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Silva magic inspires sensational Shark Team to win: Man City Player Ratings vs. Stoke

After hearing the words ‘cold, wet, Monday night in Stoke’ several hundred times prior to kick-off, you’d be expecting City to slip up against a resurgent Paul Lambert side. Alas, Pep Guardiola rewrote the ‘Typical City’ script once again with the Citizens running out 2-0 winners in a comfortable and professional performance at the bet365 Stadium. A magnificent, marvellous and majestic David Silva brace took the Blues 16 points clear with the derby day title showdown growing ever closer.

Here’s how I rated the performances:

Ederson – 7

Again, another measured, composed and enjoyable Ederson performance. With little to do in terms of shot-stopping, Ederson provided the serene safety behind the back line when Stoke did threaten and will be delighted to take his clean sheet tally to 14 – just one behind David De Gea.

Kyle Walker – 7

A driving force going forward and resolute at the back (besides almost chipping Ederson), Walker was as solid as ever. He was unfortunate not to grab a goal after being played in beautifully from a perfect De Bruyne pass but got a nosebleed in the box as he pulled the trigger and shanked the ball into the stratosphere.

Vincent Kompany – 7

Another 90 minutes under his belt and another injury-free game. Having a fit Vincent Kompany back is a treasured experience. Captain Fantastic was steadfast as ever and dealt with the aerial threat of Peter Crouch well when he came on. We need to savour these moments as we don’t know how many more of these we will see.

Nicolas Otamendi – 7

An Argentinian defender wear a bandage on his head? No Blues, sadly it wasn’t Zaba but Otamendi was just as impressive tonight. The centre-back, who has had a remarkable season in Sky Blue, kept up his fantastic form with another concrete display at the back.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7

Despite some wild claims on social media after being nutmegged once, Zinchenko kept Shaqiri at bay for the majority of the game. Despite being beaten the once, the young Ukrainian was solid as ever and helped the team going forward.

Fernandinho – 8

A fantastic return from injury for Fernandinho who made his job look truly effortless tonight. I struggle to remember him misplacing a pass or losing the ball. Provided the strength in the middle of the park and kept the ball moving across the pitch. A brilliant display from the Brazilian who look like he’d never been away.

Kevin De Bruyne – 7

It’s not very often that De Bruyne isn’t the best player in the team but David Silva was another level tonight. De Bruyne was threatening throughout and provided composure and energy in the middle to keep the City side driving forward at every opportunity.

David Silva – 9 (Man of the Match)

Our little Spanish Merlin was up to his usual tricks proving to be the heartbeat of the City side. The Spaniard took his goals tally to eight for the season, level with Jesus and Sané, in what was a truly vintage David Silva display. Tireless running throughout whilst providing the composure and skill in the final third to find the net twice.

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Raheem Sterling – 8

A fantastic comeback for Raheem Sterling as he provided the assist for the first goal of the game with a textbook KDB-esque ball across the box. Relentless pressing which led to the second goal and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with two good chances in the box. An absolutely stellar performance and good omen for the rest of the season.

Leroy Sané – 7

Sané looked at his brilliant best again, providing the Stoke right-back with tricks and turns throughout the game. Provided great width to the City front line and kept up his brilliant displays of late.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

A selfless display in Jesus’ first Premier League start of 2018. Looked comfortable on the ball and provided some great link up play. Jesus was instrumental in the build-up to both goals, playing a lovely pass to Silva for his second of the game. A great return.


Ilkay Gundogan – 6 (on for Jesus)

Not enough time to warrant anything higher.

Bernardo Silva – 6 (on for Sterling)

Not enough time to warrant anything higher.

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