Manchester City locked horns with Sporting CP at the José Alvalade Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to secure a victory on the road. Man City made a quick start to the game and got their noses ahead in the seventh minute when Riyad Mahrez got his name on the scoresheet. Bernardo Silva doubled Man City’s advantage with a stunning strike just ten minutes later. Phil Foden made it 3-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side after the half-hour mark when he found the back of the net as well. Silva added another goal late in the first half as the Mancunian giants were leading 4-0 at half-time.
Raheem Sterling scored Man City’s fifth goal with a great effort in the 58th minute as the Premier League champions ended up securing a 5-0 win away in Portugal.
Let’s take a look at how each Manchester City player performed during the match against Sporting CP.
GK: Ederson – 6.5/10
The Brazilian keeper didn’t have a save to make in the game and earned an easy clean sheet away from home.
RB: John Stones – 7/10
He had a good game in the first half but got replaced in the 61st minute.
CB: Ruben Dias – 7/10
Dias dealt with mostly everything that came his way and earned an important clean sheet on the road.
CB: Aymeric Laporte – 7.5/10
The Spaniard was strong in the air and made some crucial defensive contributions at the back.
LB: Joao Cancelo – 7/10
Cancelo did his fair share of defending and was lively on the ball as well.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5/10
The Belgian talent was always looking to create chances for others around him and has got an assist to show for his efforts.
CM: Rodri – 7.5/10
He did a little bit of everything at the centre of the park and helped establish Man City’s dominance over the opposition throughout the 90 minutes.
CM: Bernardo Silva – 9.5/10
Silva caused all kinds of problems for the opposition and ended the game with two goals and one assist to his name.
RW: Riyad Mahrez – 9/10
He created a lot of headaches for the Sporting defenders but has a goal and an assist to his name.
ST: Phil Foden – 7/10
Foden did well to score in the first half but got substituted at the hour mark.
LW: Raheem Sterling – 9.5/10
Sterling ran the show for his team in the final third and scored a memorable goal in the second half to cap off a fine win for his team away in Portugal.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10
He added some energy to Guardiola’s midfield.
LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6/10
Zinchenko made one good run going forward.
CM: Fernandinho – 6/10
He injected some bite and steel to Man City’s midfield.
CB: Nathan Ake – N/A
Ake did well to see out the win with the clean sheet intact.
ST: Liam Delap – N/A
He didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.