Manchester City 2-1 Tottenham – Player Ratings (Manchester City)

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Tottenham travelled to the Etihad Stadium this past Sunday to face the reigning English champions. Having taken the lead initially, the visitors looked the better side throughout the game, but were unable to add to their tally.
City struggled for most of the game, but eventually managed to find their way back through a Sergio Aguero strike. Second half substitute Edin Dzeko score the winner in the dying minutes of the game as the champions snatched the victory and stay red hot
at Manchester United’s tail. – 7
An uncharacteristically clumsy mistake by the English shot-stopper led to Tottenham’s goal in the first half. Hart perhaps could’ve done better to prevent Caulker’s weak header from going in the net, but made a mess of things. The player was pretty much
a spectator for the remainder of the game. – 9
The Belgian centre-half had a solid game, and demonstrated his leadership qualities as he assembled his team while defending set-pieces. Kompany had an opportunity to get a goal for City, but guided his header over the bar. A typically strong performance
by the captain helped keep Tottenham out for most of the game. – 8
The Argentinian got himself into a disagreement with Adebayor before bringing him down to earn a booking. He otherwise had a very solid game, and played on despite suffering a knock on the face that resulted in an open wound. – 5
The left-back was shifted on the wing as played four full-backs at the same time. Kolarov was not effective at set-pieces and faded from the game as time went by. The player was at fault for Caulker’s header in the first half as he failed
to mark the centre-half.
Gael Clichy – 8
The former for most of the game. Was deployed at the back in a 3-5-2 formation, and worked effectively with Kompany in the middle and Zabaleta on the right.
Matija Nastasic – 6
The youngster failed to make a mark on the game, and got away with a couple of misjudged headers and mistimed tackles. Was take off in the second half to make way for as City changed their formation. – 5
This was perhaps the player’s worst performance in a City jersey, and it felt as if he wasn’t there on the pitch. He tried hard to make things work in midfield, but was wayward with his passing and wasteful in possession. – 9
The Spaniard had his moments in the game, but truly came alive in the second half. He showed his class and composure through some quick, incisive passing. Was always around to receive the ball and made plenty of good run. Silva lobbed a delightful through
ball towards Dzeko in the dying minutes to earn his side the three points.
Yaya Toure – 7
The Ivorian did not have his best game, and looked visibly frustrated as the game wore on. Worked hard to find space and keep the ball, but failed to make an impact. Aguero – 9
The Argentinian was truly a thorn in Tottenham’s side, and frustrated them on more than one occasion. Aguero constantly caused problems for, and found a lot of space through the middle. He continued to make good runs and scored the equalizer
through some good individual work in the box when he cut inside and finished neatly past Tevez – 7
Tevez had trouble up front, and was unable to time his runs as he was constantly flagged offside. Struggled to find an opening, but still had his moments where he could’ve won the game early on.
Edin Dzeko - 8
The Bosnian came on with 20 minutes left on the clock, and immediately started causing problems for the Spurs back four. He made a terrific run in the dying minutes to find Silva's through ball, and fired a spectacular volley past Friedel to earn his side
the win.



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