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Celebration Day starts early with lacklustre display: Man City Player Ratings vs. Huddersfield

Many records are still to be broken as City couldn’t find their killer instinct on our celebration day.

Ederson – 7

Though he was rarely called upon to be involved in the game, Ederson pulled off some strong saves to keep the teams level. His passing and distribution was good, while rarely losing the ball and comfortably claiming it during the occasional Huddersfield attack. While not much to do, he showed his capability when called upon.

Kyle Walker – 6

While playing capably during the game, Walker didn’t provide enough going forward in the game. More often than not, he was playing balls that were clearly too high for our short attackers, leading to easy clearances for the tall Huddersfield defence. His presence going forward was just not enough to help our attack today.

John Stones – 7

In his first start in the league since January, Stones showed what he can do as he helped bring calmness and solidarity to our defence, also providing some confident passes forward as he played some diagonal balls to switch the play. Unfortunately he could not see the game through due to another niggle in an injury plagued year for the English defender.

Nicolas Otamendi – 6

Like Stones, Otamendi didn’t do much wrong today, and managed to help City stave off Huddersfield’s few attacks. However, he could not have too much of an impact on the game on a disappointing day.

Fabian Delph – 6

There was not much to say for Delph today. He was okay, and involved in some attacking moves in an interesting start to the game, but provided little of not before eventually being subbed off for Benjamin Mendy.

David Silva – 5

It was a difficult day for the little magician. He didn’t quite look up to it from the beginning as he frequently gave away possession with so many misplaced passes. There was little creativity from the Spaniard today and he was not up to the task today.

Fernandinho – 7

Fernandinho was the only midfielder who showed any promise today. He calmly followed his role of falling in and sitting back when the full-backs advanced, he played the ball around the park and provided it for our true attackers, but there was no ‘wow’ moment from him. The rating is likely more of a reflection of his midfield counterparts, who could not provide a spark, following is calm and controlled play.

Kevin De Bruyne – 5

It is hard to tell where De Bruyne’s slight drop in form has come from at times. Perhaps he is feeling the fatigue of playing such a pivotal role in our title winning season. However, De Bruyne struggled to put his stamp on the game today and far too often he played balls over the top which simply went out of play or were far too high for our attackers. He could never gain too high of a rating given that he was substituted early in the second half.

Leroy Sane – 4

Leroy struggled a lot today. It could perhaps be down in a change in mentality since Manchester City were crowned champions, but he has not shown quite enough desire. He often looked like he was running down an alley today, losing the ball, and then not doing enough to win the ball back after.

Gabriel Jesus – 5

Much like Sane, Jesus was not up to standard today. He often couldn’t finish plays that he should have, and he couldn’t link up in the way that he usually could. The only saving graces of his performance were his desire to drop in and win the ball back, and one chance created that could potentially have created a goal if Sterling could’ve gotten on the end of it.

Raheem Sterling – 5

While Sterling showed no lack of effort today, he too put in an uninspiring performance against the Terriers. The ball was far too often lost and there was no clinical finishing on show from him today. However, he showed a desire to try and keep us in the game by linking up with the attack and trying to cut through the defence, there just wasn’t the skill to match the effort today.

Subs:

Benjamin Mendy – 6

This rating could be seen as sentimental, but I believe that Mendy showed a great desire and gave City fans a small taste of what he can provide. He showed his blistering pace and one or two impressive crosses today. He added a brief spark to our team in an otherwise dull game, something difficult to do when there was a stale air to the match just before he entered.

Ilkay Gündoğan – N/A

When introduced to the game, he didn’t have enough of an effect on the play. It was merely a case of slotting in and continuing the passing game.

Bernardo Silva – N/A

Bernardo didn’t have enough time to influence the game and made little impact at a time where Huddersfield’s defence was solid.

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