Manchester City were a constant threat during the first half-hour. But Everton were quite compact and defended well as a unit. City broke the deadlock in the 44th minute with Joao Cancelo providing one of the assists of the season, which was brilliantly finished on the half-volley by Raheem Sterling.
Rodri doubled the home team’s advantage with a thunderbolt strike early on in the second half. In the 89h minute, Bernardo Silva added the third for the defending Premier League champions and capped off a brilliant City performance.
With this win, Manchester City close the gap to league leaders Chelsea back down to three points. While Everton are winless in their last six Premier League matches and have picked up just two points from their last six league matches.
Man City player ratings vs Everton
Ederson – 6
Ederson had nothing to do for the most part of the game. He did claim a few crosses coming into the City box and was good with distribution from the back.
Kyle Walker – 7
Walker kept Everton pegged back with his pace and made good use of his pace for recovery tackles. While he had put in some good crosses from the right side.
John Stones – 7
The English centre-half showed his brilliant distribution from the back. He wasn’t tested much for the whole but was a calming presence in the City defence.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Laporte replaced Ruben Dias in the starting line-up ahead of the midweek Champions League tie against PSG. Again just like Stones wasn’t tested much by the Everton frontline and was taken off in the second half for Ake.
João Cancelo – 8
Cancelo played a brilliant outside of the foot pass for the City opener. He was a constant threat down the left for City. He has been brilliant all season long and was once again on top form.
Rodri – 9
Rodri didn’t put a foot wrong in the game. Scored with a thunderbolt strike, putting City two upfront. Kept things moving from the base of midfield and made things look effortless.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Gundogan was given the captains-armband for the day. He has a very solid game in the middle of the park and also struck the crossbar. He looked like a threat whenever he got into the Everton box.
Phil Foden – 6
Foden was a major doubt coming into the clash but looked sharp as ever. He played some great passes and had some great touches and was taken off in the 57th minute for Riyad Mahrez.
Bernardo Silva – 7
Kept things moving fluidly in the midfield for City. Rounded off his good performance with a goal, Putting City three up.
Raheem Sterling – 8
Marked off his 300th Premier League appearance with a brilliant half-volley goal. Sterling also won a penalty for his team but was later turned over by VAR. Should have had a second in the 78th minute but couldn’t place it past Pickford.
Cole Palmer – 6
Palmer didn’t look out of place at all in the Manchester City attack. He played a lovely pass to Silva who unfortunately couldn’t finish off the chance. Overall had a very solid debut.
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