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De Bruyne shines yet again as Blues win tricky away fixture: Man City Player Ratings vs. Leicester

Ederson – 7

The Brazilian put in the epitome of a sweeper-keeper performance today, tidying up every long ball with an incredible sense of calm. It’s worth noting that Leicester didn’t manage a shot on target all game, but Ederson did everything he was asked to do very well.

Kyle Walker – 7

Another great showing from the best full-back in the league. Walker looked dangerous all game and deserved an assist (Jesus somehow failed to convert Kyle’s brilliant cross) but he won’t mind after putting in a faultless defensive showing. Bonus points for a brilliant clearance off the line even though Vardy’s headed effort was disallowed for offside.

John Stones – N/A

Looked solid when he was on the pitch but went off with a worrying hamstring injury midway through the first half. No real time to mark.

Vincent Kompany – 6

A very, very lucky man to have stayed on the pitch after fouling Vardy a few minutes into the game, but otherwise it was a good return for the skipper. The defense in general allowed Leicester a couple more chances than they would’ve liked, but played well on the whole.

Fabian Delph – 7

Continued his improbable mission to become a world-class left-back with another influential performance here. The Englishman had Mahrez pocketed for most of the game and produced some excellent tackles amongst his usual dynamism.

Fernandinho – 7

Fernandinho had the same kind of game he’s had pretty much all season long – energetic, tough, ball-winning and no-nonsense. Not an outstanding performance but it never needs to be with Ferna, as long as he keeps on delivering.

David Silva – 7

It was a classy performance as always from El Mago, who sprayed wonderful passes around for his teammates all afternoon long. Leicester couldn’t get near Silva when he had the ball at his feet.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8 (Man of the Match)

What a player. De Bruyne ran the show in the first half with touches all over the pitch, and he seems to have his goalscoring touch back too. It was an incredible strike (with his weak foot!) to double City’s lead just after the break.

Leroy Sané – 7

A constant threat throughout the game, if a little sloppy at times, but Danny Simpson had a torrid time up against the wonderkid. Got the crucial assist for De Bruyne’s goal.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Had a very quiet first half but if there’s one man in the league right now who you don’t want a chance to fall to it’s Gabriel Jesus. His sense of positioning in the box is impeccable and he proved it with the opening goal, an easy tap-in from the middle of the box.

Raheem Sterling – 7

Like Jesus, Raheem was ineffective for most of the first half but provided the telling contribution for the first goal when he played in Silva beautifully with the kind of pass that would be lauded had Eriksen or De Bruyne played it. Came alive after the break and looked absolutely sensational.

Subs:

Eliaquim Mangala – 6

I could almost hear the groans from City fans everywhere when Mangala came on for John Stones, but I thought the big Frenchman gave a good account of himself with a solid, if unspectacular, performance.

Bernardo Silva – N/A

No real time to mark after he replaced Sterling.

Ilkay Gundogan – N/A

No real time to mark after he replaced De Bruyne.

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