22/04/2018 4:30 pm
Referee: Craig Pawson
|Manchester City||Swansea City|
|Vincent Kompany||Mike van der Hoorn|
|Aymeric Laporte||Federico Fernandez||67|
|Fabian Delph||75||Alfie Mawson|
|Kevin De Bruyne||65||Martin Olsson||75|
|IIkay Gündogan||André Ayew|
|David Silva||Andy King|
|Bernardo Silva||Sung-Yueng Ki||65|
|Gabriel Jesus||Tom Carroll|
|Raheem Sterling||71||Jordan Ayew|
|Claudio Bravo||Tammy Abraham||75|
|Kyle Walker||Nathan Dyer|
|Leroy Sané||Kristoffer Nordfeldt|
|Benjamin Mendy||75||Wayne Routledge|
|Nicolás Otamendi||Samuel Clucas||65|
|Yaya Touré||65||Kyle Bartley||67|
|Phil Foden||71||Connor Roberts|
I’m beginning to run out of words about how I describe this seasons 34 Premier League performances. But I’ll try.
We witnessed, yet again another sublime Manchester City display at the Etihad against a defensive but disciplined Swansea side. However, the lad’s patience and perseverance eventually paid off while we Blues merely sat in awe, drooling over what was being played out in front of us.
The 5-0 victory takes us up to 90 points, 16 clear of second-placed Manchester United. However, if the lads win two more out of their remaining four games City will smash Chelsea’s record tally from the 2004/05 season.
Another statistic was the number of passes the lads accumulated – 1015 to be precise. The very first team to eclipse the 1000 barrier.
MCFC player ratings, out of 10.
Ederson – 6
How can I give him an honest rating when all he did was stand as a spectator? Oh, I think he occasionally distributed the ball with his usual grace and panache. There was a moment I think when he stopped a Mawson shot. Other than that…!
Danilo – 7.5
Expressed spirit and a will to defend anything that came his way. Solid performance, his best in a City shirt.
Vincent Kompany – 8.5
Nearly scored by looping the ball over his head, but cocked it up by noggin the ball wide. Vinny resembled a tank. Built like an outdoor **** house while strolling around as if he was walking on water. In total control.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Aymeric confidentially strutted around as if he owned the joint. A sign of things to come, but not yet. Passing was good – solid performance.
Fabian Delph – 8.5
Has come on leaps and bounds this season even though he’s had the odd injury. Pep’s influence has rubbed off, and wow, he’s in the form of his life. As if he’s competing for a permanent left-back position, but with Benjamin Mendy breathing down his neck his performance, I think has peaked. An England certainty for the flight to Russia in the summer.
Kevin De Bruyne – 10
World-class 30-yard strike that saw Lukasz Fabianski dive into thin air while watching the ball whizz past him. Did Kev put a foot wrong? No, not at all hence his mark. Thoroughly deserved PFA Player of the Year. Just a pity Mo Salah pipped him to the post.
Ilkay Gundogan – 8
Invisible for the first 20 then came into his own. Some lateral thinking, exquisite ball control and easy on the eye. Solid team player.
David Silva – 9
Scored the first, albeit from a tight angle. Assisted Sterling for City’s second. Skipped around the opposition as if they weren’t there. Merlin at his best.
Bernardo Silva – 9
Pep can’t keep him out of the starting XI, and rightly so. Another cracking display of dribbles, pressing, crossing and all-around ability to land the ball on a sixpence. Quickest off the mark to tap the ball past the goalie when Gabriel’s spot-kick hit the post.
Gabriel Jesus – 8
Angry and was seen having a chat with himself when his penalty pinged off the woodwork. His perseverance paid off when he finally found the target with a flying header. His work-rate was a joy to watch.
Raheem Sterling – 9
Was there anything he didn’t do? He scored, assisted Merlin just before the magician netted, and won the penalty. Oh, and he ran his socks off. All round solid performance.
Yaya Toure – 7.5
Came on for De Bruyne, 65 mins.
The Etihad faithful sung his name, in unison, and rightly so for 25 minutes. Passed the ball with ease. Just a pity his free kick, just outside the penalty box didn’t whistle past the line.
Phil Foden – 8
Replaced Sterling – 71 mins.
Loved his spirited runs, dribbles and a cracking cross in the box straight onto Gabriel’s head. Love this lad.
Benjamin Mendy – 5
Replaced Delph on 75.
Created a scary moment as soon as he came on when he slipped on the edge of the City box while under pressure – nothing came of it, nevertheless, he needs game time. Ring-rusty.
The MCFC juggernaut returns on Sunday, away at West Ham.