PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City

That’s what we call divine intervention!

Gabriel Jesus is turning out to be one of the best signings we’ve made in recent years and he paid back the trust shown in him by Pep by giving a match-winning performance and scoring two goals when the team most needed him. The performance by the team was a mixed bag overall with the second half being quite poor in comparison to the first half dominance.

Here’s how I rated the individual performances on the day.


13. Willy Caballero – 8/10

A few more performances like this one in between the sticks and he will find himself the undisputed first choice keeper for the team. He saved excellently from Sigurdsson’s free kick and his passing was excellent. Never felt the pressure even when being closed down and his distribution was as good as Bravo’s, if not better.

25. Fernandinho – 6/10

Started the game at right back after seeing his spot in the team taken up by the in form Toure. I was slightly unsure of this decision at first but it proved to be a good one since he was not fully match sharp and at full back the mistakes that he made, especially in the final third, went largely unpunished. Put in a shift as usual and did well to defend when Swansea put pressure in the second half.

24. John Stones – 7/10

Had a fairly good game but was partially at fault for the goal as he didn’t tackle Sigurdsson who put the ball between his legs. Passed well, was alert to the danger and kept Llorente out of the game for long periods.

11. Aleksandar Kolarov – 8/10

Defended resolutely, was good in the air and didn’t let anyone run behind him. His performances have been better lately but he still won’t keep Vinny out of the team when he’s back.

22. Gael Clichy – 6/10

Again, the attack that got Swansea the equaliser started from his side and he should have done better. Can’t hold him to a lot of fault as he was largely faultless and tried to get the ball to Sane as often as possible.

42. Yaya Toure – 7/10

Controlled the play well in the first half and tried to keep the team together in the second. Faded a little as the game went on, however so did most of the team. Still didn’t misplace any passes and helped with the forward play when City went all out to get the winner. Was unlucky not to score from the free kick.

21. David Silva – 7/10

His control of the ball is magical, one of the reasons why he’s called Merlin. The way he put the cross that got the opening goal was brilliant. Tried to get forward in the second half as well but was let down by his finishing yet again. Also put in the cross that Jesus scored the winner from.

17. Kevin De Bruyne – 6/10

An off day for him by his usual lofty standards and even though he hardly did anything wrong, there’s a certain brilliance that I’ve come to expect from him. His passing lacked that magic at times and his influence in the final third was inadequate in the second half.

19. Leroy Sane – 8/10

Beat his man on a number of occasions and was lively throughout. Swansea drowned him out of the game in the second half by their pressure. Still was great going forward.

7. Raheem Sterling – 7/10

Was okay with everything he did, exceptional with nothing. Still needs to work on his finishing and final 3rd decision making. Also looks like he could do with some rest.

33. Gabriel Jesus – 9/10

What a player. I am still trying to restrain my expectations of him but he looks so, so good. Both his goals were excellent poacher’s finishes and he was excellent in the buildup and he led the pressing and was disappointed with the support he got in the second half.


10. Sergio Aguero – 6/10

Came on from the bench again and it was easy to see that he’s feeling the pressure. He tried hard to get involved in the game however he doesn’t look as mobile at the moment and he sometimes tried to do too much by himself rather than passing the ball to teammates in better positions. I however refuse to believe that he will be sold as City need both Jesus and him to be champions and England and Europe.

5. Pablo Zabaleta – 7/10

Put in decent tackles and was more natural at right back than Fernandinho.

6. Fernando – Came on too late to mark

Brought on as a time wasting exercise but it was nice to see him back on the pitch.

Written by Manan Monga

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