Manchester City edged past an impressive Yokohama F. Marinos side to round out pre-season with a win. Goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were added to by a late Lukas Nmecha strike to seal the deal for Guardiola’s men. Here’s how we rated the players in Japan…
Claudio Bravo – 8
Unlucky with the first Yokohama goal- did well to stop the first two shots before a rebound was tucked in. Had a great sweeper-keeper moment just before half time, a top save late on and was generally very good.
Kyle Walker – 7
A good cutback to set up Sterling in the second half- but he was offside. Not sure about the haircut but no complaints with the performance.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
I thought Laporte was good today without standing out like he can do. He didn’t have any threat aerially to deal with, which is usually one of his toughest jobs.
John Stones – 7
As above, Stones was fine in this game. The whole defence will be a bit annoyed with how often they were cut open- we’ll need them back to their best for the Community Shield.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
Like the rest of the defence, Zinchenko didn’t have a great game. He was erratic defensively and uncharacteristically sloppy with his passing. One bright moment was a ball forward through the heart of the Yokohama defence, however even that failed to meet it’s intended target
Rodrigo – 7
It was good to see our record signing play the full 90 and today made it even more obvious how good he is on the ball. We still can’t judge him just yet- he needs a run of games surrounded by our best players.
Kevin de Bruyne – 8.5 (Man of the Match)
Reminded us how lethal his finishing can be by smashing in the opener, before assisting Sterling with a glorious pass. Throughout the game he looked every bit the genius we know he is.
David Silva – 7
After starring against Kitchee and West Ham, this was a more restrained performance from El Mago but he never dropped below his silky level.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Did brilliantly to create the first goal with some delicious control and a cool pass. When you watch Bernardo play it’s impossible not to get excited for the season he may be about to give us.
Raheem Sterling – 8
The king of preseason goals notched up another here by latching onto De Bruyne’s ball and cooly finishing into the bottom corner. If both stay fit, how many times will we see a similar goal over the coming season?
Leroy Sané – 6
Unlucky not to win a penalty in the first half, but I thought this was one of those examples of Sané below his best- he generally looked unsure of what to do when he got the ball near the box.
Subs (All N/A No real time to mark unless stated otherwise):
Phil Foden – 6
A bright spark from the bench, playing some useful balls forward. Energetic performance as usual from the lad.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6
Very little from the German but a composed and solid performance without notable mistakes.
Angeliño – 6
A typical performance from the Spaniard; useful going forward and suspect positioning. No notable mistakes and points of praise however.
Danilo – 6
A solid spell from the bench and composed when called upon in both an attacking and defensive sense.
Lukas Nmecha- 7
Was good to see him score in the dying minutes to extend the lead.
Ian Carlo Poveda – 6
Bright when he came on, showing energy and threat in attack! However, failed to make a real impression on the scoreline during the time he was on the pitch.
Adrian Bernabe – 7
Was barely on the pitch at all but got his second assist of the summer with a good cross late on.
Unused substitutes: Grimshaw, Touaizi, Bazunu, Pozo, Doyle, Bolton, Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, Diounkou, Knight.
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