For once it was a game where Manchester City’s dominance over Spurs was rewarded with a comfortable victory.
A penalty from Rodri followed by a brace by January’s Player of the Month, Ilkay Gundogan, saw the Blues beat Spurs easily and put a bogey team of the last 18 months well and truly behind them. Here’s how the players got on…
Ederson – 10
Ederson gets a 10 purely because he managed to get an assist, a rarity for the keeper whose distribution makes everybody else look like David De Gea trying to play out from the back by comparison. Made a good save to keep Bale out after some trickery from the Welshman.
Joao Cancelo – 8
Cancelo was, once again, his phenomenal self. It was once thought that his achilles heel was his defensive ability but he’s put that to bed completely in the last couple of months, with Son the latest player to find himself trapped in Cancelo’s pocket. Just a great footballer to watch.
John Stones – 8
Stones actually looked the more senior of the two centre-backs, which is a far cry from the Stones we knew pre-Dias. Partnered with Laporte, he looked as calm and assured on the ball as if he were playing next to Dias. Peak, confident John Stones is well and truly back.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
A solid game, much improved on the last time the two teams met. Didn’t put a foot notably wrong, with the exception of allowing Bale to weave through the defence, though Stones was guilty of the same thing. Just needs more game time to find his self again. Will he get it though?
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 8
Zinchenko did really well against Spurs’s pacey front line. It’s his contribution to the build-up play which correctly gets all the plaudits but he had a couple of moments of real defensive quality to shut down Son before he could fashion genuine chances.
Rodri – 8
Just about scored the penalty which gave us the lead. Continued his great form going into the game and looked calm throughout. Starting to look like a really comfortable part of the defensive triangle with the two centre-backs behind him, again quite the contrast to the last time these two clubs met.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Just played a fine game. Not one of his best but by no means bad. Kept possession ticking over nicely but no real moments of outstanding quality.
Ilkay Gundogan – 10
Two goals, one of which flattened Davinson Sanchez’s face, and won the crucial penalty which opened the scoring. The man is one the cusp of a Yaya-esque season and it’s almost all come in the last six weeks. Carragher said that he’s on track to win Player of the Season and, if he keeps this up, it’s difficult to see who takes it from him.
Phil Foden – 7
Was his usual lively self. Created a few chances with his runs and gave the Spurs full-backs something to think about. Didn’t quite get a goal or an assist but his run across Sterling opened up the space for Gundogan to run into for his first goal. A relatively average performance by Foden’s standards, which says a lot about his normal ability.
Raheem Sterling – 8
Gave the entire defence nightmares throughout the game. Every time he entered the box it felt like the Spurs defenders were terrified to attempt to tackle him. Kept his cool to play the ball to Gundogan for the second goal and was unfortunate not to score himself after a great run through the penalty area.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
Did his usual hard work off the ball with some impressive hold up play. By no means a bad performance but nothing special either. The kind of performance that Pep and pressing stats purists will probably be glowing with praise for but, to the casual eye, didn’t look particularly impressive compared to the norm.
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