Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Foden Gets 8, Laporte With 7.5 | Manchester City Players Rated In Narrow Loss Vs Brentford

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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 entertained Brentford at the Etihad Stadium earlier today as they hoped to secure a positive result at home in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s men made a poor start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the 16th minute when Ivan Toney found the back of the net. However, Man City equalised in the first half injury-time when Phil Foden scored with an unstoppable strike. Both sides went into the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.

The home side pushed on in search of the victory in the second half but conceded a goal in injury time when Toney scored again with a composed finish. Man City ended up suffering a narrow 2-1 loss at the Etihad.

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

GK: Ederson – 7/10

He made a few important saves at the back but won’t be happy after failing to keep a clean sheet in both halves.

RB: John Stones – 6.5/10

Stones made some crucial defensive contributions and engineered two key chances going forward.

CB: Manuel Akanji – 6/10

He was good on the ball and managed to pick up an assist for setting up Foden’s goal. However, Akanji failed to keep Ivan Toney quiet during the game.

CB: Aymeric Laporte – 7.5/10

The Spaniard made a lot of essential clearances on the defensive end of the field and created some decent openings for his teammates in the opponent’s half.

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

LB: Joao Cancelo – 6.5/10

Cancelo looked vulnerable defensively but was a threat in the final third.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5/10

The Belgian international showed some flashes of what he is capable of but failed to register a goal today.

CM: Rodri – 7/10

Rodri was always trying to get involved in the final third and got stuck in with some solid tackles as well.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10

Gundogan earned the ball back once but struggled to threaten the Brentford goal.

RW: Bernardo Silva – 7/10

The Portuguese talent made a few dangerous runs with the ball and orchestrated some promising chances from the right flank.

ST: Erling Haaland – 6.5/10

Haaland linked up play well with others around him but failed to get his name on the scoresheet today.

LW: Phil Foden – 8/10

The English sensation was a constant menace in the final third and scored a great goal in the dying embers of the first half.

Substitutes:

ST: Julian Alvarez – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

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