Manchester City became the first team in a decade to retain the Premier League title after comfortably beating Brighton at the Amex. A terrifying Glenn Murray opener was quickly cancelled out by Sergio Agüero before Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gündogan joined the party to take the blues to 198 points in two seasons.
Here’s how we rated the players from a title-winning day on the South coast…
Ederson – 6
Was comfortable and relatively untroubled all game except for the Murray goal, when he arguably could have come out to claim the ball. Extra credit to some absolutely glorious timewasting in the final minutes.
Kyle Walker – 7
His form has improved in recent months, and Walker continued this here with a battling display. Showed some added grit after the Brighton fans booed each of his touches following his ‘headbutt’ on Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the FA Cup Semi-Final.
Vincent Kompany – 7
Followed up from a title-winning wondergoal with a domineering performance. Glenn Murray rarely even tried to get past Kompany, with the Belgian standing steadfast like the rock he is.
Aymeric Laporte – 9
It’s possible that without Laporte’s towering header, Jordan Henderson would be drinking champagne out of the trophy as we speak. A fantastic goal at a vital time, adding more power to the growing legend of a silent but deadly City colossus.
Oleks Zinchenko – 7
Quite how a young attacking midfielder from FC Ufa has ended up being a crucial part of two title-winning sides is beyond me but he doesn’t half earn his wage. More good tackles and impressive passes from Zin today as he continues to evolve into the world’s greatest left-back-who-is-not-quite-a-left-back.
Ilkay Gündogan – 8
Thought he was having his worst game for a while before sealing the title with a lovely free-kick. The genius of the goal – and the surprise of Gündogan scoring from a set piece – has been forgotten in the celebrations.
Bernardo Silva – 8
Just too good, really. Bernardo really looks every bit as good as peak David Silva – he’s a club legend in the making. Against the Seagulls he could have scored but caused problems all afternoon.
David Silva – 7
Played his part with a clever assist for Agüero’s goal. If this is David’s last league medal with Manchester City, he had an important role in winning it – not just today but throughout the season.
Riyad Mahrez- 9 (Man of the Match)
How fitting, predictable even, that City’s record signing would end a disappointing first season by being the catalyst for a final-day win. After a shaky start on the left, Mahrez assisted Laporte’s goal with a beauty of a corner before giving his team breathing room with a screamer in the second half, a weak-foot thunderbolt from outside the box after fake-shot turning a defender. Hopefully this is a kickstart for more consistency next year.
Sergio Agüero – 8
Sergio has now scored in two of the three occasions that City have won the Premier League on the final day of the season. He took a fantastic touch to turn his man before slotting the ball beautifully through the goalkeeper’s legs. A fine goal from a magical player.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Not been in the best form since braces against Spurs and Crystal Palace, but he’s not been bad either. His game suffered slightly from playing down the centre against Brighton, but it is a testament to his season that he did so, fulfilling Guardiola’s plan to the letter. I expect him to return to his best against Watford.
Kevin de Bruyne – 6
Came on and controlled the game in typically quality fashion. The fact his presence brought so much attacking threat is an ominous reminder for next season… watch out Premier League.
Nicolas Otamendi – N/A
Came on briefly for what will may well be his last City appearance. That’s for another article, but it’s a sad moment to see him go.
Danilo – N/A
As above, albeit with slightly less significance.