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Rodri Gets 8, Stones With 7 | Manchester City Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Crystal Palace

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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 locked horns with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park earlier this evening as they looked to bag all three points on the road. Pep Guardiola‘s men made a decent start to the game but were held to a scoreless draw at the half-time interval.

Man City pushed on in search of the winner in the second half and finally found it courtesy of Erling Haaland’s penalty in the 78th minute. The contest ended with the Mancunian side earning a hard-fought 2-1 draw away from home.

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

GK: Ederson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian keeper didn’t have a save to make in the game and secured an easy clean sheet at Selhurst Park.

RB: John Stones – 7/10

He performed his defensive responsibilities well and made one good chance in the final third.

CB: Manuel Akanji – 7/10

Akanji was a rock at the back and did enough to secure the clean sheet this evening.

CB: Ruben Dias – 6.5/10

He didn’t do much wrong on the defensive end of the field and was accurate with his ball distribution.

Manchester City (Pep Guardiola)
Manchester City (Pep Guardiola)

LB: Nathan Ake – 7/10

Ake was a strong presence in the air and made two decent chances in the final third.

CM: Rodri – 8/10

The Spaniard was a positive influence at both ends of the field and won his fair share of aerial duels as well.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 7/10

He controlled the flow of the game well at the centre of the park.

RW: Phil Foden – 7/10

Foden worked hard defensively and was a lively presence in the Palace half.

CAM: Bernardo Silva – 6.5/10

He showed a couple of glimpses of what he is capable of but failed to register a goal.

LW: Jack Grealish – 7/10

The English sensation made some good runs with the ball on the left wing and engineered a couple of inviting chances for his teammates.

ST: Erling Haaland – 6.5/10

Haaland was a potent threat in the final third and managed to score the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.


ST: Julian Alvarez – 7/10

Alvarez was a real threat in front of the opponent’s goal.

CAM: Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5/10

He made one good run with the ball.

RB: Kyle Walker – N/A

Walker hardly had any time to influence the game.

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