Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City showed the potential of European champions on Tuesday night as they brushed aside Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine and in doing so ended the host’s unbeaten domestic record against English sides.
The game was all but won in the first half after goals from David Silva and Aymeric Laporte before substitute Bernardo Silva sealed the deal.
Here’s how we rated the players as City took the lead in Group F.
Ederson – 6
Had almost nothing to do until he parried away a shot from Ismaily. A moment of madness saw him end up in the midfield but no harm done.
Benjamin Mendy – 6.5
A decent performance that saw him up and down the left but he’s had better days and his crossing wasn’t at its best.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7.5
An absolute magnet at the back, clearing anything that came his way. Otamendi has been criticised for his lack of discipline in the past, but was in the right position for everything tonight. Made 17 more passes than anyone else on the pitch.
Aymeric Laporte – 8
Laporte added a second for City neatly heading in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross. He was also tidy at the back, making six clearances and helping snuff out any danger from Shakhtar.
John Stones – 7
Strong in defence and made a couple of good tackles in a fairly uneventful night for the City defence. Guardiola has developed Stones into arguably the finest English defender of his generation.
Fernandinho – 7.5
On his return to Shakhtar, Fernandinho was tidy and solid in the heart of City’s midfield with a no nonsense performance.
David Silva – 9
Once again the little wizard was majestic, pulling the strings in City’s midfield. FIVE key passes and City’s opening goal contributed to a stunning performance by the man known as El Mago.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5
It might take a few games for him to reach his prime condition but after a long lay-off, De Bruyne is already looking good and picked up an assist for Laporte’s goal.
Riyad Mahrez – 6.5
Some nice touches and crosses, but his finishing drops his mark down as he had five shots with just one of them on goal. His overall performances are getting better but he could be a little more clinical.
Raheem Sterling – 7
A good performance by Raheem with the highlight being a tricky run into the box where he had defenders tripping over themselves before one managed to deflect his shot out for a corner.
Gabriel Jesus – 6.5
Worked very hard and his clever movement led to Bernardo Silva’s goal, but he’s still lacking confidence when given chances and his lack of goals are a sign of that.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Barely seconds after replacing De Bruyne he powered into the box and fired home City’s third and final goal. The Portuguese playmaker is a little gem.
Kyle Walker – N/A
Back from injury, the England right-back got 10 or so minutes of game time into his legs.
Phil Foden – N/A
Just a few minutes on the pitch for City’s wonderkid.