Date: 16th September 2018 at 9:03am
Written by:
Manchester City
3 – 0

Etihad Stadium

Premier League

16/09/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 53307

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Manchester City Fulham
L Sané (2), D Silva (21), R Sterling (47)
Ederson Marcus Bettinelli
Kyle Walker Cyrus Christie
Nicolás Otamendi Denis Odoi
Aymeric Laporte Alfie Mawson
Fabian Delph (67) Ryan Sessegnon
Bernardo Silva Jean Seri (56)
Fernandinho Kevin McDonald
David Silva Stefan Johansen
Raheem Sterling (74) Luciano Vietto (69)
Sergio Agüero (54) Aleksandar Mitrovic
Leroy Sané André Schürrle


Arijanet Muric Calum Chambers
John Stones Floyd Ayité (69)
IIkay Gündogan (67) Maxime Le Marchand
Riyad Mahrez (74) Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Gabriel Jesus (54) Joe Bryan
Oleksandr Zinchenko André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (56)
Phil Foden Fabri

Game Statistics

28 Goal attempts 9
9 On Target 3
10 Corners 4
7 Fouls 7
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
64 % 35

Those who left the Etihad on Saturday would have known they had just witnessed another classy Manchester City performance. The score ended 3-0 in City’s favour, but let’s be honest; it could have easily been SIX.

I will not repeat the match report as they can be found elsewhere on VMC. On this occasion, the match stats and player ratings, out of a possible ten will suffice.

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Ederson – 7

Was hardly called upon, except when he had to deal with two of Schurrle’s attempts. When he had the ball at his feet he looked calm, composed and almost lethargic like (or should that read effortlessly).

Kyle Walker – 6.5

Had a couple of runs, here and there but it appeared as though he was hardly ever tested? Perhaps it was because the opponents struggled to get hold of the ball.

 Nicolas Otamendi – 8

Great to see Niko back in the starting line-up. Was called upon when his perfectly timed left footed challenge nudged the ball away from Vietto boot, just as he was about to pull the trigger on the edge of the box. Pure poetry.

Aymeric Laporte – 6

Not one of his best performances hence the rating. Having said that he wasn’t bad either. Average game by his standards.

Fabian Delph – 7.5

This man defies logic. I mean, he can play in several positions, and when he does, he puts in one hell of a shift. A versatile player? You bet! Never took his eye off the ball – solid as ever.

Fernandinho – 7.5

From the off, he created a beautiful cross before the clock hit two minutes for Sane to tap in City’s first. Remained focused and reliable throughout.

Bernardo Silva – 9

Trickery, pace, dribbles, I mean, what more can he do. Oh and I forget to mention his crosses into the box, all of which troubled Fulham’s defense. He also assisted in David Silva scoring City’s second. This boy is on FIRE!

David Silva – 9

Similar to Bernardo’s performance, David rocked Fulham to their core. This boy is on FIRE!


Raheem Sterling – 7

Grabbed a reasonably easy goal, hit the crossbar and squandered clear scoring opportunities. He put a shift in but not in the same class as the Silva duo. Not on this occasion anyway.

Sergio Aguero – 6

Not for want of trying but I felt he was a few inches off the pace. Having said that did play a part in two of City’s goals.

I can’t quite put my finger on what I’m trying to say. It was as if others shone like a bright light while his sparkle, on occasion, flickered.

Leroy Sane – 8

Critics, especially from his own country can go and ‘do one.’ His personal life may have affected his mood, but that can be said about all of us. On this display, he clearly showed he had lost none of his desire. Pep was right to omit Leroy from the start of the season but was spot on to bring him back. And back he IS.


Gabriel Jesus – 5

Replaced Kun on 53 mins.

Missed a golden opportunity to add to the score-line. Never mind, he’ll be back.

Ilkay Gundogan – 5.5

Replaced Delph on 67.

Did okay for the amount of time he was on the field.

Riyad Mahrez – 5

Came on for Sterling – 74 mins.

In my book, the jury is still out on Mahrez. Nothing more to add in case I upset fellow Blues.

The game was 3-0 but before the final whistle, Pep wanted more.


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