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Haaland Gets 9, Rodri With 8.5 | Manchester City Players Rated In Comfortable Win 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 faced off against Leeds United at Elland Road earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a positive result away from home in the Premier League. Man City made a dominant start to the game and managed to get themselves ahead in the first half injury-time when Rodri scored with an easy finish. The Mancunian club went into the half-time break 1-0 up on the scoreline.

Erling Haaland stepped up and scored a quick-fire brace in the second half to put Man City 3-0 up on the night. Pascal Struijk netted a consolation goal for Leeds in the 73rd minute but Pep Guardiola’s men ended up cruising to a comfortable 3-1 win on the road.

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

GK: Ederson – 6/10

The Brazilian keeper didn’t have a save to make in the game and will be disappointed for not keeping a clean sheet.

RB: Rico Lewis – 7/10

He was solid when defending inside his half and made two good chances in the final third.

CB: John Stones – 6.5/10

The English defender was a strong presence in the air and earned the ball back once for his team.

CB: Manuel Akanji – 6/10

Akanji made a couple of crucial clearances at the back but won’t be happy after letting in a goal in the second half.

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LB: Nathan Ake – 7/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back and was a threat going forward.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5/10

The Belgian international managed to create some decent chances for others around him but failed to register a goal.

CM: Rodri – 8.5/10

Rodri anchored the midfield with conviction and had a few lively moments in the final third. He scored the all-important opening goal for Man City as well.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 6.5/10

The German got stuck in with some solid tackles and was a threat going forward.

RW: Riyad Mahrez – 7.5/10

He engineered some decent chances for others around him and was accurate with his passing.

ST: Erling Haaland – 9/10

Haaland caused all sorts of problems for the Leeds defenders and has got a brace to his name.

LW: Jack Grealish – 8/10

He was always looking to create plays for others around him and has got a couple of assists to show for his efforts.

Substitutes:

RB: Joao Cancelo – 6/10

He offered very little after coming on as a substitute.

LW: Phil Foden – 6/10

Foden struggled to get into the flow of the game.

CM: Cole Palmer – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to influence the game.

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