Here we have with us the Manchester City player ratings as they win 2-0 against Brentford at home. The home side as usual controlled the game with 76% of ball possession and taking 7 shots on target. Brentford tried their best to keep City at bay but fell short of their objective. They had just two shots on target and also conceded a penalty.
Manchester City scored their first goal in the 40th minute through a penalty by Riyad Mahrez. Raheem Sterling made his way into the box before Rasmussen clipped his ankle. Brentford had several good chances right after City took the lead but were unfortunate to not find the back of the net. Ruben Dias’ good block in the box when Ederson was down kept City in the game.
City doubled their lead with Kevin de Bruyne who made the maximum out of the chance. City were able to win the ball high on the pitch and Sterling was quick to attack the loose ball. Sterling took the chance but Raya did well to save his effort, however, De Bruyne was at the right place at the right time to finish the chance.
After that goal, Brentford lost focus and failed to create clear chances. Manchester City leads the league table by 12 points and doesn’t look like slowing down. However, Liverpool has 2 games in hand and can close the gap down to 6 points. Therefore, City will have to be cautious of the competition.
Manchester City player ratings vs Brentford
Ederson – 6/10
Got hurt in saving Bretford’s threatening attack but was hardly troubled in the second half.
John Stones – 6/10
His unlucky slip gifted Brentford their best chance of the game. However, his efforts later in the game paid off and saved several threats.
Ruben Dias – 8/10
Dias’ superb block helped City keep the clean sheet but the block went unnoticed due to the referee’s whistle for a free-kick.
Aymeric Laporte – 7/10
Came very close to opening the scoring and dealt very well with the Brentford counter-attacks.
Joao Cancelo – 8/10
Could have scored an excellent solo goal but needed a better finish to score it. Was fabulous after half-time.
Rodri – 7/10
Was not his usual self in providing the calmness and control in the midfield. However, had a better second half and tried a good shot on goal but was saved well.
Bernardo Silva – 6/10
Was not able to influence the attack as much as he usually does. However, he worked as usual in other departments of the game.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10
Did well to score his goal and also contributed in defense to keep the clean sheet.
Riyad Mahrez – 8/10
He provided City the much-needed width to their attack, was constantly a threat usually got himself a well-deserved goal.
Phil Foden – 7/10
Played as the false-9 and used his energy and class to overcome the strong defenders.
Raheem Sterling – 8/10
He was involved in both goals in one way or the other. His pace and energy rewarded City a penalty and was clever in winning the ball for the second.
Jack Grealish – 5/10
Did not have much impact on the game.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10
Did his job well and fit in the system right from the start.
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