Following a routine victory in the Champions League, Manchester City returned to Manchester to face last season’s FA Cup final opponents Watford, who sought revenge for the 6-0 thrashing received at the hands of Guardiola’s men. After an astounding start, City found themselves 5-0 up at half-time time and the blues later added a further 3 goals in what can only be described as an absolute rout. Here’s how we rated the players’ performances in Manchester…
Ederson – 8
City’s undisputed number one was forced to make some simple but necessary saves throughout the game. But as usual, the Brazilian was never found wanting when called upon.
Benjamin Mendy – 7
The Frenchman earned his first start in over 10 months after a lengthy spell on the sidelines and couldn’t have hoped for a better game to earn his first start of the season. With the game effectively won at half-time, Mendy was substituted in favour of Añgelino but during his 45 minutes on the pitch, Mendy looked great going forward, making several powerful runs. However, his distribution left a lot to be desired and was sometimes sloppy in possession.
Fernandinho – 8.5
The veteran was again a calming influence at centre-half and did well to quickly snuff out Watford’s attacks. Fernandinho’s solid performances in the last two games will make Guardiola seriously consider keeping the Brazilian at centre-back once John Stones returns to fitness.
Nicolas Otamendi – 8
City’s only fit senior centre-half was easily taken on by Gerard Deulofeu early in the game but was mostly solid in defence. Going forward Otamendi looked a threat and assisted Bernardo Silva’s goal with a clever flick-on before scoring himself after getting on the end of an Agüero cross. The Argentine was substituted in favour of Eric Garcia in the second half.
Kyle Walker – 7
The full-back put in a decent performance although he wasn’t tested much in what was a routine victory by City. With City facing a congested period of fixtures and with the game effectively won after 20 minutes, Guardiola used the situation as an opportunity to rest Walker and give Joao Cancelo some Premier League minutes.
Rodri – 8.5
The Spaniard looked very strong in the centre of the park and once again exhibited great technical ability. Rodri had multiple long-range efforts in the second-half although none were able to find the back of the net.
David Silva (C) – 9
El Capitán opened the scoring inside 60 seconds and continued to be influential throughout the game. The City icon was integral in making City’s attack tick as the blues put 8 past Watford and Silva’s fantastic performance at the age of 33 showed just why he is considered a Premier League legend.
Kevin De Bruyne – 10 (Man of the Match)
The in-form Belgian took less than a minute to secure yet another Premier League assist with a beautiful cross to David Silva to give City the ideal start. De Bruyne also played many fantastic balls forward and showed his class all-game long. De Bruyne assisted Bernardo Silva’s third goal with a stinging cross and De Bruyne finally got his goal late in the game with a thunderous effort.
Bernardo Silva – 9.5
Silva returned to the starting XI by scoring City’s fourth goal with a diving header inside 15 minutes. Bernardo’s tenacity was formidable throughout the game and his great attitude was key in the build-up to him scoring his second goal of the day. On what was a day to remember for the Portuguese, Bernardo Silva even got his first career hat-trick and only De Bruyne’s outstanding performance prevented him from being named our Man of the Match.
Sergio Agüero – 8
City’s all-time top scorer scored his 100th goal at the Etihad with a well-taken spot-kick, the Argentine’s work-rate was sublime all-game-long as was his role in City’s build-up play. Agüero was extremely unlucky not to score more than once, coming very close on several occasions.
Riyad Mahrez – 8.5
The Algerian retained his place in the side following an impressive showing in Kharkiv and repaid Guardiola’s faith in him by taking advantage of rash goalkeeping by Ben Foster to win a penalty and Mahrez also netted from a free-kick albeit via a heavy Tom Cleverley deflection. In the second half, Mahrez saw a headed effort hit the bar and the Algerian later assisted De Bruyne’s goal with a well-weighted pass.
Angelino (on for Mendy 45’) – 7
In Zinchenko’s absence, the City youth product earned his first Manchester City minutes of the season since his return to the club from PSV. The Spaniard looked great going forward and Angelino will surely feature again against Preston on Tuesday.
Joao Cancelo (on for Kyle Walker 54’) – 7
Following a mid-week cameo in the Champions League, Cancelo was afforded over 35 minutes to show why the Champions brought him to Manchester and the Portuguese looked great defensively and going forward.
Eric Garcia (on for Nicolas Otamendi 63’) – 6.5
Garcia’s inexperience was evident, although the young Spaniard looked good on his Premier League debut. Garcia will be desperate for more minutes and will hope to feature against Preston on Tuesday.
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