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How Manchester City rated as they all-but secured their top four spot with victory over West Brom

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Manchester City will go into the final day of the Premier League season needing just a point to secure their top four finish after they comfortably saw off West Brom at the Etihad on Tuesday.

Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring mid-way through the first-half when he tapped into an empty net, before Kevin de Bruyne turned from provider to goal-scorer within two minutes with a curling effort.

Yaya Toure added a third shortly after the break, starting and finishing a smart move inside the West Brom final third, while Hal Robson-Kanu salvaged a late consolation for the visitors near the end.

With Arsenal also winning against Sunderland on Tuesday night, City will go into their final day trip to Watford just needing to better the Gunners’ result against Everton to secure a top four finish.

See below for how Pep Guardiola’s side rated in their final match at the Etihad Stadium this season.

Willy Caballero – Will be annoyed with himself that he let his clean sheet slip in the dying moments on Tuesday, allowing Robson-Kanu’s effort to slip underneath his outstretched legs. 5.

Aleksander Kolarov – Re-instated to the starting eleven after three games on the bench, he nearly gave his side the lead with a trademark free-kick but for Foster’s dive. His experience in defence kept the Baggies subdued on the counter for large periods in what could have been his last Etihad bow. 7.

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Vincent Kompany – Guardiola – and Manchester City supporters – would have been concerned when he started limping during the first-half and clutching his calf, but fortunately for him it was nothing too serious. Rarely tested at the heart of the defence in a comfortable evening for the Citizens. 6.

Nicolas Otamendi – Has certainly had busier games this season, not having an awful lot of defensive work to do due to City’s complete control of possession. Slipped in the build-up to the Baggies’ goal though. 6.

Fernandinho – Managed to compete well with Brunt’s physical presence all evening and has grown into the right-back role in recent weeks. Had little to do against a tepid West Brom outfit though. 6.

Yaya Toure – Given all the time in the world to roam forward in the build-up to the opener, finding Aguero with a neat pass to set the move going, and he continued to stake his claim for a new deal at the Etihad with a customary dominant outing. Thoroughly deserved his goal, slotting under Foster. 7.

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Leroy Sane – Missed a glaring first-half chance when put clean through, dragging his shot wide of the post, before flashing over again as his performance lacked a clinical edge. Looks like he can produce something special whenever he gets on the ball but he needs to work on his final product. 7.

David Silva – Found pockets of space in the West Brom midfield and held the ball up well to allow the pace of Sane and Jesus to run behind the defence. Kept things ticking along unspectacularly. 6.

Kevin de Bruyne – Had a magical two-minute spell in the first-half where he put the ball on a plate for Jesus before curling a lovely effort into the corner to double City’s advantage. Provided his 16th assist – the most ever for a City player in a single season– in an outstanding display on Tuesday. 9.

Gabriel Jesus – His natural instinct in front of goal showed again and he was in the right place at the right time to tap home his second in successive matches. Has now scored with six of his eight shots on target since arriving in Manchester and it’s clear to see that his confidence is through the roof. 8.

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Sergio Aguero – Starting alongside Jesus for just the second time this season, he looked sharp from the first whistle and found himself able to stay on the last man’s shoulder whenever his Brazilian strike partner dropped deep. Clever flick to set up the opener but was wayward with his finishing. 7.

Pablo Zabaleta – In his last ever appearance at the Etihad for Manchester City after nine seasons, he was given a huge ovation by the crowd when he came on with half an hour left. Nice touch from Kompany to hand him the captain’s armband for the final 15 and he rightly got a raucous reception at the full-time whistle. 7.

John Stones – Made his return to the side after five matches out. Looked comfortable. N/A.

Fernando – Given a run-out for the final ten minutes. N/A.

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