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Manchester City continued their winning streak on Saturday afternoon, comfortably beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
The Spurs nearly took the lead early on, when Harry Kane hit the crossbar with a free kick from the edge of the area. However, it was the Citizens who struck first, when Ilkay Gundogan was brought down in the penalty area and Rodri (sadly, not Ederson) stepped in to score the penalty.
Man City doubled their lead with less than five minutes into the second half, when Gundogan completed a brilliant attack move, firing at the near post with a pass from Raheem Sterling. The hosts put the game to bed in the 66th minute, when Gundogan pocketed his second of the game, bringing the ball down from the stratosphere with a deft touch and punching Hugo Lloris.
Spurs had no response to the cruelty of the Citizens, and Pep Guardiola’s men saw the last half hour with ease.
Let’s look at the player ratings of a convincing win in Manchester.
Ederson (POR) – 10/7 – He seemed a bit annoyed at not taking the penalty, like all of us. The Brazilian made three saves but, more importantly, got a blatant assist for the third.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – 8/10 – A magnificent performance from a player who looks at home in this defense. Cancelo knocked out Son comfortably in the first half, and he constantly advanced in search of a crossover opportunity to feed his teammates.
John Stones (CB) – 8/10 – He led the defense in the absence of Dias. He defended monstrously, and then contributed as much to the final third, helping Man City advance down the field with excellent passing and dribbling. This may be the best version of Stones we’ve ever seen.
Aymeric Laporte (CB) – 7/10 – He stepped in to replace Dias. He took a free throw that nearly gave the Spurs the advantage. However, he seemed comfortable and did not seem like a man who has barely appeared in recent weeks.
Oleksandar Zinchenko (LB) – 7/10 – Impressed on that left flank, keeping Lamela at bay. A danger in the opposite field and a constant departure for his teammates.
Bernardo Silva (CM) – 7/10 – A busy display. It hummed in the middle of the park and often took positions to the right to cut and threaten from outside.
Rodri (CM) – 8/10 – He sent Ederson back into his own field and dispatched the penalty himself, albeit only narrowly. He controlled the game well from the base of the midfield.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 10/10 – He won the penalty with a clever play pass on the left side of the penalty area. Ghosted in the box to drive a second past Lloris. Absolutely Wow wow wow by the third. Incredible control and finish.
Phil Foden (RW) – 10/7 – He dove around, trying to turn Davies around. He got the best of his score on some occasions, but it wasn’t as dangerous as in previous matches.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 10/7 – Had two bites on the cherry at first, both blocked. I enjoyed a running battle with the fiery Lamela. Triggered when not marked on the box at the end of the first half.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – 8/10 – He offered a pair of missed passes to the center of the park, which were rescued by sprawling teammates. However, he provided a moment of magic to rest in the second, luring the defense in his direction before cutting them with a ball. Beautifull.
Ferran Torres (LW) – 6/10
Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 6/10
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 5/10 – He reached for the penalty, but couldn’t do enough to turn the post. He will be even more upset by your efforts to stop the second. Wrist workouts are needed.
Japhet Tanganga (RB) – 6/10 – Back on the side, and a pretty solid screen, considering. He kept Sterling calm in the first half, forcing him regularly to walk away from goal. Hard to blame when he was thrown to the bottom.
Davinson Sánchez (CB) – 4/10 – He launched himself in front of shots on goal a couple of times. Totally fooled by Sterling’s move for the second goal; turned into a meme by Gundogan the third.
Eric Dier (CB) – 5/10 – He did little to keep Sterling from walking through defense and didn’t cover for Sanchez once he was pushed out of position. A disorganized bottom line.
Ben Davies (LB) – 5/10 – He did his best to stop Foden and recovered well to prevent the youngster from passing a goal on one occasion in the first half. However, absolutely ripped apart by Sterling in the second half. 45 painful minutes.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – 7/10 – A glorious player to watch in full flow. He went coast to coast in the first half, but was given few passing options, and Man City closed the door. He couldn’t inspire those around him. Subbed – again.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 5/10 – Unusually, he handed the initiative over to the hosts with a pointless challenge in a harmless part of the area. A crazy moment under the circumstances.
Lucas Moura (AM) – May 10 – Defensively positioned to mark Rodri in the middle, preventing Man City from moving the ball so smoothly. It really didn’t work. In attack, he looked lost and was hooked at the break.
Erik Lamela (RW) – 5/10 – Picked up a classic Lamela reserve and threw in some crazy challenges. He did nothing productive in the last third.
Harry Kane (ST) – 10/6 – He hit the crossbar with a beautiful free kick, very close. Completely isolated in the second half, a penny for your thoughts?
Son Heung-min (LW) – 5/10 – Extremely dim. Forced to play an almost left-back role, defending deeply and keeping the ball out of harm’s way over and over again. Little chance of causing any impact.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – 5/10
Dele Alli (CM) – 6/10
Gareth Bale (RW) – 6/10