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Ederson shows his class as KDB and Jesus shine again: Man City Player Ratings vs. Napoli

Ederson – 9 (Man of the Match)

Terrific performance that was capped off by an all important penalty save in the first half. His calmness and intelligent distribution enabled us to build from the back quickly and break Napoli’s high press early on. Then when the pressure was on us in the second half, he held firm to protect the lead. Could do nothing about Diawara’s pen.

Kyle Walker – 7

Wasn’t at his best and gave away a penalty for holding Albiol’s shirt. However, he had a hand in opening goal when his blocked effort fell to Sterling and made a couple of strong runs down the right. Needs to be maintain his concentration at all times with both his passing and positioning.

John Stones – 8

Made an outstanding block when the goal was at Hamsik’s mercy and was an imposing figure for us at the back. His passing was fantastic once again and he is fast becoming one of Europe’s leading centre-backs.

Nicolas Otamendi – 8

Another top performance from the aggressive Argentine who is always willing to put his body on the line for his teammates. He and Stones have built a formidable partnership in Kompany’s absence and didn’t wilt under the intense pressure the team faced in the second half.

Fabian Delph – 6.5

A fairly average showing and was perhaps unfortunate that most of Napoli’s best moves came down our left side. Their high press unsettled him and led to one or two moments of sloppiness while in possession.

Fernandinho – 8

Another bullish performance that was typified by his surge past Hamsik in the second half, before playing Jesus through on goal. His overall showing was solid and combative with intelligent layoffs and one-twos, but was slightly marred when he gave Napoli their 2nd penalty with a needless tackle.

David Silva – 7.5

He wasn’t his magical self but he did play a huge part in the opener, cutting the ball back on the left which eventually fell for Sterling. He was neat and tidy but wasn’t able to impose himself as much as previous games this season.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9

Super Kev had a sensational first half which led to another spellbinding delivery for Gabriel Jesus. Nobody in world football does that better than our ginger Belgian and he also curled an absolute peach onto the crossbar, with Pepe Reina beaten. Had less of an impact in the second half but continued to plug away as we tried to find a third.

Raheem Sterling – 7

A decent game for Raheem who continued his blistering goalscoring form. He was constantly a threat on the right wing but endured some very quiet periods, ultimately leading to his substitution.

Leroy Sané – 7

He worked hard but is capable of so much more. There were several occasions where the ball didn’t quite sit for him or he chose the wrong option, but he’s always a thorn in the side of the opposition with his pace and willingness to run in behind the full back. Maggio did extremely well in keeping him relatively quiet.

Gabriel Jesus – 8

He leads the line like a veteran striker and it’s hard to believe he’s just twenty years old. Was up against two strong and experienced defenders but never shirked a challenge and grabbed another tap in. His understanding with De Bruyne is incredible and he’s still yet to lose a game in City blue.

Subs:

Ilkay Gundogan – 6

Looked keen to impress and won possession back on several occasions. Also nearly scored late on and drew a good save from Pepe Reina.

Bernardo Silva – 6

Lively and moved across the front line in search of the ball. Helped the team to see the game out by holding the ball in the corners and making intelligent touches.

Danilo – N/A

To late to mark.

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