Liverpool laid down the challenge yesterday, and the Blues followed in their footsteps today, winning 0-3 against Huddersfield and narrowing the gap on first place to 4 points. Danilo opened the scoring in an otherwise uneventful first half before goals from both City wingers assured the Blues left the John Smith Stadium with all three points.
Here are the player ratings following yet another win away from home:
Ederson – 7
A quiet day once again. Did his body ever touch the floor? Either way, another clean sheet is very much appreciated.
Kyle Walker – 6
Walker looked relatively sloppy in possession and rightfully earned a yellow card for a poorly assessed sliding tackle on Chris Lowe. He still needs a rest in my book.
Aymeric Laporte – 8
As always, he looked calm and asserted in possession and remained a strong presence throughout the ninety minutes, and did well to unsettle Steve Mounie into missing an easy chance in the dying seconds.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
I always miss John Stones when he doesn’t play, and while today was no different, the Argentine did well in his place. He didn’t push forward as much as his defensive partner but controlled the game soundly.
Danilo – 9
Almost a forgotten player a few weeks ago, the Brazilian is starting to become one of our most important players. Although it’s easy to forget he has two Champions League titles under his belt, the quality is certainly there. Such quality was most striking in his perfect first-time pass to Aguero before Sane’s goal.
Fernandinho – 7
Although not at his best, Fernandinho did pick out some impressive passes throughout the game. The tie didn’t exactly demand his rough style of play, but he still picked up a fairly unnecessary yellow card when he threw Juninho Bacuna directly across the touchline into his manager’s feet.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6
Like most of the side, he looked a bit off from the get-go and didn’t impact the game very much at all.
Kevin de Bruyne – 7
The Belgian’s performance picked up after half time, spiriting the addition of two extra goals in the second half. He played a very well executed ball to Sterling in the first 15 minutes before his stonewall penalty was denied.
Raheem Sterling – 8
As I was saying, he was on the end of what might go down as the worst refereeing decision of the season, as Terence Kongolo scythed him down in the area. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old continued to play with determination and skill and rounded off a great goal in the second half.
Sergio Aguero – 7
A relatively quiet game for the Argentine, although his link-up play throughout the game was impressive, including his supply for Leroy Sane’s goal. Many might wonder if Gabriel Jesus should have started following his great form in recent weeks.
Leroy Sane – 8
The best way to describe his game is to follow Gary Neville’s assessment – electric. Always proving a danger, he was justly rewarded with a goal and an assist before leaving the pitch late in the game.
Fabian Delph – 6
He came on too late to realistically impact the game but arguably was at fault for Huddersfield’s late chance, as he poked the ball towards Steve Mounie.
Bernardo Silva – 6
He really should have made it 4 with his late opportunity, but could only slap the ball straight at Jonas Lossl.
David Silva – 6
Despite being Guardiola’s first substitution, Silva hardly changed the game. That being said, he was perhaps robbed of an assist when his name-mate Bernardo fluffed his lines late on.
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