Manchester City have retained their place at the top of the league after yet another home thrashing, this time at the expense of Stoke. A faultless attacking display has left City fans drooling over the prospect of this coming season. Here are the ratings from a majestic display:
Ederson – 6.5
Not left with much to do but conceded two goals nonetheless. Nothing can be said about the Brazilian’s distribution.
Kyle Walker – 7
Mixed afternoon, despite supplying Jesus with a brilliant assist, the Englishman left Diouf in acres of spaces for Stoke’s second goal.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
An engineer on the front foot but tepid on the back. Somewhat at fault for Stoke’s first goal that left Guardiola enraged but otherwise kept the likes of Jesé and Diouf relatively quiet.
John Stones – 8
Faultless yet again today, consistently putting in solid challenges to hault Stoke’s momentum and, as usual, passed the ball around with poise and purpose. Jese was devoid of any luck against a continually resurgent Stones.
Fabian Delph – 6.5
A real asset going forward again and displayed a no nonsense-like intent when involved in City’s build up. However, this performance wasn’t as impressive as his last two due to his involvement in Stoke’s first goal.
Fernandinho – 9
Scored one of the best goals of his career this afternoon, striking a thunderbolt passed Butland off the underside of Stoke’s bar. Unbelievable effort, as was Fernandinho’s defensive work all afternoon. The Brazilian popped up everywhere, cleaning up and adding an option going forward. Superb display.
Kevin De Bruyne – 10 (Man of the Match)
Sprayed beautiful balls all over the park and had a major say in both of City’s opening goals with two glorious passes respectively. And that was just the first half. De Bruyne’s stamp on the game only just began, supplying another two extraordinary passes for City’s fourth and sixth of the game before being taken off for a well deserved rest. Full marks.
David Silva – 9
The Spaniard finally got his first goal of the season inside a 90 minutes where he was one of the protagonists. His flicks round the corner and diagonal passes were a menace for Stoke and essential to City’s scintillating build up play.
Raheem Sterling – 8
Finished a world class build up by tapping in Sane’s squared pass after De Bruyne brilliantly played the German through. His willingness to put dangerous balls into the box was a paramount threat, just as well as Sterling’s usual quick feet and pace.
Gabriel Jesus – 8.5
Grabbed two goals employing his usual trait, being in the right place at the right time. The Brazilian’s trickery hold up play caused major problems and his goals were both expertly taken as usual.
Leroy Sane – 8.5
Despite failing to score a glorious chance with a half volley inside in the first ten minutes, a potent threat was clear from Sane. Part of a gloriously dangerous front three, he had constant influence in City’s build up. The reward – an assist and a goal; having politely squared the ball to Sterling when the goal was gaping and tapping De Bruyne’s inhuman pass through Butland’s legs.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Had fun when City were cruising and managed to get his first goal of the season, gracefully latching on to Sterling’s squared pass.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6.5
The sight of Gundogan tidily passing his way all over the park will never get old. Had a wet appetite to get in on the act.
Yaya Toure – N/A
The Ivorian has begun to find his feet again after getting a generous late run out.