How Manchester City's players rated in their defeat to Tottenham
The winning run had to end at some point. After six straight successes under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City fell to their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 loss to a very impressive Tottenham Hotspur.
Missing the influential Kevin de Bruyne, and coming up against a side who beat them twice last season, recording a seventh straight win was always going to be a tough ask for City, but the manner of the defeat will be slightly disappointing to many fans.
Here’s how the City players rated in their disappointing loss:
Claudio Bravo – 6
Saved a penalty from Erik Lamela to prevent the score becoming worse, but couldn’t do anything about the own goal or Alli’s crisp shot. Spurs pressed him more than any other team this season and it clearly got to him with a few errant passes. Still, was much safer with his hands.
Pablo Zabaleta – 5
Was hardly noticeable throughout the game as he struggled to deal with the movement of Eriksen and the pace of Rose. Didn’t make any impact going forward in what was a fairly weary performance.
Nicolas Otamendi – 5
Picked up a yellow card early on for a rash tackle which meant he could not play with his tenacious aggression for much of the game. Struggled with the movement of Son and Alli, particularly for the second goal, where he was completely lost.
John Stones – 7
Although he probably wasn’t quite at his best, Stones outplayed any other City defender. His positioning was generally okay and he showed his trademark ability on the ball to get his team out of trouble on a number of occasions. Even in a poor team performance, he showed why Guardiola rates him so highly.
Aleksandr Kolarov – 4
Like Zabaleta, Kolarov had little or no impact on the game going forward, where he has most of his impact, and also had a pretty difficult time of things in defence. He was slightly unlucky with the own goal as the ball came at him quickly, but it was still a mistake which set the tone for a poor afternoon. A day to forget for the ageing Serbian.
Fernando – 4
Brought into the side to try and help deal with Tottenham’s pressing, but found himself completely overrun in the middle of the park. Was hauled off after 53 minutes in an attempt to rescue the game. Sissoko and Alli completely destroyed him.
Fernandinho – 5
He has been one of City’s best performers this season, but struggled today. Alli, Sissoko and Eriksen stopped him from getting forward with their constant harrying, and his frustrations told when he bundled down Alli for the penalty. A tough afternoon.
Jesus Navas – 4
City really missed Nolito today, and one key part of that was the poor performance of Jesus Navas. Although he looked a slight improvement on last season’s lost soul, he still had no end product and never looked to use his pace to get in behind Rose and Walker, who were dealt no problems.
David Silva – 6
Buzzed around trying to make things happen but was constantly set upon by Victor Wanyama. Still managed to play Sterling and Aguero through on a couple of occasions but his influence was heavily limited.
Raheem Sterling – 5
A frustrating afternoon that was not indicative of his recent good form. He never really looked like he was going to continue his good goalscoring form and came up against two strong full backs in Walker and Rose. His irritation told with a couple of poor tackles on Rose late on.
Sergio Aguero – 6
As always, City’s main attacking threat. He hit the post from a tight angle when he wriggled into a small amount of room, but for the most part was kept quiet by the excellent Alderweireld and Vertonghen. For the first time all season, he looked stoppable.
Ilkay Gundogan (for Fernando 53′) – 6
Probably should of started the game due to his coolness on the ball, which Fernando was lacking. He improved the team with his introduction but not by enough to change the course of the match.
Kelechi Iheanacho (for Navas 65′) – 5
Worked hard and added more threat, but Spurs had already bedded in to secure the win. Tripped over his own feet late on to sum up City’s day.
Leroy Sane (for Sterling 87′) – N/A
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