Barring a draw against Everton, Manchester City have had a sizzling start to their premier league campaign and this week especially has been simply brilliant for them. After smashing five past Liverpool and four past Feyernoord, Watford were next at the Vicarage and City absolutely charred them. A hat-trick from Sergio Aguero and goals from Raheem Sterling, Jesus and Nicolas Otemendi shattered Marco Silva’s Hornets. Here is how the Citizens have been rated after a top victory:-
GK: Ederson Moraes – 7/10
Hardly had anything to do except for passing the ball out from the back. Clean-sheet is a bonus.
RB: Kyle Walker – 7.5/10
It was a typical Walker performance, marching down the right and taking command of his region. Got an assist as well.
CB: Nicolas Otamendi – 7/10
Needed a little time to read Watford’s attacking intents and eventually settled well to prevent Gray from exploiting the team on counters. Got a goal through a majestic header too!
CB: John Stones – 7/10
Had to deal with both Richarlison and Gray initially and he did a fine job. Kept his discipline throughout and put on a decent performance.
LB: Benjamin Mendy – 7/10
Wasted no opportunity to go forward and kept a firm grip on the left side. End product needs a slight improvement that is the crosses.
CDM: Fernandinho – 7.5/10
Has become really silent and that can be largely due to the other players running the show for the team but there’s no way City can be stable without the stability Fernandinho brings. His anchoring role has been good so far.
CM: David Silva – 9/10
Silva was simply world class and he never fails to create or penetrate. He got two lovely assists as well. Magician!
CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 8.5/10
Top class with his deliveries and he got the first assist with a beautiful ball helping Aguero score. Flamboyant and impressive.
FW: Raheem Sterling – 7/10
He was okayish all game and contributed decently to the proceedings. Won a penalty in the dying minutes and converted it himself.
FW: Gabriel Jesus – 8/10
He was pretty excellent with his movements all game. Set up City’s second with cute dribbling from the left and made a really good move to lure the ball from Aguero and finish smoothly. His chemistry with the Argentinian is building nicely.
FW: Sergio Aguero – 9/10
This was Aguero at his lethal best. 3 goals and an assist! World class.
FW: Bernardo Silva – 6/10
Kept the flow of the ball ticking.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10
His very first touch was an outstanding pass and could have arguably been the best. It was good to see him back on the pitch.
FW: Leroy Sane – 6/10
No major impact as such.