It was a troubling afternoon for Manchester City which saw them lose their second game of the season. Predictable play in attack and being too susceptible to the opposition counter in defence were largely to blame for an inadequate showing at the Etihad. As the injuries begin the pile up, a loss of quality players look to finally have taken their toll on the first team performances. Let’s see how the players rated with a good old Sunday roast…
Ederson – 7
Not to blame for either of the goals and stood up well to one on one chances in the first half, but once again let down by the men in defence.
Kyle Walker – 5
An average game which saw Walker substituted at half-time, which was more tactical to move Cancelo out of the left-back position rather than a punishment for Walker. Or so it seems…
Fernandinho – 7
Better than the other so-called defenders alongside him. His last grasp blocks to prevent Wolves going one up in the first half kept City in the game, where it looked like they could easily be dominated.
Nicolas Otamendi – 3
Lazy passing in the first half which let Wolves in, and poor defending in the second which led to City conceding. His now trademarked ‘missed sliding tackle’ allowed Jimenez to glide past him with ease and pass to a wide open Traore to score Wolves’ first. It was a bad game from Otamendi who before today had showed signs of improvement, making it all the more frustrating to watch. Hard not scapegoat him for this one, but City’s overall play was equally as poor.
Joao Cancelo – 5
Good at getting past players and skilful on the ball but beaten far too easily at left-back. As a consequence the Portuguese was moved to right-back for the second half where he proceeded to go missing for the rest of the game.
Rodrigo – 8
Strong in possession and made solid tackles to win the ball back. A shame his passing in the build-up to an attack was wasted by the forward line.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6
Gundogan sat deep in the first half to offer Rodri more assistance. It felt like he could have been substituted for a more attacking-minded player, instead he moved further forward himself which, lo and behold, left Rodri more vulnerable.
David Silva – 8 (Man of the Match)
The only player who had a positive impact on City’s attacking play. He played some good passes and found space to run into which was sorely needed. Substituted on 75 minutes for Gabriel Jesus who failed to impact the game the way Silva did. Essentially man of the match because someone needed to be picked, but quite frankly this moniker should go to all the fans who had to watch this game.
Riyad Mahrez – 5
Some misplaced passes in the first half from Mahrez got City into trouble. He improved slightly in the second-half but was rightly subbed off after an hour.
Raheem Sterling – 6
Raheem had the best chance of the game for the blues and got a nice shot off on the turn half an hour into the match. After this he struggled to get passed Willy Boly and his crosses into the box weren’t great.
Sergio Aguero – 5
Marked out of the game completely, Aguero had trouble getting any touch on the ball. The midfield insisted on crossing balls into him which, like the match, went by him.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 5
Brought on at half-time because Cancelo was having a hard time at left-back, but suffered the same problems letting men get around him.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Lively from coming on, however most of City’s play went through Sterling and David Silva on the left hand side so Bernardo have much opportunity to affect the game.
Gabriel Jesus – N/A
Once again City’s opponents crowded the centre of the pitch with a low block which Jesus never plays well against. He came on for City’s best player, and with bad crosses flying in, did all he could do.
It’s far too early in the season to say that Manchester City have flushed away their title hopes. They’ll be thankful for the international break which will allow some time for injured players to heal, and for Pep to get his house in order. If they are going to provide a credible title defence they will need to improve their overall game, and quickly.
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