Manchester City ran out deserved 1-0 winners away to Premier League Champion’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier today. Let’s see how the players rated …
Brilliant first-half stop from a Fernandinho header was the best of several saves the Belgian had to make. No chance with De Bruyne’s winner.
Didn’t give much away defensively, but looked nervous in possession throughout.
A commanding performance from the young Denmark international. Barely gave Gabriel Jesus a sniff and was by far Chelsea’s best defender.
Has been a great servant at Stamford Bridge over the last few years and always gives his all, but his lack of ability on the ball is always a problem against teams that press high.
Covered a huge amount of ground up and down the left flank. One superb block to deny Silva in second period.
Usual solid shift from Chelsea’s Mr.Consistent. Won his battle with Sane in first half and handled Sterling well in second.
A top-class player but this was way below his usually exceptionally high standards.
Worked hard, but was left chasing shadows at times and was sloppy in possession.
A couple of trademark through balls that almost set his side clear, but in general struggled with City’s constant pressing and couldn’t effect the game the way he would have liked.
Started in the number 10 role, but just didn’t get the service he needed to thrive. Moved to centre-forward after Morata’s injury and looked visibly frustrated by how isolated he became.
Started brightly, held the ball up well and skint Stones down the left with some brilliant footwork. Went off with a hamstring injury on 35 minutes which was a massive blow to his side.
Had 65 minutes to make a impact, but failed to do so. One terrible free-kick summed up his performance.
Looked sharp without ever really threatening the City goal.
Gave his team a much needed focal point after his introduction, but failed to hold the ball up when his team needed it near the end.
Commanding performance by the Brazilian. Claimed a cross brilliantly in first-half and immediatly set his side on the counter, also played the sweeper-keeper role to perfection on a couple of occassions.
Outstanding performance by the England international. Attacked and defended well. One sublime through ball to Sterling.
Will be glad to have seen the back of Morata so early. Carried out whatever little amount of defensive work he had to with relative ease.
Rarely tested defensively. Passed the ball well.
Filled in for the injured Mendy admirably. After this and his performance midweek, may well be set for a extended run in the side.
Solid. Does all the dirty work that allows his more illustrious team-mates to thrive.
A constant threat with the ball at his feet, but as usual his final ball let him down on several occasions.
De Bruyne 9 ( MOTM )
A world-class goal and performance by the Premier League’s best midfielder.
Neat and tidy as always, unlucky not to get on the scoresheet on a couple of occasions.
Nowhere near the level of his recent form. Struggled to get any change out of Chelsea’s full-back pairing of Alonso and Azpi.
A world-class talent, but in all honesty failed to make much of a impact. Probably his quietest game in a City shirt.
B Silva 7
Kept things ticking over for his team as they tried to run down the clock and showed some nice touches.
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