PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham left The Etihad stadium having shipped four Sergio Agüero goals, seen a debutant defender sent off and failed to convert a penalty that would have drawn them level. City can be very happy with their work for the day. With marks given out of 10, here’s how the Blues fared individually…

Starting 11

Hart – 9 – One of the most faultless displays Hart has produced in a long time. He made a crucial penalty save when City were 2-1 up and showed smart flexes on numerous occasions. Drew a few sighs from the crowd when he opted to punch a corner instead of catch it, but he got it clear the halfway line so that’s no problem.

Sagna – 7 – Another solid display in defence from the Frenchman who also gave his best attacking performance yet. Could still do with cutting inside Navas a bit more, but he’s definitely bedding in.

Kompany – 6 – Occasionally guilty of stepping up and being beaten too easily by a nimble Spurs attack, but ultimately he was never less than competent.

Demichelis – 6 – Left exposed for the Spurs goal and gave away the penalty that could’ve given the visitors an equaliser but, like his partner, was solid enough overall.

Clichy – 6 – Did well without being spectacular against a team that had plenty of pace. At the risk of being repetitive, the word ‘solid’ fits here again.

Navas – 7 – Toiled all day. His pace and energy caused Spurs plenty of problems. Occasionally his hesitancy slowed City down and his final decision was poor, but Tottenham couldn’t rest easy the Spaniard in this form.

Fernando – 5 – There was some good tackling from the Brazilian but at times he seemed strangely determined to run himself into trouble. Was at fault for the Spurs goal. A bad day at the office but following his injury and the international break, there are certainly mitigating circumstances.

Lampard – 7 – Stretchered off just before the half-hour mark but he was looking good before that and pulling the strings in midfield. He continues to impress in a sky blue shirt.

Milner – 8 – His rich vein of form continues. It’s almost offensive now to list his work rate as a strength but it truly is phenomenal. There was no shortage of creativity either.

Silva – 6 – Got between the lines from that number 10 position that he loves and, just by being there, was always a threat. Unfortunately, his final ball was not up to it’s usual standard and his reluctance to shoot hit new heights in the first half when he opted to lay the ball to an offside Agüero rather than finish for himself. Has earned the right to one average performance.

Agüero – 9 – Two good penalties and two fine goals from open play. Didn’t let his head drop when he missed from the spot either. Buzzed around the pitch and could feasibly have had a double hat trick. I suppose four is an acceptable haul though.

Substitutes

Fernandinho – 7 – Impressive. Tackled well and worked well with the rest of the midfield. Hopefully this will stop people talking of a World Cup hangover, it’s time to let that one go.

Jovetic – 6 – Got 20 minutes on the pitch but had little chance to make a real impact.

Toure – 6 – Came on in the 76th minute and looked confident but had no opportunity to make a decisive impact.

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3 comments on “PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  1. Tend to agree with the ratings – although having watched MoTD it looks likes Demichelis was unlucky to concede the penalty. I think it was a pretty decent shift from the team given the return from the international break, the change in personnel (no doubt with the Moscow trip in mind) AND against a decent Spurs team. I thought Navas was a real handful for most of the game and although he could maybe have done better I thought his contribution was important.

  2. Don’t know why people do these ratings, Clichy played really well up and down the left and made at least 4 good crosses into the box, Sagna was not as good as Clichy it was his best game for us but did not carry the threat that Zabaleta does and just got in the way if anything.

    • Thanks for taking the time to read and comment Dave.

      I think part of the reason for doing ratings it to offer and opinion and encourage discussion where there is disagreement – in which case it’s been a success!

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