forward, but unfortunately, most of his attempts to provide a creative/clinical spark just didn’t work out today. No harm done, though.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8 (Man of the Match)
We are so, so lucky to have Kevin De Bruyne. A player who can create something out of nothing, and drag his team to victory. His shot which hit the post in the second half was the turning point in the game, giving the rest of the players the belief to go on and win the match. His part in the second goal was also magnificent. Excellent throughout.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 6.5
Struggled at times with Mbokani’s physicality after replacing the injured John Stones, but did enough to keep Hull out.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 7.5
This boy just loves scoring goals. His link-up play may not be of the required standard for a Pep Guardiola team, but his goalscoring ability certainly is. Another goal for the Nigerian today.
Fernando – N/A
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