Player Ratings: Burnley 0–1 Manchester City (Premier League)

Manchester City returned to the top of the table after a tightly contested one goal win over a well-organised Burnley side.

It was a frustrating first half from the City side and it was difficult to see which player was going to produce the class needed to break down the Clarets. A much better second half saw more chances and ultimately just one was needed to secure the win.

An average match for the blues today, so don’t be too surprised to see some average player ratings.

EDERSON – 7

The goalie wasn’t required to do too much in the second half, but in the first half Ederson showed his usual calm and collected self; coming out for the ball cleanly on multiple occasions and did well to smother a Chris Wood chance in the 22nd minute.

KYLE WALKER – 8

Some wayward passing across the field to Sane was outweighed by a terrific attacking performance from the English right-back. Overlapping Bernardo Silva often led to chances for City and with some more clinical finishing Walker could have picked up an assist.

VINCENT KOMPANY – 7

It was a solid showing from the captain this afternoon. Knowing Burnley wouldn’t have many chances in the game, he was a dominating presence and took control when needed.

AYMERIC LAPORTE – 7

Defensively sound, putting in the right tackles, and almost scored an increasingly rare headed goal for the blues. The Frenchman didn’t offer as much with distribution as we’ve come to expect of him though, so a seven is just about deserved.

OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO – 7

Not as good going forward as Walker but did put some great crosses into the box which went wanting from a lax City attack.

ILKAY GÜNDOGAN – 8

Great at linking up the defence and attack earning his Silky moniker. Controlled the midfield well under a fast Burnley press. The best midfielder on the pitch today, in my opinion.

DAVID SILVA – 6

In the derby mid-week we saw the best of El Mago as he showed everyone what he’s still capable of delivering. Today he went missing however, and wasn’t involved in any real successful link-up play.

BERNARDO SILVA – 7

Always terrific on the ball and this match was no exception. Before the goal he had City’s best chance of scoring and was a threat to the Burnley defence. If we’re being picky, perhaps slightly lacking a clinical edge.

LEROY SANE – 6

Another below-par showing based on expectations from earlier in the week. Leroy got into space often and isn’t completely to blame for an average showing – a lot of passes to him were poor. It wasn’t shocking to see him make way mid-way through the second half.

RAHEEM STERLING – 7

It was a surprise to see Sterling playing more centrally at the start of the game and even more so once Sane was substituted. Burnley packed the centre of the pitch, so it was difficult for Raheem to stamp his authority in the match. He might have benefited more from playing on the left or right.

SERGIO AGÜERO – 8 (MAN OF THE MATCH)

Even when City’s attack weren’t on form in the first half, AgÜero impacted the game dropping into midfield and assisting with the build up. Sergio continued to be the most lively player in the second half and earned the victory for City with a scrambled shot that only just made it over the line.

SUBSTITUTES:

GABRIEL JESUS – 7

The young Brazilian injected energy and electricity as soon as he came on in the 65th minute. Jesus gave City fans what they want to see – fighting for the ball and creating chances. He was almost rewarded with a goal but for a goal-line clearance from Ben Mee.

JOHN STONES – N/A

No time to mark.

NICOLAS OTAMENDI – N/A

No time to mark.


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