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Sensational Sterling sizzles at the Etihad: Man City Player Ratings vs. Southampton

Manchester City are now the outright leaders of the Premier League after smashing Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

After a blistering start which saw three goals in the opening 20 minutes, Southampton pulled one back from the spot, but City three two more to secure a 6-1 win.

Here’s how we rated the players after another impressive showing by the champions.

Ederson – 6

Looking for his seventh Premier League clean sheet on the bounce, the Brazilian conceded a penalty which Ings converted. Other than that he was reliable and made a couple of good saves.

Kyle Walker – 7

Often criticised for lapses in concentration, the England international was solid with his speedy runs up and down the right, doing a commendable job against Ryan Bertrand.

John Stones – 7

Stones has become a consistent figure and while Laporte has received much of the praise (rightfully), the Yorkshireman has been outstanding too both in his defending and passing ability. One dodgy moment in the game saw him switch off and allow Ings in, leading to the penalty, but otherwise a good performance.

Aymeric Laporte – 7

A fairly easy day out for the January signing. Didn’t have to make a single tackle or interception, but was very active with the ball, making a match-high 104 passes. The perfect partner for Stones.

Benjamin Mendy – 6.5

Gave City the usual width and improved on the horror show against Tottenham, but the Frenchman still not performing at the level he did in the early days of the season.

Fernandinho – 7.5

It’s often hard to write much about Fernandinho’s performances as he rarely does anything flashy, but is always involved and is crucial to the system Guardiola has implemented at the club. Another stellar display by the veteran.

Bernardo Silva – 7.5

Quieter than he has often been, but it was another easy on the eye performance by the Portuguese playmaker, who was constantly involved in City’s attacking play.

David Silva – 9

It’s always a privilege to see El Mago play and was again fantastic at the Etihad today. He’s been in great form lately and played a massive role today, scoring City’s third goal with a powerful volley into the roof of the net.

Raheem Sterling – 10 (Man of the Match)

Pure perfection by the increasingly awesome Raheem Sterling who was an absolute nightmare for Southampton’s defence. He’s smart, skillful and playing with a previously unseen level of maturity. 2 assists and 2 goals today mean he gets the highest mark we can give a player.

Sergio Aguero – 9

Kun made history again by scoring his 150th Premier League goal, further cementing himself as one of the league’s all-time greats. Aguero didn’t just score City’s second but set up both of Raheem Sterling’s goals, an example of how good his overall play is nowadays.

Leroy Sané – 8.5

As we predicted (along with the rest of the XI!), Sané retained his place over Riyad Mahrez after the midweek game against Fulham and he staked his claim for more starts with an exciting performance. His early pass forced Hoedt’s own goal and kicked off an entertaining afternoon at the Etihad.

Subs:

Vincent Kompany – 6

The club captain replaced John Stones and was solid in his 20-plus minutes on the pitch.

Phil Foden – 6.5

Played his part in Sterling’s second goal by leading the counter attack and won a free kick on the edge of the box after a gliding run. A nice cameo after his midweek start against Fulham.

Fabian Delph – N/A

Came on to give Fernandinho some rest.

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