Manchester City somehow failed to beat Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad as VAR overturned a late Gabriel Jesus winner. Despite Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling goals being just two of dozens of chances City created, Spurs scored both of theirs and got away with a point. Here’s how we rated the players…
Ederson – 6
Ederson doesn’t make many mistakes but he absolutely had to do better for Lamela’s goal. He wasn’t well positioned and saw it late. It’s hard to be too upset about it when screw-ups like this are so rare for him, though.
Kyle Walker – 6
Overall, a good showing by Walker… but he totally lost track of Lucas Moura for Spurs’ second goal. There were positives, however, and his increase attacking output continues to be one of the standout tactical changes so far this season.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Otamendi was a surprise inclusion when the teamsheets were announced as he came in thanks to a John Stones injury. Despite that, I thought he was excellent. He must be Harry Kane’s least favourite central defender to face by now…
Aymeric Laporte – 6
No issues with Laporte today, although he didn’t stand out as much as usual.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7
I love Zinchenko, but I don’t think I’ve ever called him a goal threat before. Today he forced multiple good saves out of Lloris, and was usually solid elsewhere.
Rodri – 7
I thought this was a really good home debut for Rodri, who showed his qualities throughout in his best City game yet. He should have won a penalty early on but I don’t want to go on about that.
Ilkay Gundogan – 5
Felt like he didn’t do enough. I was surprised to see Gundogan start given his dodgy showing against West Ham but he didn’t justify Pep’s decision here.
Kevin de Bruyne – 8.5
What a performance from this man! Often players score a hat-trick and we say “they could have had more”- that’s how it felt today with De Bruyne’s assists. Even when he wasn’t setting up chances, he was the guy making the key pass. How many other players can you rely on to show up in every big game like KDB?
Bernardo Silva – 7
Lit up the pitch with an incredible moment of trickery and control late in the first half that was genuinely reminiscent of Ronaldinho.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Put City in front inside twenty minutes with a perfect run and smart header from a tight angle. After that moment, Sterling taunted Kyle Walker-Peters, who I almost felt bad for, with his dribbling and positivity. Looks like he may be one of our two or three best players yet again this season.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Scored in the first half but generally wasn’t at his best. The goal was smart, the rest of his play wasn’t. Needs time to get back to full sharpness.
Gabriel Jesus – 8
I’m falling out of love with football. Jesus deserved that winner so much and was robbed of it on a technicality. What’s the point?
He needs to start the next game though. He was great. Why he was dropped baffles me.
David Silva- N/A
Riyad Mahrez- N/A
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