An emphatic victory over Stoke City with an even emphatic scoreline will flatter Manchester City slightly, but there’s no doubt that tonight’s performance was another one from Pep Guardiola’s revitalized side. They looked solid at both ends of the pitch and were particularly impressive in front of the goal, where, despite a slight dip in form in the second half they constantly caused problems for Stoke’s back-line. Sterling, De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero in particular enjoyed their time in front of the goal, whilst Nolito was at the right place in the right time to wrap up another win for Citizens.
Willy Caballero – 6/10
Looked very unsure on the ball, couple of dodgy moments which were ironical given how Hart has been kept out of the first team.
Pablo Zabaleta – 6/10
Had a tough game as he was given a run for the money by a very physical and tricky Arnautovic. A booking later in the game meant he had go pull out of challenges, did well in midfield later.
John Stones – 8/10
Had a great game, composed on the ball, distribution was top notch and he also showed that how good he’s in his physical play. His presence while making great interceptions also fared well for Manchester City.
Nicholas Otamendi – 7/10
Argentine looked rugged up and made some great tackles during the game. His ball distribution and decision making was at time awful.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 5/10
Had a torrid torrid game, was caught out of position a lot of times, Bojan kept him busy for full 90 minutes. But he later grew his presence in the match and ended on a high.
Fernandinho – 6/10
Didn’t seem to be his usual self today, had a rather okay game but his passing, vision and defensive cover was at time too good, just at times though.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10
Still seem to be off the mark, but had better game today. Kept the ball well, looked to create few chances. Initiated a lot of attacking moves for City but just failed to convert some himself as he gave an assist to Aguero’s second goal from a free-kick.
David Silva – 8/10
Some lovely football from the wee man, yet again – the Spanish press reckon Pep wants him to be his City version of Iniesta, and he is showing the same touch and influence.
His presence was on every blade of the grass. Pulled all the strings of Manchester City’s attacks today.
Raheem Sterling – 8/10
English youngster looked rejuvenated under Pep Guardiola as he kept his great form going and was total menace for Stoke’s defense to deal with. Made some great runs, created a few chances and ended up scoring one too.
Sergio Aguero – 8/10
Got an early penalty which his converted with sheer confidence and later doubled his score with a deft touch from De Bruyne’s free-kick. Was hard to deal with for Shawcross and co. , his physical was also of top level. A great start to his season with 3 goals in 2 matches.
Fabian Delph: N/A
Came on late and did a fine job for his team.
Kelechi Iheanacho: 6.5/10
Played 10 minutes of the game and made an impact on the match with his run in the set-up to Nolito’s first goal.
Came on as a substitute and scored a couple of goals for Manchester City in a really comfortable win.