PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City

City put the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea behind them with an emphatic 7-0 defeat of Norwich. The huge gulf in class was evident right throughout the match as City completely dominated proceedings.

Costel Pantilimon – 6

Couldn’t have had an easier induction into Premier League football. He was rarely troubled and was largely a spectator. His distribution let him down at times but generally a solid performance with what little he had to do.

Pablo Zabaleta – 7

Enjoyed freedom to get forward down the right and was able to support attacks regularly. Had a few efforts on goal and was solid in defence as usual, but gave the ball away cheaply a couple of times in the first half.

Marin Demichelis – 6

A fairly comfortable home debut for the Agrentine. Needlessly put City on the back foot with a number of wayward short passes out of defence but he reads the game well to compensate for his lack of pace. He will have to improve, though, on his first couple of appearances if he wants to break into City’s first XI when everyone is fit.

Matija Nastasic – 7

Exudes calmness and demonstrates maturity of the pitch way ahead of his years. Scored his first goal for the club with City’s third goal of the day. He’s been less comfortable this season than last, but a dip was surely expected given his age. It’s natural ability, however, continues to shine through, and he should have a great career at City.

Gael Clichy – 6

It says a lot about Clichy’s season when Aleksander Kolarov looks like a potentially better option at left back and that was the case yesterday. Not an awful performance but by no means spectacular. He seems somewhat low on confidence, particularly after last week’s game away Chelsea where Clichy was outdone numerous times.

Fernandinho – 9

Another classy performance from the Brazillian. His work rate to protect the back four is outstanding and his range of passing helps City turn defence into attack quickly. The £30 million we paid for him is being justified with every passing game. His last five or six performances have been outstanding.

Yaya Toure – 8

Everything that City do goes through Toure and that was the case again yesterday. Scored another brilliant free-kick which has now become one of his trademarks.

David Silva – 9 (man of the match)

A top performance from the little Spaniard. He was a constant threat to Norwich and it was no coincidence that City scored as many as they did with Silva on song. The raucous standing ovation he got when substituted was thoroughly deserved. With him back in this kind of form, City have every chance of winning the title.

Samir Nasri – 8

What a transition for Nasri. A player seemingly on his way under Mancini is now playing with confidence and influencing games with his skill. He works hard off the ball and has some lovely touches on it. Has now forced his way into City’s first XI. Credit to him.

Alvaro Negredo – 8

A beautiful goal capped another great performance from “the Beast”. His partnership with Aguero is getting better all the time. Substituted at half time to protect him ahead of important matches. He’s already that important to us.

Sergio Aguero – 9

Aguero is on fire and he seems to have rediscovered his form from City’s title winning season. Scored another goal and could have had more. It is a pleasure to see a player on top his game week in, week out. Long may it continue.

Subs

Edin Dzeko – 6

Scored City’s seventh with a tidy finish on the turn but this was another laboured performance from the Bosnian. In comparison to his counterpart Negredo, he falls short in almost every way.

James Milner – 6

Fitted in well as City closed the game out. Expect him to feature more in the coming weeks.

Jesus Navas – 6

Had a glorious chance to get his name on the scoresheet but helped City close out the game with his pace and energy.

Written by Robert Toole & Rob Pollard

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