It was an edgy game at Wembley, played on a pitch wrecked by Sunday’s NFL encounter, with both teams handing each other counter-attacking opportunities with misplaced passes in vital areas.
In all fairness, the pitch was embarrassing and it wasn’t the players’ fault that neither team could settle properly. However, Pep Guardiola’s men showed their defensive resilience as they held on to their early lead and bagged three valuable points home in a difficult away fixture.
The Citizens currently sit at the top of the Premier League table, ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool only in terms of goal difference, with both at 26 points. Riyadh Mahrez opened the scoring for Man City following a brilliant skilful display from Raheem Sterling, who got the assist. After scoring the goal Mahrez pointed to the sky and dedicated the goal to the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died tragically in a plane crash recently.
Ederson(7/10): Did not have much to do in the whole game, but it was his long pass towards Sterling which forced Trippier to make a mistake and the visitors took full advantage of it as Mahrez scored from Sterling’s pass seconds later.
Kyle Walker(6/10): Walker’s energy and work rate made up for his sloppy possessional play. He was good at going forward and tracking back but lost possession on numerous occasions.
John Stones(7/10): Stones was rock-solid, especially in the second half when Pochetino’s side was putting crosses and long balls forward too often.
Aymeric Laporte(6/10): A few errors might have lowered the French defender’s rating, but his strong and brave defending along with brilliant long balls in the final third made up for it.
Benjamin Mendy(5/10): Not quite the Mendy we are used to seeing, the left-back was poor, especially in duels against Moussa Sissoko. Not a promising display.
Fernandinho(8/10): The Brazilian was the most important player for Man City, playing vital passes, intercepting, tackling, he did everything to help the team win three valuable points.
Bernardo Silva(6.5/10): A decent game from the Portuguese, a few passes were given away here and there, but he was okay.
David Silva(6.5/10): Whatever moves City created, Silva was involved in it. But the Spurs defenders overcrowded him in the final third to limit his impact and they were successful.
Riyad Mahrez(7/10): Made the difference between the two sides by scoring an early goal. Had two more chances afterward, one effort was brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris and another one missed.
Raheem Sterling(7/10): After a blistering cameo in the opening minutes of the game, Sterling was quiet for almost the entire game. Grabbed an assist.
Sergio Agüero(6/10): The Argentinian could have done better, had one good shot on target which was saved by Lloris and for the rest of the match he didn’t see much of the ball.
Kevin De Bruyne(6/10) (for Agüero 71)
Vincent Kompany(N/A) (for David Silva 89)
Jesus(N/A) (for Mahrez 90).