Following the most successful campaign in the club’s history in which Pep Guardiola’s men became the first team to complete the English domestic treble, City faced last season’s runners-up Liverpool in the 2019 Community Shield.
Whilst the competition is widely considered to be a glorified friendly and is long overdue a rebranding, the fierce and ever-growing rivalry between the two clubs meant that the game was to be a feisty affair. Here’s how we rated the players’ performances at Wembley.
Claudio Bravo – 9 (Man of the Match)
The Chilean goalkeeper was always quick off his line and made many important saves throughout the game, and wasn’t at fault for Joel Matip’s equaliser following a precise lofted cross by Virgil Van Dijk.
The Chilean often played long balls which were accurate and threatened the high line of the Liverpool defence. Bravo was very composed in possession of the ball and did well to play the ball out from the back despite intense Liverpool pressure. The Chilean saved the only penalty in the successful shoot-out to cap an excellent performance.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
The Ukrainian had a tough day at the office with Salah proving to be a constant threat. Zinchenko was sometimes sloppy defensively and Salah was left alone unmarked far too often. Our new number 11 made a great run in the build-up to Sterling’s opener and a well-weighted header allowed Silva to flick the ball to Sterling.
John Stones – 7
The centre-back was calm as you’d like throughout the 90 minutes and showed his class in the face of a Liverpool onslaught.
Nicolas Otamendi – 8
The Argentine showed great positional awareness and ‘The General’ performed excellently throughout the game. The Argentine will be hoping to feature heavily for Manchester City in the upcoming season.
Kyle Walker – 8
Sporting a new look, the England full-back produced his best performance in a City shirt in recent memory. Walker looked great going forward and kept Divock Origi very quiet throughout the game. The experienced right-back also produced an extraordinary goal-line clearance late on to deny Salah a late winner.
Rodri – 7
On his competitive Manchester City debut, Rodri was composed throughout the game and played the full 90 minutes. Rodri was conservative in possession and at times seemed reluctant to play the ball forward. It is evident that it will take time for him to adapt to Guardiola’s system.
David Silva (C) – 7
In his 15th appearance at Wembley, the most by any player in the club’s history, the Spaniard captained City and assisted Sterling’s opener with a clever flick following a knock-down by Zinchenko. Silva was substituted in favour of introducing the more defensive Ilkay Gundogan to counteract Liverpool’s second-half pressure.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
Following an injury-hit 2018/19 campaign, the Belgian looked to have edged even closer to his brilliant best and threatened the Liverpool defence throughout. De Bruyne however, looked a bit rusty and left the field with cramp late on in the game.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Bernardo started the game well and the Portuguese midfielder linked up well with David Silva and De Bruyne. His work rate was excellent and looked to have the better of Robertson early-on but his effectiveness faded as the game went on.
Raheem Sterling – 8
Sterling opened the scoring against his former club, and the England international pressured the Liverpool defence well and regularly had the better of Joe Gomez. Sterling should’ve scored a second goal in the second half but the winger hesitated and Van Dijk recovered well to neutralize City’s counter-attack.
Leroy Sane – 6
In what may be his last game for the club, the German winger left the field injured after just 10 minutes but looked threatening during his brief spell on the pitch.
Gabriel Jesus (Replacing Leroy Sane 13′) – 7
The Brazilian played well following his unexpected early introduction and his excellent work-rate was key in pressuring the Liverpool defence into several mistakes in the first-half. Jesus also kept his nerve to score the decisive penalty.
Ilkay Gundogan (Replacing D. Silva 61′) – 7
Summoned to assist Rodri in midfield following Liverpool’s second-half dominance, Gundogan misplaced a few passes and didn’t have his best game in a City shirt, but the German expectedly converted his penalty.
Phil Foden (Replacing De Bruyne 89′) – 7
The young Englishman replaced the exhausted Belgium late-on but had little time to impact the game. But the academy graduate did well to convert his penalty in one of the most important moments of his young career.
Unused Substitutes: Ederson, Angelino, Garcia, Aguero
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