Manchester City edged past Newcastle United to make it 18 Premier League wins in a row as Raheem Sterling scored the only goal in a dominant display. Here’s how I rated the players…
Ederson – 7
Earned a deserved clean sheet with his trademark mix of safe hands, a confident ariel presence and some frankly ridiculous distribution. An incredible second-half pass to set Aguero away from inside his own box was the stand-out moment.
Kyle Walker – 6
It was a decent shift from Walker tonight, with the only real moment of note coming when he played an awful backpass that could’ve led to a penalty for Newcastle. Otherwise, though, he was reliable as ever.
Vincent Kompany – N/A
No real time to mark as he went off injured.
Nicolas Otamendi – 8 (Man Of The Match)
Otamendi was superb again today, dominating Newcastle’s attack with the same power and guile that has seen him grow into one of the best defenders in the world. Other than the goal, the game’s stand-out moment was his stunning headed clearance off the line to preserve the clean sheet.
Danilo – 7
He’s no Fabian Delph… but we certainly didn’t miss the Yorkshireman tonight as Danilo put in an assured display at left-back. His work in the press was especially important, setting up De Bruyne before the Belgian rattled the upright.
Fernandinho – 7
Certainly deserves credit for playing almost the whole game in an unfamiliar position, even though he was largely untested. When Newcastle got going, Fernandinho coped fairly well before being pushed back into his favoured midfield role.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
It was a fantastic pass to pick out Raheem Sterling for the match-winning goal, and the kind of pass that very few players in the world are capable of- fortunately, Kevin De Bruyne is most certainly one of them. He played some wonderful balls tonight, leaving Newcastle’s defence shell-shocked.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Kept everything ticking over nicely and was perhaps unlucky not to be a bit more involved. Not a vintage performance from the German, but certainly not poor.
Bernardo Silva – 6
It was a very quiet night for Bernardo. And I mean very quiet. He did, at least, help out in the press before being substituted.
Sergio Aguero – 6
Got himself into some excellent positions but the finishing touch just wasn’t there for Sergio tonight. He even had the ball in the back of the net but was correctly flagged offside after De Bruyne hit the post.
Raheem Sterling – 8
Another great finish from Raheem Sterling and another goal to see him extend the gap at the top of City’s goalscoring charts this season – he’s now on 17 for the campaign and doesn’t look like slowing down. All game, Raheem caused problems with his relentless and frankly ingenious movement.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
I’m as big a fan of Jesus as you’re likely to find but I didn’t think he was great today. He worked hard as ever, and the value of his tenacity cannot be understated, but it feels like a while since he even looked like scoring.
Eliaquim Mangala – 7
This was the first time I’ve seen Mangala play under Pep and thought he might actually be good enough to stay long-term. He didn’t put a foot wrong in his short cameo and looked highly confident with the ball at his feet.
Leroy Sané – N/A
No time to mark.