Manchester City 3-1 Aston Villa: Player Rating as Champions make a statement of intent to close in on Arsenal

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Manchester City put a difficult week behind them as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Sunday’s meeting at the Etihad Stadium was dominated by reports that the Premier League has accused City of more than 100 financial breaches between 2009 and 2018.

Pep Guardiola, in charge of his 250th Premier League game, defended his club and his players as they bounced back to win after last week’s defeat at Tottenham.

Rodrigo’s header, an Ilkay Gundogan goal and a Riyad Mahrez free-kick handed City a 3-0 defeat, although Ollie Watkins pulled one back for Villa, as the champions cut the gap to Arsenal to three ahead of Wednesday’s tense game. . the top two

There was something to cheer about four minutes in when he headed in from Rodri Mahrez’s corner, mocking the Premier League anthem.

Only Emiliano Martinez’s free-kick prevented Gundogan’s City heroes from taking a 2-0 lead in the return leg of last season’s match.

Martinez was lucky to win a free kick after a collision with Erling Haaland allowed Gundogan to fire home.

The City crowd prayed but the win was secured at half-time.

In the afternoon, after a great move from Haaland, Makrez headed home after Jacob Ramsey fouled Grealish.

Julian Alvarez, who replaced Haaland at half-time, scored City’s second-half opener – Martinez denied Rodrigo for the second time.

Watkins made his 100th Villa appearance by capitalizing on Manuel Akanji’s mistake to score his first goal in three consecutive Premier League games.

This would prove little more than a consolation, with City hitting a three-goal cushion through Alvarez and Mahrez from long range to seal their 13th win against Villa.

Man City player ratings

GK – Ederson – 6/10 – Could do nothing about the goal, but did a lot to deny Coutinho a goal late in the game.

CB – Kyle Walker – 6/10 – Looks better in a RCB role than he does as a right-back these days. Another composed performance.

CB – Ruben Dias – 6/10 – Made a brilliant tackle on Leon Bailey in the first half. Subbed off at half-time.

CB – Aymeric Laporte – 6/10 – Distribution was decent.

DM – Rodri – 8/10 – Made up for his recent underwhelming performances with an early goal.

DM – Bernardo Silva – 6/10 – Lost the ball in the lead up to Villa’s goal.

RM – Riyad Mahrez – 7/10 – Bagged an early assist and then scored a penalty before half-time.

AM – Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10 – His delivery into the box was as impeccable as ever.

AM – Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10 – The best player on the pitch. Gundogan bagged a goal and was at the heart of every attacking move.

LM – Jack Grealish – 6/10 – Lively on the left and won a penalty in the first half.

ST – Erling Haaland – 5/10 – An ok performance. Subbed off at half-time.


Substitutes

SUB – Julian Alvarez – 6/10 – Amazing he’s only coming off the bench.

SUB – Manuel Akanji – 4/10 – City’s defence were noticeably worse when he came on.

SUB – Phil Foden – N/A.

SUB – Nathan Ake – N/A.


Manager

Pep Guardiola – 6/10 – A bit of a bizarre team selection rounded off a bit of a bizarre week. Still, City had more than enough to quality to basically not play with a left-back.

GK – Emiliano Martinez – 4/10 – Didn’t cover himself in glory in the lead up to City’s second.

RB – Ashley Young – 2/10 – Asleep at the near post for the first goal, and then asleep at the back post for the second. Not great.

CB – Ezri Konza – 5/10 – Made a goal-saving block in the second half.

CB – Calum Chambers – 2/10 – As calamitous as you’d expect. Which is very calamitous.

LB – Lucas Digne – 4/10 – Didn’t get forward enough.

RM – Jacob Ramsey – 4/10 – Gifted Man City a penalty before half-time.

CM – Douglas Luiz – 6/10 – Set up Villa’s consolation goal.

CM – Boubacar Kamara – 3/10 – City’s midfielders ran rings around him.

LM – Emiliano Buendia – N/A – Honestly didn’t even know he was on the pitch.

ST – Leon Bailey – 3/10 – Needed to do a lot more than he did.

ST – Ollie Watkins – 6/10 – Took the one chance that was presented to him.

SUB – Alex Moreno – 6/10 – Lively when he came on. Much better than Digne.

SUB – Jhon Duran – 5/10 – Hit the crossbar late on.

SUB – John McGinn – 6/10 – Added some much needed grit to the Villa midfield.

SUB – Matty Cash – N/A.

SUB – Philippe Coutinho – 5/10 – Forced Ederson into a good save.


Manager

Unai Emery – 5/10 – There’s not a lot you can do when your side go a goal down inside five minutes against City. Decent second half showing that offers hope for the coming weeks.


Player of the Match – Ilkay Gundogan (Man City)

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