For all intents and purposes, Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday proved to be the match that clinched them the Premier League title – even if the history books go on to remember Jay Rodriguez’s headed goal to seal a shock victory over Manchester United as the ultimate deciding moment.
It was a performance that saw Pep Guardiola’s side return to their imperious best after three consecutive defeats across all competitions, but which stars stood out in that emphatic display at Wembley? We recently asked City fans to give individual player ratings for those involved in the 3-1 win – here’s a rundown of the four players they were most impressed by…
Raheem Sterling – 8/10: In some ways, Sterling would probably have received a higher average rating had he not been so involved in the match and his contributions were limited to merely the penalty he won off Hugo Lloris and the goal he scored when the ball dropped so kindly to him in the box. Inevitably though, the England international’s mistakes are difficult to ignore – before scoring he missed a glorious chance after taking the ball around the Tottenham goalkeeper, and he later failed to slip through Gabriel Jesus on the counter-attack for a simple goal.
David Silva – 8/10: By no means the most eye-catching performance of his career but Silva did create the most chances of any City player, three, while his return for interceptions was only bettered by Aymeric Laporte. As usual, the Spaniard kept things ticking over nicely in midfield – yet failed to mark the outing with a truly definitive moment.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8.2/10: It was a somewhat muted performance by the standards De Bruyne has set himself this season, but this City side are never quite the same without the Belgium international pulling the strings in midfield. He threatened to beat Lloris from long range early on and provided one of the passes of the season into the path of Sterling – flicking it onto the England forward with an immaculate first touch.
Vincent Kompany – 8.3/10: City’s Captain Incredible not only did a decent job of keeping Harry Kane quiet, the Tottenham striker failing to register a single shot at goal, but also provided the assist for Jesus’ opener with a looping ball over the Spurs backline. He’s become more like the Kompany of old with every appearance since shaking off his injury problems and has now lead City to another Premier League title.
View the results in full below…