Manchester City began their defence of the Carabao Cup at high flying Preston North End with a comfortable 3-0 win at Deepdale. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were followed by an own goal by Ledson after a beautifully crafted chip by David Silva. Here’s how we rated the players as we progressed to the next round…
Bravo – 6
A relatively quiet night for the Chilean with him only needed to deal with long range efforts or lofted crosses into the box. His experience will have surely helped the youth in City’s backline as you could see him guiding them along in different scenarios.
Cancelo – 7.5
Our first proper look at our new RB with 90 minutes under his wing last night. His passing was a constant threat and his linkup with Bernardo Silva will surely be a feature in years to come.
Garcia – 7
Another good performance from surely a future City first-teamer. He was largely dominant on the ball despite a few rough patches in the game. But his passing was again exquisite and even bagged himself an assist in the build-up to Sterling’s magnificent first.
Harwood-Bellis – 9 (MOTM)
What a way to make your senior competitive debut! Bellis was imperious in the air and his passing was like he’d been in the City senior squad for years. He was fazed with the massive step-up to the first team and seemed to take it all in his stride.
Angelino – 7.5
Another chance to see the returning Angelino last night and it came with another solid performance. His crossing was a threat and hugged the touchline all game to allow David Silva an option to constantly find him and get the ball into dangerous areas.
Gundogan – 6.5
Nothing special but a controlled performance from the German in the 6 role. He controlled the midfield from left to right but we didn’t see any typical Gundo dinked balls to really threaten the fullbacks.
David Silva – 7
El Mago showed his class and his wealth of experience picking apart the Preston defence. His delightful chip deflected in off Ledson gave City a three goal advantage.
Phil Foden – 7
A lot of people have been disappointed not to see Phil Foden start more regularly this season but got another taste of his quality last night. He has such an experienced head on a 19 year old’s shoulders and is a result of the last couple of years under Guardiola.
Bernardo Silva – 7
After a hat-trick at the weekend it was a quieter night for Bernardo. He linked up well with Cancelo to create a few opportunities and was tidy in possession.
Sterling – 9
Raheem Sterling must’ve been devasted to miss out on the goal-fest at Watford but made up for lost time last night. He scored City’s first in stunning style, driving at the Preston defence before an almost Sergio Aguero esc fake shot to open up the opportunity to drive the ball into the net, albeit via a deflection. He also set-up the second, sliding through Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus – 8
The Brazilian flair really did shine through with Jesus yesterday, with one movement knocking the ball through the legs a Preston player even getting a high five from Pep on the side-lines. He took his goal well through the keepers’ legs but also had various opportunities for more goals that he really should have taken.
Mendy – 6
Another 30 minutes in Mendy’s legs was a positive from a rusty performance. His crossing was, should I say, a little too powerful. But with more time on the pitch his form will pick up.
Bernarbe – 6.5
Another youth getting a chance last night was one we have seen cameos of before. Bernarbe had a few decent touches last night and got into some dangerous areas, almost setting up a goal late on.
Mahrez – 6
Not really enough time for Riyad to impact the game but from the brief cameo’s he had on the ball, he was tidy.
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