Following a routine 2-0 victory away to Crystal Palace, the Champions League returned to Manchester as City hosted in-form Italian opposition Atalanta, on a chilly night at the Etihad Stadium.
Here’s how we rated the players’ performances on Tuesday night…
Ederson – 8.5
Despite uncharacteristically dropping the ball from a standard Atalanta cross, the Brazilian wasn’t found wanting throughout the rest of the game!
Away from his brilliance between the sticks, Ederson also showed how much of a potent threat he can be in City’s offence – delivering a ‘quarter-back-esque’ performance with several accurate long-balls.
Benjamin Mendy – 7
The Frenchman, earning his first successive start of the season, was booked for a clumsy early challenge, but played well throughout the game, looking very strong going forward. Mendy’s powerful, surging runs caused the Serie A side problems, whilst Atalanta’s Josep Iličić presented Mendy with a challenge.
Fernandinho (C) – 6.5
The veteran generally defended well throughout the game, however, conceding a penalty through a very sloppy challenge marred his performance.
Rodri – 7
The Spaniard looked mostly solid at centre-back, until going off injured clutching his hamstring in the first half. Rodri has consistently performed excellently so far this season, and Pep Guardiola will desperately be hoping that Rodri won’t miss much game time through this injury.
Kyle Walker – 7.5
The experienced full-back looked susceptible to Atalanta’s fantastic early wing-play but grew in composure and confidence as the game progressed, finishing the game very well.
Ilkay Gundogan – 8.5
The German international played well – his positioning was mostly great and his link-up play in the centre of the park was commendable. Gundogan set up Sterling’s second goal with a fantastic through ball. Gundogan is a player who is often underrated, but his contribution tonight was sublime.
Phil Foden – 8
The ‘Stockport Iniesta’ was handed his first start since Preston and he seized his opportunity with a great performance. Foden was lively and energetic throughout and his link-up play and work-rate was superb.
Foden was rather farcically sent off late in the game, being the recipient of a very harsh booking prior to the needless foul that lead to his second yellow. Despite the red card, Foden’s performance was excellent and helped legitimise the hype around his abilities.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
KDB played well throughout Tuesday night’s clash, putting in a typically excellent performance. His work-rate was great and he was highly influential throughout.
Raheem Sterling – 10 (Man of the Match)
World Class. The England star was Manchester City’s strongest threat in the final third, setting up Sergio Aguero’s equaliser with a beautifully weighted cross, before winning a penalty following an excellent weaving run through Atalanta’s defence.
Sterling followed a fantastic first-half with an even better performance in the second, scoring a Champions League hat-trick in around 11 minutes.
Sergio Aguero – 8.5
Following being rested against Crystal Palace, Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer led the line. The Argentine goal-machine scored a brace in the first-half to turn the game in City’s favour following a tough opening 30 minutes.
Riyad Mahrez – 7
The Algerian put in a subdued performance in the first-half, failing to offer much going forward while his defensive contribution was poor, often leaving Walker without support. However, his second-half was far better, playing an excellent through ball to De Bruyne in the build-up to Sterling’s first goal, before assisting the Englishman’s third goal with a well-weighted cross.
John Stones (on for Rodri 41’) – 6
Sporting a shiner, Stones unexpectedly entered the fray late in the first-half after Rodri picked up an unfortunate injury. Stones looked rusty and was easily outplayed by Luis Muriel in the second-half. However, Stones didn’t do too much wrong during his time on the pitch.
Nicolas Otamendi (on for Kevin De Bruyne 67’) – 5.5
Booked for a rash foul late in the game, and didn’t look convincing in the heart of the defence.
Joao Cancelo (on for Benjamin Mendy 71’) – 6
Had little impact on the game, but didn’t put a foot wrong.
Bravo, Silva, Bernardo, Jesus
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