Manchester City succeeded in achieving a fourth consecutive Premier League win as they overcame a resilient Brighton side to take the three points on Saturday. In a display of effort and determination to unlock the Seasiders’ defence, flashing moments of brilliance and a fantastic performance from a fan favourite put the game in the bag for the Blues. Another routine win was followed by City Watch’s Jonty Fletcher who has rated the performances from City’s afternoon.
Ederson – 6
Not much can be said of Ederson in this game. He was practically a spectator and often looked bored during the match. In a game where Brighton rarely attacked, they registered a mere one shot on target for Ederson to deal with. The only other attempt was a shot off target which didn’t affect him. On an afternoon where he didn’t have much to do, the Brazilian simply watched the team’s performance before him.
Kyle Walker – 6
Again, not too much to be said of Walker today. He simply did his job as he should, defending capably and dealing with the minimal threat that faced him. While our fluid attack didn’t particularly need his influence today, Walker ably linked up with his teammates and played an exceptional ball to switch the play to Zinchenko – arguably his most interesting effort of the day. A routine performance by the Englishman.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7.5
Otamendi showed his quality time and again today. While not having to deal with much of a threat, his ability to read the game contributed to that. The way that Otamendi can anticipate what may be about to happen is the main reason that we benefit from him in our team, and his calm leadership has helped guide Laporte and form a strong partnership between the two. It must also be mentioned that the Argentine didn’t start for City at the beginning of the season, but has slotted back into the team seamlessly.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Much like his centre-back partner, Laporte is seemingly improving game upon game, becoming the player that we were all hoping for at the time he signed. Now that he is getting a good run of games, he has shown that he can deal with the physical side of the game in England along with the passing play that we expected when we signed him. Left-footed centre-backs of any real quality are not as common so it is great to see that he is flourishing in the defence of this team. He even took one on the shoulder for the team today, showing that he is willing to get battered and bruised if he needs to when seeing out a win, no matter the situation.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7.5
There were some question marks before the game on how Zinchenko would perform today, as many believed he could struggle coming up against Knockaert. However, the young left-back showed us that he is more than capable of putting in a great performance and can easily link up with the team. Zinchenko completed a staggering amount of passes today by his standard – 122, finishing with 95% passing accuracy. The one point that let him down would be that he needs to not shoot from so far out at times as he is more than capable of helping to play through the defence with his teammates instead.
Fernandinho – 6.5
Our midfield anchor was okay today. As our midfield as a whole were never really overrun, Fernandinho never had much of a reason to worry about the back four behind him. He followed by carrying out his usual role of and occasionally showed flashes of attack by shooting, with one shot testing keeper Ryan, but was never really threatening the goal. While the performance was okay, it could be a worry if Fernandinho does not find his form of last year for bigger games against the likes of Liverpool.
David Silva – 7.5
The magician put in another typical performance where he was at the heart of all of the impressive passing play. While not scoring or assisting today, Silva created chances which were never really taken in a game that had a rather sluggish start. However, as the team grew into the game, he showed why he is one of the most intricate passers in the league, often linking up across to Sané to confuse and bypass the Brighton defenders.
Leroy Sané – 8
Once again, Sané is showing why he was the young player of the year last season. An inch perfect cross played in Sterling that was so tantalisingly close to the Brighton defenders that it took everyone out of the game, putting it on a plate for Raheem to finish it. Yet another assist for the German winger in another generally bright performance in the league. This can now be built upon and the consistency of his play will only see him grow as a player and become one of the outright best players in the league.
Raheem Sterling – 9 (Man of the Match)
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Raheem’s attitude to the game this season. Pep stated before the game that Sterling is showing something else right now, a new hunger and determination, building off the confidence of last season. Another goal, another assist and Sterling becomes the central point of the reason that we won the game. Not only this, but the way that he is fighting for everything – chasing down every loose ball, pressuring every man so they have no space or time on the ball – it all contributed to today’s win and showed why we need Sterling to stay at City for years to come.
Bernardo Silva – 7.5
This young Portuguese man is showing the intricate play that we have seen for years from his namesake. Bernardo is performing at another level now that he is becoming more comfortable with his game. The vision for the passes he makes is something that other players can only dream of, often threading a ball through the defence and playing in an unexpected pass to Sané or Sterling, completely changing the shape of our attack. Bernardo Silva is becoming a true weapon for the Blues as I believe he is adding another dimension to our attack, giving the opposition yet another reason to second guess where they think the ball is going to go.
Sergio Aguero – 8
A trademark performance from the fan favourite Aguero as he scores yet again to kill off the game. His dribbling run took multiple players out of the game, before he played a quick one-two with Sterling that led to a clear chance on goal which Sergio scored to effectively put the game to bed. Aguero’s determination was clear today as he tried a few acrobatic efforts early in the game.
Gabriel Jesus – 5
After getting nearly half an hour today, it is clear that Jesus is struggling as of late. He wasn’t able to get involved in the game and that meant we lacked the cutting edge that Aguero provides. Hopefully his form will improve soon if he is able to build upon the minutes he is getting.
Riyad Mahrez – 5
After coming off a fantastic week for City, Mahrez made little impact today. While only getting 20 minutes, he simply wasn’t able to impact the way that the team were playing. A forgettable performance where he wasn’t terrible, but didn’t add anything to the team as they looked to completely kill of the game.
Phil Foden – N/A
After scoring his first goal for the club, many would have hoped to see Foden return to the pitch sooner rather than later. However, it was a mere cameo for the prolific young midfielder as the game was being seen out in the dying minutes.