Manchester City comfortably dispatched a difficult Wolves side with a 3-0 victory at the Etihad. A Gabriel Jesus brace was the key to sending City on the way to a fifth consecutive win in all competitions and keeping them in the title race once again. Here’s how we rated the players tonight…
Ederson had a really lovely night out so I’m pleased for him. Not much else to say really, is there? He got so bored late on that he decided to see just how calm his teammates could be with an adventure into midfield.
Kyle Walker- 6
Walker looks like a good quality fullback again and it’s a welcome return to form. He’s still not in perfect shape, which was confirmed by a bad mistake in the first half which lead to Fernandinho getting booked, but he hasn’t got forward as often as he did tonight in many games this season.
John Stones- 7
Memories of being bullied by Falcao two years ago still linger, but very little fazes John Stones anymore. At times he makes football look like a stroll down the cagoule shop. There came a point where I think Wolves gave up trying to get anything out of him.
Aymeric Laporte- 7
Played a quite brilliant pass to Sané for the opening goal and was in control of the situation for almost the entire game. Traoré provided a different test after the break but it was one he passed fairly comfortably.
Danilo may well be the best attacking fullback at the club and he was at it again here with a great cross to Sterling that really should’ve gone in. He also offered a solid defensive head in a position where we’ve seen some very dodgy performances this season.
It’s great to have Fernandinho back. In the first half he was the hard-tackling presence we’ve missed in midfield, and as the game went on he even tried his luck from distance. It’s vital that the Brazilian is used with real caution for the rest of the season. We need this man.
Bernardo Silva- 7
Took one for the team when Boly was sent off for a bad tackle on the Portuguese after twenty minutes. Beyond that he gave us exactly what we’ve come to expect from him- hard work and a metronomic rhythm.
David Silva- 7
A record-breaking game for David was handled with his typical grace and class as he became the all-time highest appearance maker for our club in the Premier League. El Mago hasn’t dropped below a 7 for about ten years now.
Leroy Sané- 8
The German looked lively all night and his cross for the opener was vintage Sané. After that, he continued to cause pretty serious problems for the opposition defence despite his finishing touch being just missing. An in-form and hungry Sané is such a deadly weapon for Pep going into the business end of the campaign.
Raheem Sterling- 7
You could forgive Raheem Sterling a quiet game after all he’s done this season, but after about half an hour the winger decided he was bored of being quiet and started running the game. Within ten minutes he had the Wolves defence twisting all over the place and won a first-half penalty.
Gabriel Jesus- 8
This was a reassuringly mature performance from the striker, including a great poacher’s movement and a clinical finish for the first goal, as well as confident dribbling around the box throughout before he tucked away his penalty with ease. He also took what looked like an extremely painful collision with the post in the first half like a champion after physios deemed it safe for him to continue.
Kevin de Bruyne- 8
After half a season of injury problems, De Bruyne hasn’t lost an ounce of his genius. He’s still one of the most watchable players in world football, and when he’s on the ball you can’t take your eyes off of him for fear of missing a ridiculous pass or skill. In just half an hour he lit up the pitch and almost scored an absolute worldie, before his cross bounced in to make it 3-0 late on.
Ilkay Gundogan– N/A
No real time to mark.
Sergio Aguero- N/A
No real time to mark.