Player Ratings: Man City 2-1 Sunderland

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Here are Fresh Football’s ratings for Guardiola’s first game in charge of City against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City

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Willy Caballero – 5

Great save in the 40th minute to deny Defoe. Poor distribution and did not look too comfortable throughout the game, made dodgy decisions and his handling was pretty poor. Could not do much for Defoe’s goal.

Bacary Sagna – 6

Nice and tidy in possession and was solid throughout. Saw a header glance just wide in the 82nd minute.

John Stones – 7

Solid debut, well positioned in defence and was very comfortable on the ball.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 7

Partnered Stones at CB, good in possession with brilliant cross field passes, solid showing.

Gael Clichy – 6.5

Clichy done well this evening, playing in the new system he looked comfortable, kept Watmore quiet and helped out the midfield and attack.

Fernandinho – 8

Excellent in the middle of the park, strong and was always an outlet for Stones / Kolarov from the back.

David Silva – 6.5

Played in a deeper role and looked ok, his link up play with Noltio was very good on the eye. Recycled the ball well as always and was always positive on the ball.

Nolito – 6

Looked sharp and showcased some excellent skills.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6

Was not his best game by all means but was good in possession and often looked to create chances.

Raheem Sterling (MOTM) – 8.5

Looked lively all game, won the penalty for Aguero in the opening three minutes. Good on the ball and was positive most of the time, good first game for Sterling.

Sergio Aguero – 7

Converted City’s first goal inside three minutes with a clinical finish, was kept reasonably quiet but always looked good on the ball and was always on the move. Missed a golden chance in the 60th minute but did not see much of the ball after.

Sunderland

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Vito Mannone – 5

Conceded the penalty but was very quiet for most of the game. Good save from KDB free-kick then conceded thanks to an OG.

Donald Love – 6

Had a tough afternoon against the skillful Nolito and then Sterling, was not always beaten though and certainly showed some character.

Lamine Kone – 6.5

Was solid at the back for Sunderland, saw his header fall to Defoe who nearly scored, good performance.

Younas Kaboul – 6.5

Much like Kone, did not have the busiest afternoon but was solid when called upon.

Patrick Van Aanholt – 4

Given the run around by Sterling to give away the penalty, had a head to head battle all afternoon in a tough game.

John O’shea – 5

Played in a unnatural position in midfield, was often overrun by the brilliant Silva / De Bruyne but did protect the back four well.

Jack Rodwell – 4.5

Struggled to cope in the middle, often was dispossessed or was given the ball away, not the best afternoons for the former City man.

Fabio Borini – 5

Was quiet for most of the game, always wanted to go forward on the ball and did deliver some good crosses.

Duncan Watmore – 5.5

Was very direct and positive with the ball, was not able to create much and the City defence kept him quiet.

Lynden Gooch – 5.5

Looked lively on the ball and put in some dangerous crosses. Confident on the ball and tracked back well. Good debut for the youngster.

Jermain Defoe – 6.5

Saw a good chance saved by the City keeper, but scored a great clinical goal in the 71st minute.

Subs:

City

Jesus Navas (58) – 6

Played on the right and often used his pace to try beat his marker, put in some good crosses but didn’t make a huge difference. Assisted the goal on the 86th minute.

Fabian Delph (64) -5

Showed a consistent showing as always, Pep will use him in many different positions throughout the season.

Kelechi Iheanacho (79) – N/A

Missed a golden chance in the 89th minute, was quiet apart from that.

Sunderland

Adnan Januzaj (64) – 4.5

Done ok when he come on, worked the wing well and won a few set pieces for Sunderland. He often took the set-pieces and hit the first man, poor corners.

Wahbi Khazri (64) – 4

Was kept quiet and struggled to get into the game.

Paddy Mcnair (82) – 1
Within four minutes scored an own goal, sure he wished he stayed on the bench.