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Manchester City highlighted their title credentials when they managed a 3-1 win against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, despite several first-team players going missing after an outbreak of the virus at their camp.
The Citizens ran out of players like Ederson, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus for the game against Frank Lampard’s team after they tested positive for the virus, while Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake missed out through injury, leaving Oleksandr Zinchenko as the starter. as a left back. .
However, Pep Guardiola’s side stunned Chelsea in a 20-minute stretch in which Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne all scored to effectively seal all three points, before Callum Hudson-Odoi’s final consolation goal.
Although both De Bruyne and Foden will receive much applause for their magnificent displays, which earned them 8.3 and 8.2 match ratings of SofaScore respectively, it was perhaps Gundogan’s performance that most pleased Guardiola.
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According SofaScoreThe former Borussia Dortmund player earned a 7.7 match rating for his display, which was third with Ruben Dias being the tallest of any player to start the game.
During his time on the field, the 30-year-old midfielder completed 34/38 of his passes, resulting in an impressive 89% hit rate, emphasizing that it was not just his goal that marked him as one of the best artists in Stamford. Bridge.
The German international, who reportedly earning £ 140,000 a week, he was also successful in his three dribbling attempts during the game, while impressively winning six of the eight games, showing he was just one class above Chelsea’s midfield on Sunday. late.
Back in 2019, Guardiola filled praise about the midfielder, saying:
“Definitely, but he gets credit from all of us, not just me. He is an exceptional player. Besides, he knows how well he has to play, since there are many others in that position.
It is clear that the Spanish coach is a big fan of Gundogan, having urged the Manchester City board to sign him in 2016 despite his injury issues with Dortmund and will no doubt be delighted that his decision paid off, following what was another excellent performance by the midfielder against Chelsea.
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