Finally. The first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era has been earned and in utterly dominant fashion. City swept aside Arsenal with ease and cemented themselves as one of the greatest sides ever to win a trophy in England.
Claudio Bravo – 8.5
Aside from a near fatal error in the second half, Bravo was outstanding today. He’s had some special performances in this competition but this was by far the best. He was superb with his saves and command of his area as well as his distribution. Oh and he managed to snag an assist; Ederson will be green with envy.
Kyle Walker – 8
I’m running out of ways to describe a good Kyle Walker performance, that’s how common they have been this season. Today was no different as he manned the right flank with poise, power and pace.
Nicolas Otamendi – 8
Whilst he won’t grab the same headlines as his defensive partner, his performance should not be overlooked. It was a culmination of the great improvements Nicolas has made this year as he was composed and never put a foot wrong for the entire game.
Vincent Kompany – 9.5 (Man of the Match)
Vintage Kompany. In the build up to the game the threat of Aubameyang was widely discussed, with many wondering which of City’s centre-halves would be best equipped to deal with it. Up stepped the captain to put him in his pocket. Aubameyang was marshalled throughout the game and barely had a sniff. Kompany rounded off his incredible display with City’s second goal and it was an amazing moment to see him score in the final given his nightmare injury troubles.
Danilo – 8
Solid and reliable throughout. Nothing much got past the Brazilian today and he supported the attack effectively and efficiently even getting an assist with a tidy pass to Silva for City’s third.
Fernandinho – 7
Not the greatest performance but he did what was needed in midfield. He ran the risk of a second yellow just a little too much at the tail end of the first half, but his steel in midfield was a necessary evil. Unfortunately his evening was cut short due to injury and if City are to compete in the latter stages of the UCL we should all hope it isn’t too serious.
Ilkay Gündogan – 7
It was a very shaky first half display from the German, with his errant passes hurting City’s build up and frequent fouls giving Arsenal set pieces in dangerous areas. Luckily, those errors were erased during the second half as City turned on the style and he provided the assist for Kompany.
David Silva – 8.5
What a touch. What a goal. What a player. The magician once again produced a moment of brilliance that only he could to round of a dominant display. Pep says he thinks Silva could play forever at the top level and personally I could watch him play forever when he’s in this kind of mood.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
No assists, but that doesn’t mean he had no influence on the game. Once he moved into a deeper position in the second half he held the game completely under his control. He controlled the pace of the game and helped stabilise the team in the absence of Fernandinho.
Leroy Sané – 7
Faded in and out of the game at times but when he was involved he always looked dangerous. It seemed as if he could beat Bellerin at will, embarrassing the Arsenal wing-back on multiple occasions.
Sergio Agüero – 9
This, in my opinion, was Sergio’s best performance of the season. He may only have one goal to his name but it was a beauty. More than that though, he was reliable in the build up phases and in and around the edge of the box he was a total menace. The Argentine constantly ran at the Arsenal defence and on a different day with a little luck he could have added to his tally.
Bernardo Silva – 6.5
He was tidy if a little quiet once he came on but he helped City retain the ball and probe an increasingly tired Arsenal defence.
Gabriel Jesus – N/A
It was great to see the young Brazilian make a return from injury and get some valuable minutes to regain his match fitness. He entered the fray too late to have an impact.
Phil Foden – N/A
A special moment for the CFA product. It may have only been a short cameo but playing at Wembley in a cup final is something not many can say they’d had the chance to experience.