Premature panic, unjustified criticism and quite frankly a ridiculous reaction from a small portion of Manchester City fans following the defeat in the Premier League Asia Trophy final. It must be stressed, for those that haven’t realised it yet, it is still pre-season and there are plenty of games still to go before the real Premier League gets underway in August! Nevertheless, here are our player ratings following a defeat on penalties in Shanghai.
Claudio Bravo – 8
The Chilean was unlucky to be on the losing side, showing strong distribution throughout and making a strong save to deny Wolves’ Conor Coady in the penalty shoot-out. Certainly an encouraging showing from next season’s number two.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7
A fine showing from the Ukrainian, not putting a foot wrong all game, and making some big challenges when required. It looks like he’s picking up where he left off towards the back end of last season.
John Stones – 6
Not much was asked of the England international during his time on the pitch. Solid passing as we usually expect from Stones in a Manchester City shirt, and helping keep us on the front foot for large parts of the game.
Aymeric Laporte – 6
As with his partner in central defence, not a lot to do for Aymeric, although he was perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty for a tug on Adama Traoré’s shirt.
Danilo – 8 (MOTM)
Both in his starting role at right-back and in the centre-back position he switched to for the second half, Danilo was a rock at the back. He seemed to tackle and block everything that was presented to him by Wolves! A solid, and very encouraging performance, given his disappointing outing against West Ham.
Rodrigo – 8
Another good showing from our record signing. He looked lively and vibrant out of possession, and calm and assured in it.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
Back to his best. Wolves seemed to drop even deeper when KDB got the ball, and we didn’t have the same penetrative passing when he came off. The rest of the Premier League has every reason to be worried at the thought of the Belgian genius being back to his best! And a little mention of THAT pass which is circling social media at the moment…
Adrian Bernabé – 6
Not quite as good a display as he put in against West Ham, but some more first team minutes to help in Bernabé’s development. He’s certainly fitted in really well amongst a team of far more experienced players!
Leroy Sané – 6
An unconvincing showing from the German. Sané’s dribbling was far less threatening than usual, and his end product was often wayward, although he did win a penalty for the blues in the first-half.
Raheem Sterling – 7
He didn’t score and quite frankly made a mess of his penalty, but Sterling was a danger every time he got on the ball. He seemed to make another step forward in this relatively unfamiliar striker role.
Ian Carlo Poveda – 7
Poveda had a better first half than second, but was direct with his play and kept his full-back penned in. With his speed and technical ability, the youngster has every possibility of becoming a very talented attacker in the future.
Kyle Walker – 6
Unexceptional from Walker, who helped keep the attacks ticking over but was unable to provide a noticeable impact.
Ilkay Gündogan – 6
Gündogan came on and immediately began to control possession as he usually did throughout last season, but faded slightly and missed Manchester City’s first penalty in a disappointing shoot-out.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Some tricky footwork from Bernardo, but unfortunately for Manchester City, nothing that led to a significant breakthrough.
David Silva – 6
El Mago couldn’t put the ball under his usual spell, at one point failing to control a regular pass out of play. The Spaniard also uncharacteristically fluffed his lines from the penalty spot in the shoot-out.
Angeliño – 5
Another quite frankly shocking performance from our new signing. His positioning, tackling and passing all needs serious work, but it’s fair to say we’ve got the best manager for the job. Patience, that is what’s required with the full-back.
Lukas Nmecha – 6
Some decent hold-up play from the young German forward, but he was unable to convert the ultimately deciding penalty in the shoot-out, handing Wolves the trophy.
Aleix Garcia – 6
Garcia slotted into a midfield role smoothly as he did in the previous run-out against West Ham. The young midfielder kept possession well however without incision going forward.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis – 6
Taylor wasn’t given the minutes to impress to the level he did in the semi-final, but was once again composed on the ball throughout the 30 minutes he was on the field.
Ben Knight – 6
The 17-year-old couldn’t make an impression on the game, outmuscled as he attempted to run in on goal. But who’s to blame him?! It’s a fantastic achievement in itself for a player who only turned 17 a month ago to make his senior Manchester City debut. Hats off to the lad!
Unused substitutes: Iker Pozo, Nabil Touaizi, Daniel Grimshaw, Tommy Doyle, Alpha Diounkou.
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