In a game dubbed a potential banana skin, City proved how pumped they are at the climax of this title race, smashing six goals past a Chelsea side who never really looked up for the fight.
City raced into a 1-0 lead within 4 minutes through Raheem Sterling, before a Sergio Aguero hat trick and Gundogan goal made sure of the victory, before that man Raheem popped up again to finish the rout off in style. Here’s how we ranked the players:
Ederson – 7
Out of everyone on the pitch, Ederson had generally little to do, bar a 15 minute spell at the end of the first half. However, the man between the sticks saved well on a number of occasions to keep the clean sheet intact. As well as saving shots, the Brazilian was also at his best with his feet, starting moves smartly.
Kyle Walker – 8
Despite his recent form being somewhat mixed, Kyle Walker has really come back into form at just the right moment. With adequate performances against Arsenal & Everton, it was up to him to keep the exceptional Eden Hazard quiet, which he did tremendously.
John Stones – 7
Another solid game from the Englishman. Him & Aymeric Laporte have got such a strong partnership together, and despite the odd lapse, he looked as composed and resolute as ever.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Likewise with Stones, Laporte’s reputation is increasing game on game, not only with just City fans either. Keeping Gonzalo Higuain quiet is never an easy task, but it was a relatively straightforward afternoon for the Frenchman.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 8
I’ll be honest, I’ve had my doubts about Zinchenko, and when I saw his name on the teamsheet, I was worried. But a superb all-round performance has proven me wrong. Both defensively and going forwards, the young Ukrainian was vital in everything City did down the left flank. He picked up two assist whilst he was at it, really proving his worth to the doubters.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
It seemed as if this was the game Pep was saving De Bruyne for, and he delivered big time. KDB was the dictator for every move, looking back to his imperative best in this one. Chelsea’s workmanlike midfield just could not handle him.
Fernandinho – 8
It will be a horrible day when this man leaves Manchester City. Another towering performance from the Brazilian nullified any threat Chelsea had in this game, he seemed to be everywhere.
Ilkay Gundogan – 8
Ilkay has his doubters but he put in the type of performance today that showed why Guardiola trusts him so much. Playing those intricate passes, as well as bagging a superb finish in the first half, really helped to make a lot of people sit up and take notice. Silky Ilkay really is fitting for this one.
Bernardo Silva – 9
There’s a case to be argued that Bernardo is City’s player of the season so far. Coming up trumps in all the big matches this season, he was hunting everything down and making things happen as normal. Marcos Alonso just could not handle him.
Sergio Aguero – 10
I don’t even need to tell you how good a player Sergio Aguero is, but my word did he show it. It really says something when he scores a hat trick yet could have come away with 5, after missing an easy open goal in the first half and hitting the bar in the second half. With his hat trick today, Kun has levelled himself with Alan Shearer’s record of 11 hat tricks, and is also now City’s leading league goalscorer with 160.
Raheem Sterling – 9
After a quiet few weeks recently ,Sterling has really stepped it up a level in the last two home league games. After a brilliant performance against Arsenal, he followed it up with 2 goals at the Etihad today. You could definitely regard him as the best English player around at the moment.
Gabriel Jesus – 7
Despite only getting 25 minutes, Gabby was hunting everything down and causing the Chelsea back line problems. Was unlucky not to score late into the second half, as he forced a good stop from Kepa.
Riyad Mahrez – 6
Riyad came on and did the basics, without looking too spectacular. However, the game was already won by the time he took to the field.
David Silva – 7
Despite coming on later, Merlin’s ball for the sixth goal was absolutely sublime.
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