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De Bruyne stars again as Zinchenko also shows his potential: Man City Player Ratings vs. Bristol City (Carabao Cup)

Claudio Bravo – 6

Not a whole lot to do in goal all night but dealt with a couple of routine saves well. Possibly could have done better with the Bristol City penalty and maybe a little unfortunate. Bravo’s distribution was of a poor quality much of the night and put his team-mates in trouble on more than one occasion.

Danilo – 6

After a number of high quality performances in recent weeks, the Brazilian was a little sloppy tonight. He has become somewhat of a squad player since joining the club and tonight’s performance won’t be worrying Kyle Walker for a starting place come Anfield on Sunday.

John Stones – 6.5

An overall decent performance in only his third game back from a hamstring injury. Gave away a stonewall penalty in the first half which was a rash tackle he probably didn’t have to make.

Eliaquim Mangala – 5

Mangala has put in quite a few disastrous performances since joining the club and tonight is right up with the worst of them. His lack of quality in possession really effects the teams momentum and he was calamitous on the ball leading up to the penalty.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7

Felt he was City’s best player in the first half. Looked comfortable on the ball and played a couple of neat inside passes to the forward line. We all know he’s not a natural full back but has improved defensively in each passing game.

Yaya Toure – 5

It’s sad to see the decline of a player we have loved for so long. Unfortunately for Yaya, the legs have now gone and he is completely ineffective in this team. Didn’t particularly contribute in an attacking or defensive way. Feels like a liability in a role he is no longer able play.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

Kept plugging away right until the end and was key in the build-up to Aguero’s eventual winner. Managed to rack up about five wayward shots throughout the game but no doubting his full fitness is just about there.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8 (Man of the Match)

Far and away the Blues’ best player on the night. He was marked tightly throughout the duration of the game however was able to create when given the opportunity. Superb finish for his goal. De Bruyne picked the ball up from a Bravo kick out inside his own half and drove towards the Bristol City goal, played it wide and followed in to guide a powerful strike into the back of the net. He’s different class at the moment.

Bernardo Silva – 7

Had a quiet game and wasn’t as creative as we’ve come to expect of him. He tried the same cross numerous times without it coming to anything until the dying minutes of the game where his perfectly weighted cross found Aguero for an assist.

Raheem Sterling – 7

Had a couple of chances in the second half that he couldn’t quite finish. Was asked to play in a more central role than he is used to from the start. Very unlucky with a dink over the keeper on the stroke of half time which resulted in an incredible goal line clearance from Aidan Flint. Lovely pull back to set up De Bruyne’s equaliser.

Leroy Sane – 6.5

Not one of Sane’s better performances of the season and despite his goal vs Burnley last Saturday has lacked a bit of a spark in recent weeks. Still so young and he may benefit from a rest.

Subs:

Sergio Aguero – 7.5

Sergio only had eight touches of the ball in the entirety of the 20 minutes he played when replacing Yaya, and that’s exactly why we love him. Ghosted into the box for his late winner and was brave to get to the ball ahead of the oncoming goalkeeper. Match winner…yet again.

Kyle Walker – 6.5

Was only on the pitch for the last 11 minutes and gave City and injection of pace down the right side with a couple of long runs. His pace is frightening and he got goal side of the opposition fullbacks a on a couple of occasions, which eventually boxed Bristol City inside their own box.

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