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Yaya signs off in style and Sané shines: Man City Player Ratings vs. Brighton

Claudio Bravo – 5

What was he doing for the equaliser? This was a peak Claudio Bravo mistake. He did a few things right later on in the game but reminded us all why Ederson was such a necessary signing when he fumbled a routine effort in the second half.

Danilo – 8

It was an excellent finish to open the scoring for City and, while I’m not suggesting that Danilo is our best right-back, this goal showed what he brings to the table that Walker doesn’t. The run itself was impressive, let alone the composure to fire home an Aguero-esque strike. Late on, he came very close to doubling his tally with a wonderful free kick. Can you ask for much more from a fullback performance?

Vincent Kompany – 7

Kompany wasn’t at the forefront tonight, but still deserves credit for a solid performance, letting honorary captain Touré take the limelight while marshalling his defence well.

Aymeric Laporte – 8

Laporte was an absolute monster tonight, dominating Brighton’s forwards with the ease of a teenager joining in a Year 2 kickabout. I’m incredibly excited by the prospect of Laporte playing for us in the years to come – his passing has been excellent, but the less-praised physical side of his game is also very impressive.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7

For a youngster miles from home (and miles out of position) who’s barely played in weeks, I thought Zinchenko did well tonight. He always looks tidy on the ball and is capable of the occasional great pass too.

Fernandinho – 8

This was an opportunity for Fernandinho to play with a bit more freedom than usual, and he impressed with his trademark energy and dynamism. He even scored the final goal with a very impressive low finish to seal the game.

Yaya Touré – 8

Yaya was clearly keen to go out in style tonight and I’m pleased to say he pulled it off. In his final game for City, Touré controlled the game, playing a wide range of passes with an expert level of precision. It was a shame that he couldn’t get on the scoresheet, but his last appearance in sky blue, the Ivorian didn’t let us down.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

Gundogan is a fully-integrated member of the squad once again now, and while he didn’t set the world alight tonight, I thought he was pretty good. It was smart from the German to set Leroy Sané away early, leading to the third and final City goal.

Bernardo Silva – 8

Scored a very well-taken goal before half time to draw himself closer to double figures for the season. Bernardo has grown as the season has gone on and next year should see him starting far more often. He also has arguably the best first touch in the league.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

In truth, it was a quiet game for Jesus tonight. He wasn’t bad, but struggled to get involved in the match.

Leroy Sané – 9 (Man of the Match)

Sané was electric tonight, grabbing two great assists to bring his league total to 14 for the season. The first was a smart through ball, the second an intelligent cross. He completed his hat-trick of assists late on when he squared for Fernandinho. This was a good opportunity for Sané to step up and display his versatility after a disappointing Sunday, and he certainly delivered.

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