Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Rated

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Rated

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EDERSON A smart piece of chest control had the City fans cheering - apart from that just had to do the simple things well 7 WALKER Makes up for the odd defensive lapse by adding quality to the attack, and that pace is a major asset for the Blues 7 KOMPANY One misjudgment nearly brought a Stoke goal but he was dominant in the air and uncompromising in the tackle 7 OTAMENDI He and Kompany had it all wrapped up in the heart of defence, and he treated us to a couple of 50-yard passes 7 7 ZINCHENKO Nutmegged by Shaqiri early on, but stood up and solved the problem by ensuring the game was played in Stoke's half DE BRUYNE Some moments of world class as he kept driving City forward, pressing hard and meeting Stoke's muscular stuff head on 9 FERNANDINHO Gundogan has done well, but the Brazilian showed what City lack without him, closing down Stoke's avenues 9 Silva Two goals took his season's tally to nine, the second best of his career, but he ran through his range of skills 9 STERLING His pass for the first goal was tremendous, and he continues to be an utter menace 8 Jesus Started sloppily but played a big part in Silva's two goals and by the end of the game was looking far more like his old self 8 Sane Exuded menace right from the off, but never truly converted it into anything significant 8 SUBSTITUTES B SILVA: (Sterling 84) No time to mark GUNDOGAN: (Jesus 90) NOT USED: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Toure HAVE YOUR SAY Give your ratings on the Blues at manchestereveningnews. …

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