Last season’s Premier League champions maintained possession in the early stages of the match and pushed Arsenal away with real confidence, to the point of creating direct errors in the Gunners ’defensive setup. They didn’t rush in without thinking, but at the same time, they never gave up and constantly kept the ball moving even when it wasn’t heading towards them.
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Each final bullet lacked any sort of substance, and this can largely be attributed to miscommunication. That goes for their attacking stars as well as their full four, and if you’re looking for a team with real unity and cohesion, you certainly won’t find one here. If teams are able to absorb their pressure and hit them on the counter, City seem to fall apart more often than not.
Manager rating out of 10
5 – Guardiola stayed true to the status quo when it came to his starting lineup, but there was something pretty one-dimensional in the way they played. The Spaniard has always been stubborn in his management style and this has been repeated through repetitive and frankly unsuccessful display across large parts of the game. He has made changes, but you could say they should have mixed the things ahead of time.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players presented after 70 minutes do not receive any marks)
GK Ederson, 6 – The City goalkeeper may have made two major saves from Shkodran Mustafi and Aubameyang, but he couldn’t help the latter to hug – largely because of his disappointment in his defense.
DF Benjamin Mendy, 4 years old – He may have great power when climbing into the opponent’s half, but he really let go for both goals after failing to reach his man for the first before playing Aubameyang backwards for the second.
DF Aymeric Laporte, 4 years old – Smoothing superb balls offshore only takes you so far, as Laporte discovered today with another projection below average.
DF Eric Garcia, 5 ans – The youngster showed a real lack of composure both on and off the ball, and it bled in his decision making. His instinctive blocks helped, but a solid performance is so much more than that.
DF Kyle Walker, 4 ans – The English international will not want to see Maitland-Niles anytime soon after an evening of shadow hunting, which included poor positioning for both goals.
MF David Silva, 5 years old – The veteran was slowing the pace of the game, but not in a way that was of real benefit to the favorites. In a rare case, it was missing the tip that we are so used to seeing.
MF Ilkay Gundogan, 4 ans – It was another excruciating day at Gundogan’s office from his heavy touches to being completely dominated in the middle of the park.
MF Kevin De Bruyne, 6 years old – The Belgian’s performance was not always in focus, but he was a constant threat in the last third, although he did not wear out well during the match.
FW Raheem Sterling, 3 ans – He had several opportunities to test the goalkeeper and potentially even score, but his day ended with a cross that bounced off the face of the former Liverpool man and fell flat in Emiliano’s arms Martinez.
FW Gabriel Jesus, 3 years old – There is a real anxiety in the game of Jesus which made it almost useless, and today, it has disappeared a lot.
FW Riyad Mahrez, 5 – Getting in behind Arsenal was clearly difficult for him, but he created one of City’s best chances by cutting in and testing Martinez at the near post in the 54th minute.
MF Rodri, 6 years old – Unable to bring the kind of control to midfield as many expected when he was introduced.
FW Phil Foden, 5 years old – Tried to help orchestrate great moves, but ultimately, he just couldn’t help them break Arsenal.
MF Fernandinho, N / A – He looked energetic and got off to a pretty good start on the pitch, but he couldn’t inspire a comeback.