3-0, three wins on the bounce and three more points. It’s good to get a winning run started after all the negativity following the consecutive defeats against Chelsea and Leicester. Hopefully the team will carry this confidence and resilience into the game against Liverpool.
Here’s how I rated the lads against Hull.
1 Claudio Bravo – 5/10
Made a couple of decent saves but was bailed out by Sagna when the score was still 0-0. Needs to improve his decision making and communication.
3 Bacary Sagna – 8/10
Great defending by him in this one and that has been very rarely said of someone in a City shirt lately. Two excellent blocks kept City in the game and he showed great awareness and intelligence, especially for the off the line clearance. Should probably be kept around as back up next season.
30 Nicolas Otamendi – 7/10
He’s a good defender and has been part of a defence that has conceded only once in the last three games. Still has that odd moment of rashness in him but I can see him getting consistently better under Pep.
24 John Stones – 6/10
Was doing well until he got injured really early on in the game. Cleared the ball once and was stronger on it too. Hope he gets fit soon.
22 Gael Clichy – 7/10
Has been playing better lately but I still feel that is due to lack of a real test for him. Will be interesting to see how he copes against Sadio Mane next time out. Offers pace and options while getting forward.
25 Fernandinho – 7/10
Good to see him back. Took off some pressure from Yaya defensively and helped City keep possession and defended excellently too.
17 Kevin De Bruyne – 8/10
He’s an absolute star. Every time he gets on the ball he’s looking to make a difference. He’s also great at winning it back. Could be seen pointing his teammates around, even the more senior David Silva and I absolutely love it when someone takes control of the game on the pitch and turns it around. Continued his love affair with the post as well.
21 David Silva – 7/10
Worked hard for the team and surprisingly committed quite a few fouls as well. He’s a different player than he was a couple years ago but his confidence on the ball and experience in the league will continue to be an asset.
42 Yaya Toure – 8/10
When Sterling won that penalty, my mind instantly went to who would take it. Aguero is out, De Bruyne missed last time out. But then I saw Yaya on the screen. And seeing the big man take his stuttered run up and blasting it in was a really joyful way to break the deadlock. Controlled the game, his new work rate is great to see.
7 Raheem Sterling – 7/10
His moment of inspiration was what won the penalty that put us in a lead at a time when Hull were gaining confidence. Needs to improve his finishing but he really is a definite starter in this team full of stars.
9 Nolito – 5/10
Looked off colour and struggled to create anything. Tried to trick his way past the hulking Hull defenders when what was really needed was running between the lines and getting in behind them.
11 Aleksandar Kolarov – 7/10
Good chance that he will continue to play more games at centre back after this performance. Had a tough time dealing with Mbokani, but didn’t let him go, even if it meant committing some tactical fouls. Solid.
72 Kelechi Iheanacho – 8/10
Added an extra dimension to the attack and what was probably needed as he attracted a lot of the attention from the centre backs of Hull which is evident in the build up to his goal as he drags three defenders away from Silva with his run and picks up a goal which looks easier than it is. Clinical.
6 Fernando – Came on too late to mark
Was brought on as a time wasting exercise.
Written by Manan Monga
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