Following a comfortable League Cup victory over the Saints in mid-week, the blues once again welcomed Southampton to Manchester as City looked to secure back-to-back victories over a side widely tipped for relegation. The Champions earned the victory after a very hard-fought performance against a Southampton side that defended very deep and very well after their early goal.
Here’s how we rated the players’ performances at the Etihad Stadium:
Ederson – 5.5
The Brazilian stopper was perhaps unlucky to concede early on given the slippery surface and the ball bobbling in front of him, but nevertheless, Ederson still should’ve done better. City’s two late goals to clinch the win prevented the Brazilian from being at fault for City dropping more points.
Angelino – 8.5
Following an impressive performance against the Saints in mid-week, the young Spaniard retained his place in the starting XI and Angelino repaid Guardiola’s faith by putting in an excellent performance.
Six years and several spells at other clubs since first joining City, Angelino earned his first Premier League start for the club and the left-back looked very strong going forward throughout the game and provided the assist for Kyle Walker’s late winner.
Fernandinho – 7
The Brazilian had little to do throughout the game with the ball occupying the visitor’s half for the majority of the match. In the dying moments ‘Dinho was forced to contend with Southampton’s 6’6” defender Jannik Vestergaard, as the Saints pushed for a late equaliser, but the veteran defended well.
John Stones – 7.5
Similarly, to his defensive partner, Stones had little to do aside from playing the ball back into midfield following Southampton’s numerous clearances but was there when called upon. Stones also had a few half-chances, but none came to fruition.
Kyle Walker – 9 (Man of the Match)
Walker looked far better going forward than we’ve seen in recent weeks and consistently looked to put dangerous balls into the box at every opportunity, although this was difficult with the Saints parking the bus after 15 minutes.
Late in the game, the rampant right-back assisted Aguero’s equaliser with a stinging low cross before scoring the winner after getting on the end of Angelino’s high cross.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Often underappreciated, the German international played well in the centre of the park, showcasing a lot of intelligent link-up the play whilst also looking good going forward.
David Silva (C) – 7
Perhaps City’s best player in the first-half, Silva was heavily involved in City’s play through the middle but the Blues struggled to find any real end product during the Spaniard’s time on the pitch, Silva was substituted at half-time suffering from what looked like a hamstring injury.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
The Belgian put in a tireless performance and bossed the midfield throughout the game, despite not registering a goal or assist. De Bruyne constantly looked to try and make something happen.
Raheem Sterling – 7
The England international displayed fantastic work-rate and fought hard for every ball, however struggled against Southampton’s Yan Valery, causing Guardiola to shift Sterling to the right-wing in the second half.
Sterling fluffed his lines late on, when he had the opportunity to play in Jesus to kill the game, but he took too long to play the ball, leading to a tense last few minutes.
Sergio Aguero – 8
City’s goal machine was afforded several half-chances in the first half however he was unable to convert. Aguero’s off-the-ball movement wasn’t particularly great throughout the game, but he was there to score a priceless equaliser when called upon.
Bernardo Silva – 7
The Portuguese midfielder played well helping City’s interplay in a crowded final third. Bernardo forced a necessary save in the 77th minute following a great run and cross by Raheem Sterling.
Gabriel Jesus (on for David Silva 45’) – 6.5
The Brazilian was a semi-peripheral figure during his time on the pitch, but had the opportunity to extend City’s lead in the 91st minute but instead, only managed to force a basic save from Alex McCarthy.
Phil Foden (on for Bernardo Silva 84’) – 6
Foden had little time to impact the game aside from a few passes but didn’t do anything wrong.
Nicolas Otamendi (on for Sergio Aguero 91’) – 6
The Argentinian was brought on for his compatriot to strengthen the back-line after Walker’s goal, and the extra body in defence helped to ensure that City didn’t bottle the hard-fought lead.
Bravo, Otamendi, Cancelo, Mendy, Mahrez
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