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De Bruyne at the heart of perfect team performance: Man City Player Ratings vs. Tottenham

Manchester City swept aside Tottenham Hotspur with a frighteningly comfortable victory at the Etihad

Here’s how I rated the City players…

Ederson – 8

It was a near-flawless game from the Brazilian, who did everything asked of him with no fuss and picked out some incredible passes. His influence cannot be overstated. £35m for the heir to Neuer’s throne – what a bargain!

Kyle Walker – 8

Tonight Walker vindicated his decision to move to City once and for all. He was classy against his former club, defending expertly and running Spurs ragged with his pace.

Nicolas Otamendi – 8

I’ve given all the defenders an 8 tonight on the basis that all of them played very well but have all had busier games this season. Otamendi was the perfect example, keeping Kane quiet with few problems.

Eliaquim Mangala – 8

Mangala might just be fighting his way into Pep’s plans. The Frenchman didn’t look out of place whatsoever tonight, making some great tackles and passing better than ever. His attitude and desire to improve is commendable and maybe we don’t need to replace him just yet after all.

Fabian Delph – 8

It was largely Kieran Trippier who Delph had to look after today and he did that to perfection. The man touted as ‘better than Kyle Walker’ a few months ago didn’t get a sniff all match, largely thanks to the no-nonsense tackling of Fabian Delph, who looks a better full-back than Trippier ever has at the moment.

Fernandinho – 8

I thought it was another excellent showing from Fernandinho. He was largely responsible for the eerie quiet of Spurs’ ‘lethal’ attack for most of the game, breaking up the play with tidy tackling and interceptions. On occasion, the Brazilian joined the attack, but he was largely cautious and disciplined.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9 (Man of the Match)

A masterclass in football from the brilliant Belgian. He ran the show as always with some astonishing passes in the first half before smashing in an unstoppable second goal. He also won the penalty cleverly and was involved in the third goal too. The best player in England bar none, surely?

Ilkay Gundogan – 9

Everyone thought we’d miss David Silva but Gundogan ensured we barely noticed the Spaniard was gone. A goal and an assist for Gundogan, who also played a crucial part in the third goal and winning the penalty. His goal, a free header, was wonderfully taken. His best game since the injury by some distance.

Leroy Sané – 9

Sané is back, everyone. The German terrorised the Spurs defence all evening and managed to grab two assists as well – a brilliant corner for the opener and a lovely pass across goal for Sterling later on. He looked like the future Ballon d’Or winner we all know he is, for the first time in a while.

Sergio Aguero – 7

It wasn’t Aguero’s day in front of goal today but he worked tirelessly for his team and gave the Tottenham defence a lot to think about. With the positions he got into, a player of his quality should’ve and usually would’ve scored.

Raheem Sterling – 9

Another two goals for Raheem the dream, and although both were tap-ins, both were exemplary of his exceptional movement and positional sense. His dribbling and pace were a nightmare for Spurs and he got his reward towards the end of the game after missing a few great chances.

Subs:

Gabriel Jesus – 6

Looked out of sorts recently and missed a penalty to go with it. Hopefully he’s back to his best soon.

Phil Foden – 7

Didn’t play for long but Phil looked a natural part of the team, even taking the responsibility of a few corners.

Bernardo Silva – 7

Would’ve given him a ‘no time to mark’ but Bernardo did contribute with a nice long ball that led to Sterling’s second goal.

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