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De Bruyne Gets 7, Mendy With 3 | Manchester City Players Rated In Draw Vs Leeds United

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Manchester City clashed heads with Leeds United at Elland Road earlier this evening hoping to bounce back from their humiliating 5-2 home defeat at the hands of Leicester City last weekend. Pep Guardiola’s men made a strong start to the match and took the lead in the 17th minute courtesy of Raheem Sterling’s goal. However, the Whites came back into the game with a vengeance but couldn’t manage to get themselves back level in the first half.

The West Yorkshire outfit kept pushing after the half-time break and finally got the all-important equaliser when Rodrigo scored in the 59th minute after pouncing on a mistake from Ederson. Both teams fought tooth and nail in the remainder of the contest but couldn’t make another breakthrough as the match finished 1-1 after the full-time whistle.

Let’s take a look at how each Man City player fared during the match against the Whites.

GK: Ederson – 6/10

The Brazilian keeper was guilty of not clearing his lines in the lead-up to Leeds’ equaliser. However, he made amends for his error by making a few important saves to salvage a point for his team.

RB: Kyle Walker – 7/10

The English right-back defended well at the back and was always trying to pull off a few driving runs down the right flank.

CB: Ruben Dias – 6/10

Dias had a tough game on his debut but didn’t commit too many mistakes inside his half. However, he will be disappointed for not securing the shutout.

CB: Aymeric Laporte – 6.5/10

The Man City defender passed the ball well out from the back and did enough to neutralise the threat of Patrick Bamford during the 90 minutes.

Manchester City player ratings vs Leeds United (Man City players are in action in the picture)
Raheem Sterling of Manchester City and Luke Ayling of Leeds United react as the ball goes out of play during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Manchester City at Elland Road on October 03, 2020, in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

LB: Benjamin Mendy – 3/10

The French full-back looked nervy when in possession of the ball and committed a couple of schoolboy errors at the back which went unpunished. He was a liability on the field and was rightfully replaced in the second half.

CM: Phil Foden – 6/10

The English youngster made some good runs in behind the Leeds defence but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.

CM: Rodri – 6.5/10

He provided some decent protection in defence when his teammates were getting stretched during the Leeds’ counter-attacks. However, he struggled to find a telling ball in the opposition half.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10

The Belgian midfielder was desperately unlucky not to score with his excellent freekick in the first half. He was a constant threat and created plenty of inviting goal-scoring opportunities in the attacking third.

LW: Raheem Sterling – 7/10

The English speedster gave his team the lead with a tidy finish in the 17th minute. However, he was responsible for squandering quite a few decent chances in front of the Leeds goal.

ST: Riyad Mahrez – 5/10

The Algerian playmaker tried to make things happen but never looked like he had a goal in him today.

RW: Ferran Torres – 6.5/10

Torres began the contest brightly and has got an assist to show for his efforts. However, he ran out of the gas and got subbed in the second half.

Substitutes:

RW: Bernardo Silva – 6/10

The Portuguese wide player tried to make things happen after coming off the bench but never looked like scoring himself.

CM: Fernandinho – 6/10

The veteran player added some energy to Man City’s midfield.

CB: Nathan Ake – 6/10

He sorted things out defensively and kept the opposition attackers at bay during his time on the field.

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