Manchester City have taken themselves to eight points in the Premier League, with a 1-1 draw away from home against West Ham in Match-day five.
Pep Guardiola named an unchanged side for the first time since October 2017, in a game that saw an early moment of brilliance from home striker Michael Antonio – scoring an overhead kick and stunning the City defence. Foden equalised after being subbed on, but the City side failed to take advantage of opportunities.
Here’s how we rated the players in today’s game…
Ederson – 6
Was rarely troubled at the back but kept calm when relied on with good distribution and a high passing accuracy.
Joao Cancelo – 7
Fizzed a few teasing deliveries into the box early on and assisted Foden in the second half equaliser. Looked much better than he did against Porto midweek, with more attacking confidence and a regular show of pace.
Kyle Walker – 5
Used his pace well and stopped several counter attacks with well-timed tackles but wasn’t impressive and didn’t have the spark when on the ball. Subbed for Zinchenko in the 77th minute.
Eric Garcia – 5
Made several vital tackles deep in his own half, demonstrating yet again to be a wise head on young shoulders – but lacked the dominating prowess that he needed against the West Ham counterattack early on.
Ruben Dias – 6
Proved himself to be solid when depended on but gave the opposing attackers way too much respect when they were on the ball. Made an impressive 92 passes with 96% accuracy.
Ilkay Gundogan – 4
Didn’t make much of an impact and failed to make a dent in the opposing counterattack.
Rodri – 4.5
When paired with Gundogan in the midfield, the duo lacks expansiveness and neglect opportunities to push the ball forward. Did not create many opportunities for the attack.
Bernardo Silva – 3
Did not get involved and never put the defence under pressure. Subbed for KDB in the second half.
Raheem Sterling – 5
Failed to make a real impact going forward and rarely troubled the Hammers defence. Did not find himself in the best of positions and was often overwhelmed with a lack of attacking support. Should have tucked away his 1 on 1 late into the game.
Riyad Mahrez – 6
Made several decent deliveries into the box but lacked the usual flair that we are accustomed to, often was not direct enough and rarely troubled the keeper.
Sergio Agüero – 3
Failed to earn any opportunities in the first half and was subbed off at half time. Seemingly still not back at his best following his injury – he was slow and lacked sharpness in the opposing half.
Phil Foden – 7 (MOTM)
On at half time for a lacklustre Agüero, Phil made an immediate impact by tucking it past Fabianski early into the second half. After that he did not get a load of opportunities, but his enthusiasm was admirable.
Kevin De Bruyne – 5
Forced a save out of the keeper from a decent long-range free kick but didn’t find himself with enough time or space to make any opportunities. Put the ball on a plate for Sterling late on, but the opportunity went begging.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 4
Brought on late into the game, Oleks did not get much of a chance to make a difference.
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