Player ratings as City rise to top with big win
Manchester City took the lead in the Premier League with an outright 5-0 victory over West Brom on Tuesday night.
Things got off to a spectacular start with City taking the lead in six minutes. Joao Cancelo provided the assist, swinging a ball in the path of Ilkay Gundogan, who then showed good close control and passed Sam Johnstone.
City then doubled their lead in controversial circumstances: Cancelo’s lavish strike was initially ruled out after the assistant referee was flagged offside, only to have the decision overturned following a VAR review.
Gundogan caught his second and City’s third shortly after, maneuvering the ball past two defenders and sliding calmly at home. Before the Baggies could retire to the locker room for halftime, their visitors grabbed another. This time Riyad Mahrez was the scorer, slicing inside on his favorite left foot before unleashing a powerful effort in the top corner.
Just one more goal in the second half, with Mahrez and Raheem Sterling combining well to bring the score to 5-0 ahead of time.
Here are the ratings of your players …
Sam Johnstone (GK) – 6/10 – We made some great early saves before Gundogan gave City the lead. There was nothing I could do for any of the goals in all honesty.
Darnell Furlong (RB) – 5/10 – Given a difficult period both by Foden in the first half and Sterling in the second. I’ll be happy to see City’s rear for a while.
Semi Ajayi (CB) – 6/10 – Had a great scoring chance at the start but was refused by Ederson. Carried the ball well forward, but was part of a Baggies defense that really struggled.
Dara O’Shea (CB) – 5/10 – Won a few aerial duels, but as the score shows it was a struggle for everyone involved at the back for the hosts. Helped by the presence of Bartley in the second half.
Kieran Gibbs (LB) – 3/10 – Nowhere to be seen as City descended their flank time and time again. Left for dead for Sterling’s goal to make it 5-0. One to forget for the former Arsenal man.
Robert Snodgrass (RM) – 5/10 – Typically put in difficult jobs, but contributed little before leaving just before the hour.
Jake Livermore (CM) – 5/10 – He was one of those who didn’t play the whistle when Cancelo hit. Broke the game well on occasion, but generally overrun with the city midfielder and unable to provide an outlet.
Romaine Sawyers (CM) – 4/10 – Easily dispossessed by Gundogan during the construction of City’s third. Barely saw the ball afterwards and didn’t use it well enough when he did.
Karlan Grant (LM) – 4/10 – Was not in the game at all and thrown up at halftime. Ran hard, but replaced 20 minutes in the second period.
Matheus Pereira (AM) – 5/10 – As you might expect, saw very little ball against a dominant City side. Shifted to the right during a second-half reshuffle, but didn’t have much joy.
Callum Robinson (ST) – 5/10 – A willful runner, pulled a rare opportunity wide in the first half. Hooked up at halftime and replaced with a defender as Big Sam returned to damage limiting.
Kyle Bartley – 6/10 – Engaged at halftime for Robinson as Big Sam returned to defensive form. Things substantiated but the game was already gone.
Matt Phillips (LM) – N / A
Hal Robson-Kanu (ST) – 4/10 – Reserve.
Ederson (GK) – 6/10 – Only intervene once. The kicks were pretty solid.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – 8/10 – A great assistance and an even more beautiful finish. Too bad the controversy tarnishes what was a magnificent goal. He also hit long sounding balls.
John Stones (CB) – 7/10 – Wonderfully tidy in possession and didn’t allow complacency to creep into his performance.
Ruben Dias (CB) – 7/10 – Very little to be done to be honest. Still, that’s another blank sheet to add to its growing collection.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 8/10 – Provided his team with a real threat on the left side, essentially functioning as a left midfielder for most of the game.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 9/10 – One of her best displays in a dress shirt. He scored two superb goals and generally wreaked havoc all night long. Too bad he didn’t have the chance to finish his hat-trick.
Rodri (CM) – 7/10 – Maintained possession and offered some resistance to the (very) rare occasions when West Brom broke in.
Bernardo Silva (AM) – 7/10 – Has taken dangerous positions and played his part in many of City’s promising moves.
Raheem Sterling (RW) – 8/10 – One of three players in town to register a goal and an assist. Looking closer to be back at his best with each passing game.
Riyad Mahrez (ST) – 9/10 – Got his trademark goal and caused a lot of trouble with his movement. Great help for Sterling’s goal as well.
Phil Foden (LW) – 8/10 – An important cog in City’s well-penetrated offensive machine. Recorded two key passes and two precise crosses before being replaced just after the break.
Ferran Torres – 6/10 – Was animated but failed to score or assist.
Aymeric Laporte – 6/10 – One of the easiest 40 minutes of her life. The Baggies caused him very little trouble.
Gabriel Jesus – 6/10 – 30 more minutes in the tank. A goal would have good for his confidence.