Manchester City picked up where they left off with another fluid attacking display in their first European assignment of the season, seeing off Dutch champions Feyenoord with a 4-0 away win. Unsurprisingly, BT Sport spent a good half an hour of the pre-match build up scrutinising City’s defending and trying to find faults in the side, and City saw off said criticism in style, whilst ending the European away day hoodoo of last season.
Let’s see how I rated the players tonight:
Ederson – 6
I probably went through more strenuous physical work sat on my sofa at home in front of the TV than Ederson tonight, who was a mere spectator after his injury on Saturday. Despite no goalkeeping work to do, ‘Eddy’ was excellent with the ball at his feet again, completing 33/33 passes, including some smart balls to the full-backs.
Kyle Walker – 8
One of the more impressive players tonight was Kyle Walker, who had an underrated afternoon on Saturday too. In the first half especially, he was virtually doing shuttle runs of the right flank, up and down the pitch like a whippet. His crossing was brilliant, and his defensive work also sound.
John Stones – 9 (Man of the Match)
Take his two goals out of the equation and Stones still gets a high rating. For most of the evening, City basically had a deep-deep-lying-playmaker, with Stones dictating the play from inside his own half. The Yorkshireman registered a very impressive 97.8% successful pass rate tonight. Aside from his forward passing, he made some great blocks and tackles. It also needs to be observed that Stones has seemingly bulked up over the summer – not just tonight, but on Saturday too, John won 50/50 battles by putting his body in the way, something we haven’t seen before.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6
After a horror show in the first half on Saturday, Nico had a solid evening at the back, and never put a foot wrong, although he wasn’t really tested at all. Nicolas was very clever to leave the ball for Jesus’ goal, proving that his brain sends signals other than ‘dive in with a wild challenge and get beat’.
Benjamin Mendy – 5
Going forward, Mendy is the best left-back in the Premier League. However, I’m still not convinced on his defending ability (seeing as he is… a defender). I’m sure it will come, but he looked a bit rusty defensively wise tonight, losing the ball cheaply in dangerous positions and getting beat easily. No doubt he has already tweeted something funny to make up for it.
Fernandinho – 6
Like Otamendi, I didn’t really notice Fernandinho tonight, which says a lot about him. He never put a foot wrong and looked comfortable on the ball.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8.5
An often cause for debate at matches and the like is ‘do we have a truly world class player?’ Yes we do, the ginger wizard in the middle called Kev. His eye for a pass is simply astonishing, and he showed that again tonight. A bit like at Sunday league when you were about 10, Kevin wins man of the match seemingly every week, so Stones just edged it tonight, but this takes nothing away from another excellent 90 minutes for De Bruyne.
David Silva – 7
David Silva is always good, and he had another bright display today, and was at the heart of everything good, with intricate passing and crossing allowing him to get his assist tally up.
Bernardo Silva – 6
David’s namesake, Bernardo, is looking like he has the ability to be the heir to David Silva’s throne. After a few misplaced passes in the first half, Bernardo grew into the game with some positive dribbles on the ball.
Sergio Agüero – 7
Another night, another goal for Sergio in Europe after a typical Sergio Agüero front post dart and brilliant finish. Also another night for the Jesus/Agüero partnership to develop and blossom, and they continue to score goals.
Gabriel Jesus – 7
Like Sergio, Gabriel enjoyed another day getting on the team sheet. In his Champions League debut, the Brazilian didn’t look out of place at all. He was never going to miss his goal, but he always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a knack that all good strikers need.
Raheem Sterling – 6
Raz returned after his suspension on Saturday, and looked sharp with some lovely one touch, intricate passing.
Leroy Sané – 5
It is absolutely frightening to think if we are having a bad day, we have this guy and his pal Raheem on the bench to come on and change the game. Tonight, Leroy lost the ball a few times a bit easily, but he didn’t have too much time to make a difference.
Fabian Delph – 5
Fabian is back! After thinking we had seen the last of him in a City shirt, he came on to give David a rest, and put in a decent shift defensively. Unfortunately, he looked a bit poor with the ball, but he hasn’t played for months (as ever), so we can put it down to rustiness.