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Mahrez Gets 9.5, Haaland With 8 | Manchester City Players Rated In Impressive Win Vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Manchester City entertained Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to earn a good result at home. The Mancunian giants made a poor start to the game and conceded two quick-fire goals in the latter stages of the first half as Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal both got their names on the scoresheet. Pep Guardiola’s men went into the half-time break 2-0 down on the scoreline.

Julian Alvarez pulled a goal back for the home side in the 51st minute before Erling Haaland equalised for Man City just two minutes later. Riyad Mahrez went on to score a second-half brace as Guardiola’s side cruised to a 4-2 win in front of their home fans.

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

GK: Ederson – 6/10

The Brazilian keeper made one solid save during the game but conceded two poor goals in the latter stages of the first half.

RB: Rico Lewis – 6.5/10

Lewis managed to impress at times going forward but looked a bit rattled at the back.

CB: John Stones – 6.5/10

He made a few important clearances at the back and was accurate with his passing.

CB: Manuel Akanji – 6.5/10

Akanji didn’t do much wrong at the back and was accurate with his passing.

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

LB: Nathan Ake – 7/10

Ake gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and made one good chance going forward.

CM: Rodri – 7/10

He was a bit underwhelming in the first half but produced a dominant display in the second. Rodri has got an assist to show for his efforts.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 6.5/10

Gundogan produced a battling performance at the centre of the park but lacked quality in the final third.

RW: Riyad Mahrez – 9.5/10

Mahrez began the game slowly but produced an excellent showing in the second 45 minutes. He scored two fine goals to win the game for Man City and even picked up an assist.

CAM: Julian Alvarez – 7.5/10

His early goal in the second half gave his teammates the belief to go on and get the victory.

LW: Jack Grealish – 7/10

He engineered some meaningful openings for others around him but there was no goal for him tonight.

ST: Erling Haaland – 8/10

Haaland wasted some great chances to score but scored the all-important equaliser in the 53rd minute.

Substitutes:

CM: Bernardo Silva – N/A

Silva added some energy to Guardiola’s midfield.

RB: Kyle Walker – N/A

He didn’t get enough time to make an impact.

CB: Ruben Dias – N/A

The Portuguese talent came on for the final few minutes of the game.

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