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Sublime Stones delivers perfect performance: Man City Player Ratings vs. Burnley

Ederson – 7

Bar nearly costing the Blues a penalty in the first half, there was barely anything for Ederson to do on a breezy afternoon at the Etihad. Otherwise, he took control during dangerous situations and distributed well when called upon.

Kyle Walker – 7

Found himself in great positions forward and zipped in a particularly good cross which Sergio Aguero arguably should’ve done better with. Dealt well enough with the threat from in-form Robbie Brady.

Nicolas Otamendi – 8.5

Arguably Otamendi’s most assured performance this season. The Argentine partnered John Stones brilliantly to silence Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood – Burnley’s danger men – whilst also getting himself on the scoresheet with a well-taken header, securing a monumental three points.

John Stones – 9 (Man of the Match)

Man of the Match for me. Every questionable moment City found themselves in, the Englishman was there to mop up with flair and turn over the play. Another flawless display, leading the back line and always keeping composure when Burnley were at their most threatening.

Fabian Delph – 7.5

Provided a decent option down the left hand side and enabled Leroy Sane to roam further forward. The 27-year-old also wasn’t shy of putting in a challenge to get the blues back on the front foot.

Fernandinho – 7

Broke up play as per usual and contributed to City’s resurged passing game in the 2nd half.

David Silva – 6.5

Not his best afternoon despite getting into some decent positions at times, it could be that the Spaniard is in need of a rest having played nearly every match so far this season.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8.5

Missed a glorious chance to open the scoring but the following loose ball resulted in a penalty. The opposition’s pressing prevented the former Chelsea youngster from having a big impact at first, forcing him to drop deeper than usual. But, ‘super Kev’ just couldn’t resist grabbing another assist with a glorious through ball to Leroy Sane for City’s third.

Bernardo Silva – 7.5

Looked the brightest out of City’s front three at the start, blasting a cutback at Nick Pope before creating the penalty. The second half was a different story. A mazing run through the middle was his only highlight in the second half as he eventually faded.

Sergio Aguero – 8

Equalled Eric Brook’s record with a penalty to open the scoring, with many fancying him to break it. Sadly, the City legend couldn’t break through Burnley’s defence and was taken off for a rest.

Leroy Sane – 8

Got on the scoresheet thanks to a wonderful pass from De Bruyne despite having a difficult afternoon against Matthew Lowton and co. The German winger was double marked for the majority of the match but looked sporadically bright.

Subs:

Yaya Toure – 6

Brought on too late to have any real say but Toure’s experience eased City into a passing game designed to take the sting out of Sean Dyche’s team late on.

Ilkay Gundogan – N/A

Made no real impact.

Gabriel Jesus – 6.5

Should’ve scored a fourth goal for City but fired straight at Pope. Great positioning for the chance again though.

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