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Delph and Danilo exploited as Blues continue to leak goals: Man City Player Ratings vs. Leicester

It’s all going wrong for Manchester City, who were beaten for the second successive game today, losing 2-1 to Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

City never looked at their best but took the lead after Bernardo Silva struck, only for Marc Albrighton to quickly cancel out that goal. The Foxes then won the game in the second half courtesy of a wonder strike by Ricardo Pereira.

To make matters worse, Fabian Delph received a straight red card near the end and will now miss three games.

Here’s how we rated the players on a desperately disappointing afternoon that saw City drop to third, behind Spurs and a whole seven points behind leaders Liverpool.

Ederson – 7.5

Once again, there was very little he could do about either goal. However, he did keep Leicester from scoring several more, pulling off some important saves, notably from Vardy after a poor back pass by Bernardo.

Danilo – 5

The Brazilian had a big chance to stake a claim for the right-back spot today after Walker’s poor form, but didn’t take it. While it wasn’t a performance as bad as Walker’s at the weekend, Danilo looked exposed. If you don’t believe he was fouled in the build-up to Leicester’s first, then he’s to blame there, but we reckon it was a foul.

John Stones – 5

Average defending in the build-up to Albrighton’s goal, standing off Vardy too much and allowing him to get a cross in far too easily. Did make a couple of composed defensive actions when Vardy was chasing him down, but the England defender was also disappointing.

Aymeric Laporte – 7.5 (Man of the Match)

City’s only good defender today was the reliable Laporte, who is also contributing his fair share on the attacking front. It was his lovely pass that led to City’s goal, finding Aguero who played through Bernardo. He later pulled off the tackle of the match, sliding in to deny Vardy.

Fabian Delph – 3

After the Kyle Walker horror show against Palace, it was Fabian Delph’s turn to put in perhaps his worst performance in a sky blue shirt. It’s interesting because Delph was so consistent as a makeshift left-back last season, but looks deteriorated now when you’d expect him to be more comfortable. Caught ball-watching for Albrighton’s goal, constantly caught out, and then to cap it off he received a straight red card – albeit a debatable one. City have a serious left-back problem in Mendy’s absence and opponents know it.

Ilkay Gundogan – 4.5

Standing in for Fernandinho, he wasn’t really any improvement over John Stones. Played some terrible passes, one of which killed dead a promising counter attack, and his tackling was non-existent. Gundogan has good and bad days, and this was very much a bad one.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6

He’s not yet at his best, but he’s trying the right passes even if they don’t come off. One of them did as he played in Sané with a delicious ball, but Leroy’s cut-back was slightly behind Aguero and his flick went over.

Bernardo Silva – 5.5

Scored City’s opener but continued to have little impact on the overall game besides that, similar to in recent matches. Made some nice passes – but one horrible back pass that almost cost City – and made more tackles than the so-called holding midfielder Gundogan, but he is much better than he has been showing lately.

Raheem Sterling – 4.5

A real shocker by Sterling besides one mazy run late in the game when he set up a Sané chance. His decision-making was off and this was more like 2015 Sterling than 2018 Sterling, unfortunately.

Leroy Sané – 6

Much more threatening than Sterling, but his end product wasn’t there today. Probably City’s biggest threat and set up a chance for Aguero, but had his pass been placed a little better, it would’ve been easy for Kun to finish. Had one of City’s final chances after nice work by Sterling, but shot over the bar.

Sergio Aguero – 6.5

Sergio worked very hard today but chances were at a premium until later on when he finally got a sight of goal but didn’t make the most of his opportunities. He did set up City’s only goal though, with a lovely pass to Bernardo. Just back from injury, but he needs some goals.

Subs:

David Silva – 5

Finally back from injury but could offer nothing when he replaced De Bruyne.

Riyad Mahrez – N/A

He replaced Bernardo with minutes to go, but couldn’t bring any late miracles against his former club.

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