Manchester City took another huge step towards the title with an impressive 2-0 win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, here are our player ratings from the game.
Saved comfortably from Youri Tielemans early in the second half after being a spectator for the first 45. A late strike from James Maddison was fortunately straight at the Brazilian, who earns a 7/10 simply because his clean sheet earns me fantasy points.
Kyle Walker: 6/10
After a quiet first-half, Walker was key in City’s opening goal as his dangerous cross into the box caused chaos and allowed Mendy to find the net. Looked solid at the back and defended well when Castagne pushed forward for the home side.
Ruben Dias: 7/10
After a very comfortable first half, the centre-back burst into action with a superb block to deny Tielemans what looked to be a certain goal. Had very little else to do but that block proved vital considering it was 0-0 at the time.
Aymeric Laporte: 6/10
Defended a rare Leicester break brilliantly by running across Kelechi Iheanacho and earning a foul after the former City man pulled him back but had very little to do overall.
Benjamin Mendy: 7/10
Guilty of not getting forward enough in the first half but was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring, showing great composure to cut inside Timothy Castange and find the bottom corner with his weaker foot. Had very little to do from a defensive perspective.
Unfortunate to have a great early strike chalked off after an Aguero offside. Played with his usual quality and gave Leicester’s midfielders very little time on the ball. Regularly won back possession to kick start attacks. Picked up a late booking after unnecessarily kicking James Maddison.
Broke up play well as usual and largely went unnoticed as you would hope from a defensive midfielder but was arguably outperformed by Fernandinho in the middle. Picked up a late booking for a foul on Tielemans that was very much in the mould of Fernandinho.
Kevin De Bruyne: 8/10
The Belgian was inches away from opening the scoring after striking the crossbar from an excellent free-kick. Largely ran the show in the first half and created the second goal with an inch-perfect pass through to Gabriel Jesus. Played in Mahrez perfectly but the Algerian curled it wide when he should have scored. Withdrawn after getting frustrated after some late Leicester tackles but still a superb display from the world-class midfielder.
Riyad Mahrez: 5/10
Hit straight at Kasper Schmeichel in City’s best chance of the first half when he should’ve scored. The £37.8m-rated dynamo later missed another sitter when played through by De Bruyne before being replaced by Torres with around 15 minutes remaining.
Gabriel Jesus: 7/10
Was played in beautifully by Riyad Mahrez but couldn’t cut the ball back to his strike partner Aguero. Later repaid the favour by providing a delightful flick for his Algerian teammate. Hit narrowly over after De Bruyne found him in the box shortly before half time. Got the goal his performance deserved after sliding home from Sterling’s cut back.
Sergio Aguero: 6/10
You can’t blame the Argentinian too much for being offside for Fernandinho’s goal but a volley that was blazed over the bar by the striker highlighted his rustiness and was perhaps one that you would have expected him to take a few seasons ago. Replaced by Raheem Sterling just after the hour mark, hopefully, the run-out will do his fitness some good as he looked far from his best again here.
Raheem Sterling: 7/10
Perhaps guilty of not pulling the trigger quick enough when found in the box by Jesus but then regained his composure to give the ball back to the Brazilian for a tap in to make it 2-0.
Ferran Torres: 6/10
Barely touched the ball as City saw out the game late on.
Phil Foden: N/A
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