What a start to this weekend’s Premier League action that was, as Manchester City ran out 2-1 winners against Bournemouth in an incident packed encounter at Dean Court. Let’s see how the players rated.
No chance with either goal, looks to be a decent upgrade on Arthur Boruc.
A Smith 7
Caused Mendy a lot of problems down the right particularly in the first half, dug in and defended well as City piled on the pressure late on.
S Cook 7
Solid performance by The Cherries stalwart. Cleared and blocked numerous times as his side came under some heavy pressure.
A bad day at the office for Bournemouth’s record-signing. Lost Jesus for City’s first and should have been sent off for taking down the young Brazilian, as he tried to recover from his own error.
Good display from the no-nonsense centre-half. Solid in tackle and distributed the ball well at times.
Scored one of the goals of the season with one of the sweetest strikes of a football you are ever likely to see, worked tirelessly down the left for his side.
Found a lot of space in the first half and put in a decent shift defensively.
A couple of classy forward passes in the first half. Held his own against City’s star-studded midfield.
Got through a mountain of work as always, like many of his team-mates, really unlucky to be on the losing side.
King 9 ( MOTM )
The best player on the pitch, running City ragged at times. Almost scored with a brilliant left footed effort that hit the bar. With performances like this its easy to see why Spurs have been linked with a big-money move for the Norway international.
One good effort in the first-half, but apart from that struggled to make much of a impact on his first Bournemouth start in 16 years.
Put himself about before being taken off with a back injury.
Was penalised for the free-kick on Otamendi that lead to City’s winner, in truth he was very unlucky as he clearly got the ball.
Nothing he could do about Daniel’s wonderstike, but made a couple of routine saves look a lot more difficult than they should have been.
Covered a a lot of ground up and down the right, does seem a lot more comfortable going forward than when being asked questions defensively.
A rock at the back, if City are to challenge for the title this year he has to stay fit.
Flew into some early challenges and as always, looked a better player when he has Kompany beside him.
Some good crosses from the left. Looks a real Pep player, good going forward, dodgy going the other way.
De Bruyne 8
Along with Silva he is the man that makes this City side tick. Kept pushing and probing until the end.
Like most of his team-mates started sloppily but recovered well to put in his normal solid shift.
Such a classy operater, a master at finding space between the lines.
Bernardo Silva 6
A quality player, but looks as if it will take him a while to adjust to the pace of the Premier League.
Brilliant piece of awareness and finish for the equaliser. A world class talent, hard to believe he’s only 20.
Two goals in a week for a player so often accused of not providing any end product. Comically sent off for celebrating his goal with the travelling support.
The feeling that his face just doesn’t fit in Pep’s team was confirmed when he was dropped to the sub’s bench, tried hard to make a impact when he came one but looked a little short of confidence.
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