Manchester City survived a scare to overcome Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. A Sergio Aguero brace either side of Raheem Sterling’s strike sealed the three points, despite Harry Wilson’s wonder goal. We were even treated to a late Joao Cancelo debut before the full-time whistle blew on the South Coast. Here’s how we rated the players…
Ederson – 8
After a shaky start (and a big misjudgement against King), we saw nothing but the best of Ederson for most of this game. He was confident and powerful coming off of his line- we must have one of the bravest goalkeepers in the world right now.
Kyle Walker – 6
Walker’s started the season very well, but today we got some of the usual braindead moments that have become all too frequent. We will surely see Joao Cancelo get a full debut soon.
Nicolas Otamendi – 8
Another good game from City’s most underrated player. Otamendi is the perfect example of the theory that fans make up their minds about a new signing within the first few months and never really change opinions. Other than one bit of dodgy communication with Ederson, the General marshalled the defence strongly. I still don’t see how he’s a downgrade on Stones.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
As per the rest of the season, Laporte was good without being outstanding. He’ll get his rhythm back soon, no doubt, but he wasn’t really at fault for the Bournemouth goal despite making a reckless tackle.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
Had one of his worst games in a long time. Looked unsure defensively and nowhere near his usual self in his passing- maybe an early facial injury impacted his confidence. It’s important to stress that this performance was an outlier, while some top English teams see worse from their left-back every week.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
There was nothing wrong with Gundogan’s performance today, but I feel that City looked far more composed once Rodri came on. There’s a time and a place for Gundogan at DM but today wasn’t really it. That said, he played perfectly well and didn’t really do anything wrong.
Kevin de Bruyne – 7
Became the fastest ever player to reach 50 Premier League assists with his luckiest ever- a mis-hit shot that falls to Aguero. Later, he missed a chance that we’d expect him to bury. Still looks like he’ll be terrifyingly good for the rest of the season.
David Silva – 9 (Man of the Match)
Looked easily City’s best player on his 400th appearance for the club. His assist for Sterling’s goal was something special and the perfect reminder of why he’s probably our best ever player. In the second half, he was denied what I felt was a clear penalty before setting up Aguero’s second with a mazy run. We’ll miss him next season.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Looked silky and composed without having any real influence on the match. His best chance wasn’t far off, but it wasn’t the best game without being bad. Lots of City fans remain convinced that Bernardo is better on the wing than in the centre, but I’m not so sure.
Sergio Aguero – 8
Still doesn’t look at his best this season, and yet scored for the third game in a row. Aguero was fortunate in the way the ball fell to him for the first goal but did well to finish it. The second goal showcased his opportunism as he followed Silva, waiting for the ball to drop his way.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Got his sixth of the season in the first half to give City a cushion, but was otherwise quiet before the break.
Rodri – 7
City were rocking when Rodri came on, but looked infinitely better thereafter. He was a presence across the midfield, not just in the deep positions, and barely gave Bournemouth a sniff.
Riyad Mahrez – N/A
No real time to mark
Joao Cancelo – N/A
No real time to mark
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