Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were forced to play against a strong Wolves side with 10 men for almost 80 minutes, and despite finding themselves two goals up, the Blues were unable to hold onto the lead. Two late Wolves goals put the final nail into City’s hopes of three consecutive league titles.
Here’s how we rated the players…
Ederson – 3
The Brazilian had nothing to do until he was dismissed in the 12th minute following a very rash challenge on Diogo Jota and was deservedly sent off. His recklessness early on impacted the entire game and doomed City from the outset.
Kyle Walker – 7
The Englishman mostly played well at Molineux, showing fantastic effort and Pep couldn’t have asked for much more from him, especially when considering that he was doubled on for most of the night.
Fernandinho (C) – 7
Dinho’ didn’t do much wrong and was one of Manchester City’s better performers on the night. It is evident that the blues are a different animal without Fernandinho in midfield, and one can’t help but feel that if he was in the centre of the park, the result may have been different.
Nicolás Otamendi – 6
Protected the near-post well from a lot of Wolves’ crosses and showcased some very good defending throughout the game, battled well and looked good aerially, but looked uncomfortable when dragged out wide. Overzealous as usual with his hobby of over-committing himself resulting in a daft booking.
Benjamin Mendy – 4
The left-back was given the unenviable task of having to contain the dangerous Adama Traore, and mostly did well until some very soft defending (to be kind) from the Frenchman led directly to Wolves’ equaliser.
Rodri – 7.5
The Spaniard showed for the ball very well throughout the game, and his strong aerial presence helped to repel many of Wolves’ crosses.
Bernardo Silva – 8
The Portuguese midfielder’s energy and work-rate was impressive, as was Silva’s ball retention and tireless defensive contributions. Ultimately he was given the runaround by Adama Traore and often found himself with no outlet when in possession.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5
City’s on-field leader in all but name, De Bruyne, kept the ball well when under intense pressure from Wolves and assisted Raheem Sterling’s second goal with a brilliant through ball. Perhaps City’s best pure striker of the ball, and with Gundogan and Aguero not on the pitch, it is a genuine mystery as to why he didn’t step up to take the penalty. City looked inferior as soon as he left the field.
Riyad Mahrez – 7
Mahrez’s quick-feet led to a clear foul by Wolves’ Leander Dendoncker and subsequently, a Manchester City goal. Started brightly but struggled after Ederson’s red card, with additional defensive work being expected of him.
Sergio Aguero – N/A
Aguero’s first start in five weeks was unfortunately cut short after being substituted for Bravo, following Ederson’s being dismissal. The Argentine had little time to impact the game but it was nice to see him starting a game in a blue shirt again.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Sterling opened the scoring with a rebound, after two hideously botched attempts from the spot. Sterling doubled City’s lead early in the second half with a delightful dink over Rui Patricio, before giving the ball away in the build-up to Wolves’ first goal less than five minutes later. Sterling’s effort and work-rate was fantastic, but he failed to hold the ball up.
Claudio Bravo (on for Sergio Aguero – 13’) – 6.5
Looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet and often struggled to catch the ball, but had no chance of stopping Traore’s goal. Conceded three times, but couldn’t have done much more to prevent them. Bravo made some saves and kept City in the game for longer than expected.
Ilkay Gundogan (on for Kevin De Bruyne – 67’) – 6
Was brought on to retain the ball in midfield but had little impact on the game. Gundogan was very disappointing considering his recent form.
Eric Garcia (on for Riyad Mahrez – 45’) – 7
The youngster was introduced to the game to add some much-needed depth in the City defence. He cut the ball out well and cleared the ball as well as he could with limited options up-field. The teenager looked more comfortable than Otamendi when defending from out-wide.
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