Manchester City enjoyed a fantastic win at home to Brighton on Saturday, as a Sergio Aguero brace was bookended by goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva. Here’s how we rated the players at the Etihad:
Ederson – 7
Calm, reliable, a little bit crazy. The Brazilian may have an eccentric side but he rarely lets it disturb his ice-cold exterior, and today was no different. Can we copy and paste this every week for Ederson, please?
Kyle Walker – 7
Another good display from the man harshly left out of the England squad this week. Whether he’s still first choice or not, picking Trippier over Kyle is inexplicable to me.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Otamendi is in good form, as I feel like I say every week these days. I don’t have any worries about him playing in Laporte’s absence and, really, I don’t believe he should worry any City fans – after all, Otamendi has proven himself before and did so again today.
Aymeric Laporte – N/A
His injury could be a huge inconvenience for City, but I’m reluctant to call it a blow because our squad has such quality that solutions are everywhere. Stones will be back soon, Fernandinho and Walker can play in that position and a back three is always an option if Pep feels like we’re not solid enough.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
Helped create the opener with an intelligent ball forward. We know he likes getting involved in the link-up play but his attacking contribution really does cut much deeper than just assists.
Rodri – 8
Looked imperious again as his good start continued. Even when Laporte went off, the new man wasn’t at all ruffled and kept the ball ticking over in meaningful ways. A faultless showing.
Kevin de Bruyne – 8.5
Scored for the first time since the FA Cup final within a couple of minutes. Towards the end of the half, the Belgian set up Aguero to make it two with his fifth league assist of the season. He is the best player in the league now, with Van Dijk and Sterling almost keeping up.
David Silva – 8.5
El Mago grabbed an early assist by cutting back to De Bruyne shortly after kick-off, before laying it onto Aguero to make it three. There was a bad miss in the first half, but Silva is starting the season very strongly.
Riyad Mahrez – 8
Got involved very nicely with the build-up to the second goal. His mind is not far behind De Bruyne or Silva’s but he’s only recently starting to show it consistently. Today I thought he really shone despite not getting any direct contributions.
Sergio Aguero – 9 (Man of the Match)
Scored his fifth league goal of the campaign at the end of the first period with a lovely bit of control and a vicious finish. The second goal was better by far as he curled in from outside the box. He ended the game as league top scorer with six in just four games.
Raheem Sterling – 7
A quiet game by his standards which still involved actively tormenting the Brighton defence and threatening on several occasions.
Fernandinho – 7
Looked comfortable in central defence, a position he is going to get used to this season.
Ilkay Gundogan – N/A
No real time to mark.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Came off the bench, but contributed significantly with just his second touch of the ball resulting in the fourth goal for Manchester City.
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