Manchester City’s penultimate pre-season fixture resulted in a predictable rout against Kitchee SC. The match, which finished 6-1 to the Blues, must have been hard to watch for fans of Hong Kong’s 4th best club side. Probably because they were using City’s new TV app and missed half the game.
Pep Guardiola unexpectedly named a very strong eleven for the game, which with a few exceptions could have easily been the starting lineup for an important Premier League fixture. Pep seemed to throw everything but the kitchen sink at his opposition, and unsurprisingly, Kitchee sank.
Here are our player ratings for the game:
Claudio Bravo – 6
I don’t recall seeing him touch the ball more than two or three times, and the goal would have been hard to stop for any goalkeeper.
Kyle Walker – 7
Definitely not his worst game in a Manchester City shirt, but he could have provided a little more threat in an attacking sense along the right side.
John Stones – 7
The England international looked very good in possession, and nothing much was asked of him from a defensive standpoint. A good showing nonetheless.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Assured as ever, much like the whole defensive line – he was rarely challenged.
Angeliño – 7.5
An impressive return to the Manchester City first team for the Spaniard, who operated in a more central role in his 45-minute appearance. He played a neat pass to Raheem Sterling to contribute towards the movement for the opening goal.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7.5
Gundogan played well, linking up Manchester City’s play comfortably. He played in a deeper midfield role as well as a more central one, and did well in both positions.
David Silva – 8
El Mago certainly took his opening goal with real finesse, and as ever, hardly misplaced a single pass all game.
Kevin De Bruyne – 9
One of City’s best players today. The Kitchee defence could hardly contain both his passing and dribbling. His movement before Sane’s second goal was very impressive.
Leroy Sane – 8
The German looked very dangerous throughout and did well to notch two goals in what may be one of his last games for the club. Let’s hope that isn’t the case.
Bernardo Silva – 8
As ever, Bernardo looked lively and created a few good chances.
Raheem Sterling – 9 (MOTM)
Sterling managed two assists and a goal in his 70 minutes in the Hong Kong humidity. His goal, although firstly a fantastic team production, was brilliantly guided into the top corner.
Rodri – 6
Calm and composed with the ball at his feet.
Oleksander Zinchenko – 7
Looked dangerous following his entrance on half time.
Adrián Bernabé – 6
Looked very energetic and was harshly denied a penalty in my book.
Tommy Doyle – 6.5
Was unlucky not to score with at least one of his good efforts from distance.
Iker Pozo – 7
Positioned himself well to score Manchester City’s sixth.
Danilo – 6
Performed decently in a new centre back role, but did play a role in conceding City’s only goal against them.
Alpha Dionkou 5.5
Was largely at fault for the goal. Looked a little nervous after his substitution.
Phil Foden – 7
Foden looked very sharp after coming on. His dangerous play also culminated in Pozo’s close-range finish.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis – 6
Had little to do defensively.
Nabil Touaizi – 7
His taking of City’s 5th goal was fantastic, as he passed the ball into the net off the goalpost.
Unused substitutes: Grimshaw, Nmecha, Aleix Garcia, Ian Poveda.
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