Manchester City ended a home hoodoo against Everton in the Premier League by recording their first league win over the Toffees at the Etihad Stadium since 2014 today.
Gabriel Jesus ended a four-month goal drought in the league before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back, leading to some nervy moments. However, Raheem Sterling made an immediate impact off the bench to put the game beyond any doubt.
Here’s how we rated the players after their win at a chilly Etihad.
Ederson – 7
His passing was top notch and there was nothing he could do about Calvert-Lewin’s headed goal. Pulled off a fantastic fingertip save to deny the same player in the first half, not knowing Calvert-Lewin was offside.
Kyle Walker – 6
The England right-back wasn’t bad, but his lapses in concentration continue to be a worry. The arrival of Lookman for Everton led to Walker struggling and you wonder if he needs a rest – but with Danilo constantly injured Kyle has to play.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6.5
He was at fault for Everton’s goal after a poor clearance left him out of position, but otherwise he defended well, in particular at the end to block a Richarlison effort that could have led to a nervous final few minutes had it gone in.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Really in the wars today as he went down after not one, but two collisions, leading to him walking off gingerly at full-time. This wasn’t Laporte’s best showing of the season, but he did a fine job in the heart of City’s defence. At the other end, he’s also presenting a threat from set-pieces and corners.
Fabian Delph – 6
Delph has done an admirable job since being converted to a left-back, but of late he seems to have one potentially costly mistake in him each game. His passing is better than his defending, and he made a match-high 106 passes today, completing 91% of them. Decent, but Pep should really consider investing in another natural left-back in this writer’s view.
Fernandinho – 7
He was quite poor in the opening 20 minutes or so and then suddenly was himself, breaking up play and making some important passes. Got his third assist of the season with a nice dinked cross that found the head of substitute Raheem Sterling.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Another good performance in midfield by the German who helped drive the team forward and made several key passes. His set-piece delivery has also been spot on in the last couple of games, giving City an extra attacking weapon. He’s likely to lose his starting spot soon with KDB back, but is looking good and doesn’t deserve some of the stick he gets.
Bernardo Silva – 6
All in all, it was a forgettable performance by Bernardo today, who hasn’t been in peak form and could be fatigued. 0 key passes and 0 crosses showed that his involvement going forward was quite limited.
Riyad Mahrez – 6.5
Showed some lovely skill on two occasions, the first forcing Lucas Digne to bring him down near the box, the second leading to an offside Gabriel Jesus goal – but he can do better than this and he’s behind Sané and Sterling at this moment.
Leroy Sané – 8
An interesting performance by Leroy, the best assists man in the Premier League since the start of last season. He was not at his absolute explosive best, but his end product was fantastic, as he set up both of Gabriel Jesus’ goals. City have an absolute machine here and should extend his contract ASAP.
Gabriel Jesus – 8.5 (Man of the Match)
We’ve been sticking up for Gabriel in our player ratings of late, highlighting his hard work for the team even as the goals haven’t gone in. Today, the goal drought finally ended for the tireless young Brazilian as he found the net twice. Few forwards in the world have better off-the-ball movement than Jesus, and if he can find some consistency with his goal scoring, he has the makings of a complete striker.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Came off the bench and scored with his first touch. That’s what you call instant impact.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6
It was great to see KDB back and he wanted to get involved as quickly as possible. His passing was OK but you could tell he was rusty and will need some time to reach peak sharpness.