Manchester City regained an 8 point advantage at the top of the Premier League table in what was another frustrating game of trying to break down opposition camped down in their own half. They responded well though and did well to get another late winner through David Silva and for a third consecutive 2-1 win.
Here’s how I rated the players today.
Ederson – 7.5
Didn’t have too much to do again but did well to beat away the few counter attacking opportunities that West Ham created. Got a hand to Ogbonna’s header but couldn’t do too much about it.
Kyle Walker – 7
His crossing was a mixed bag but he stretched West Ham well and allowed Sterling to go more central and his pace to get back and tackle well was essential in reducing the amount of times West Ham got out of their half.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Was at fault for the opening goal and needs to close down dangers in the box better than he has been doing lately. Otherwise he was solid, good on the ball and did really well to assert his presence and score the equalizer.
Eliaquim Mangala – 5
Was probably a smart decision to play him instead of Kompany today as even though he was decent with his defending for most of the game, he lost the ball on more than a couple occasions and moments like when he was shrugged off the ball by Arnautovic towards the end of the match would have cost City two points on another day.
Danilo – 5
He didn’t have a lot of defending to do but he was really poor getting forward and he makes it very obvious that he doesn’t have a left foot and that makes his moves predictable and also spoils the balance of the team. Correctly hooked at half time.
Fabian Delph – 7
He filled in for Fernandinho as the pivot of the team and was not as good as the Brazilian in turning defence to attack, but his talent on the ball became even more apparent when he replaced Danilo in the left-back position. Supported Silva and Sané well on the front foot.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8 (Man of the Match)
Didn’t have his best game but the way he was shouting at his teammates to join him in the press and up the urgency in the first half and also his turn as the deepest midfielder in the second half shows that he is a leader in this team and a complete midfielder. Beauty of a ball to create Silva’s goal.
David Silva – 8
The Spaniard got his second goal of the season and it was as sublime as it was crucial. He was good in the build-up as well and kept knocking on West Ham’s door all evening.
Raheem Sterling – 6.5
His confidence on the ball was apparent again today and he tried to get involved just outside the box as much as he could, but West Ham didn’t give him a way in and he had a quiet game.
Sergio Aguero – 5
He had a really poor game, having the least amount of touches out of the entire City team. He didn’t drop deep enough to drag the centre halves to make space or create play for his teammates. Even his hold up play on counters was poor and against defenses this deep, he needs to be doing more.
Leroy Sané – 6
He has not been on form in the last couple of weeks. Thrives in games in which he has more space in front of him but he needs to improve his attitude a little and use his talent even in the tighter areas as well, just as he was doing at the start of the season.
Gabriel Jesus – 8
Changed the game when he was brought on in the second half and bagged the assist for the equaliser. His footwork and movement in packed areas is really good and even though he hasn’t scored too many in recent weeks, he staked a claim to start in the derby over Aguero.
Bernardo Silva – N/A
Was brought on to waste time and immediately took the ball to the corner.
Fernandinho – N/A
Wasn’t risked from the start, showing just how important he is to the team, and was brought on to secure the result as soon as the winner was scored.