These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Stoke City’s home game versus Manchester City at the Bet365 Stadium.
Shay Given – 5
There wasn’t a great deal the veteran goalkeeper could do to deny Sérgio Agüero and Nolito a brace each.
Phil Bardsley – 6.5
The ex-Manchester United man was lively throughout the encounter, on top of sussing Raheem Sterling’s routines.
Ryan Shawcross – 6
Shawcross managed to silence Agüero for large periods of the game, but his performance was, ultimately, blemished by the penalty committed on Nicolás Otamendi in the first half.
Philipp Wollscheid – 5
The German defender looked fairly unaware at times at the back, whereas his passing was also disappointing.
Erik Pieters – 5.5
His influence grew slightly as the game went on, but the left back looked visibly rusty. Did all he had to do, mind, in impeding Navas’ crosses.
Glen Whelan – 5
A quiet performance from Stoke’s anchorman.
Gianelli Imbula – 3.5
Stoke’s record signing tried to make things happen every time he got hold of the ball, but the trickiest part of all was keeping it. The story of his game.
Joe Allen – 6
The ex-Liverpool player never gave in to the score line. Noteworthy work ethic, as always.
Bojan Krkić – 5.5
Bojan’s input was stifled out wide, but the Spaniard started to come into the game as he roamed centrally in the second half, in particular following Imbula’s exit.
Marko Arnautović – 5
There was nothing but tantrums in the first half, but the Austrian managed to channel much of that anger into his will to turn the game around, which, unfortunately for him, proved to be fruitless.
Mame Biram Diouf – 5
Diouf caused John Stones a spot of bother with his runs and physicality, but couldn’t cope with Otamendi’s added presence.
Jonathan Walters – N/A
Willy Caballero – 5.5
Bar a forgetful spell of 15 minutes in the second half, Caballero remained fairly composed throughout.
Pablo Zabaleta – 5.5
Zabaleta will have played better games, but he certainly could have done a lot worse.
John Stones – 5
The £47 million-pound man struggled with Diouf’s physicality, whereas his passing needed a bit of tuning too.
Nicolás Otamendi – 7
One of Otamendi’s best displays in a City shirt from a defensive perspective, covering for Stones’ shortcomings and anticipating much of the danger throughout the entirety of the game.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 5.5
A surprisingly timid performance from Kolarov going forward, but there can be little complaints about his defensive duties.
Fernandinho – 7
Pulling the strings from deep, the Brazilian was particularly impressive with his passes between the lines to bypass Stoke’s midfield.
Jesus Navas – 4
A dismal afternoon for Jesus Navas, making all the right runs on his flank, but lacking accuracy with his passes at almost every noteworthy opportunity he had.
Kevin De Bruyne – 5
The Belgian hasn’t quite got into the new routines of a Guardiola side, whereas his final ball in transition was surprisingly disappointing, too.
David Silva – 6.5
Not the mercurial performance we’d often associate with David Silva, but the Spaniard led City’s pressing well in an attempt to regain possession as soon as possible.
Raheem Sterling – 5.5
Nothing quite came off for Sterling today, who was also pretty unfortunate to give away a penalty in the second half, but the ex-Liverpool winger did at least gift Nolito a goal as the game came to a close.
Sérgio Agüero – 6.5
Often starved of service in the second half, Agüero had already done his job in the first period with a brace.
Nolito – 6.5
Goals win games, and that’s what Nolito was able to do when replacing Navas with his two goals, albeit from very close range and with the keeper Shay Given, out of position.
Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A
It’s difficult to rate Kelechi’s performance based on ten minutes or so of football, but the young striker stayed true to his tradition of making an impact with little time left, assisting one and, soon after, dummying a pass to Sterling expertly that led to City’s fourth goal.