Manchester City vs. Chelsea: player ratings – Silva stars as City edge closer to title

Manchester City vs. Chelsea: player ratings – Silva stars as City edge closer to title

Manchester City moved 18 points clear at the top of the Premier League after beating Chelsea 1-0 at The Etihad Stadium.

Bernardo Silva’s goal – his second in as many games – early in the second half secured a well deserved victory for Pep Guardiola’s side against what looked like a deflated Chelsea.

The victory not only extended City’s mammoth lead at the top of the table, but also took the Sky Blues to within touching distance of the Premier League trophy – four wins in-fact will be enough to see them crowned Champions of England.

A great day for City, one to forget for Chelsea. Who were the stars, and who were the strugglers?

Manchester City (4-3-3)

Ederson 5
Un-tested. Chelsea failed to register a single shot on target. Often strolled out near the half-way line to get himself on the ball.

Kyle Walker 7
Got forward well and linked up nicely with Bernardo Silva on the right flank. Dealt well with the little threat Chelsea offered down his flank through Pedro.

Aymeric Laporte 7
Solid display from the young Frenchman, but again was rarely tested.

Nicholas Otamendi 8
Bullish throughout. Put in some solid challenges and was unlucky to not have found himself on the scoresheet after having a goal ruled out for an offside from Sergio Aguero.

Alexander Zinchenko 5
Fortunate not to be shown red card early on for a poor challenge on Victor Moses, and was too often caught out of position when Chelsea countered.

Kevin De Bruyne 7
Not his best performance by any means. Unable to find the kind of holes in Chelsea’s defence as he does so often against the opposition, but kept the ball well and neat in possession as always.

David Silva 9 (Man of the Match)
The Spaniard put in a dazzling performance to cap what has been a wonderful week. Dictated the tempo of the game and showed some beautiful link-up play in-between the lines.

Ilkay Gundogan 6
Unmemorable game for the German. Struggled to get involved going forward.

Leroy Sane 8

City’s bright spark in the final third in an at-times frustrating day. Drove at the Chelsea back-line with power and pace. Had a brilliant solo effort cleared off the line by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Sergio Aguero 7
Held up the ball excellently despite being given little space to manoeuvre. Will be disappointed not to have got on the scoresheet.

Bernardo Silva 7
Involved throughout and got the goal that won City the game. Occasionally wasteful in he final third.

Gabriel Jesus
(for Aguero, 85) 
(for Zinchenko, 87)
Ben Foden (for Silva, (90+3)

 Zinchenko, Gundogan

Chelsea (5-4-1)

Thibaut Courtois 5
At fault for City’s goal, and was rescued by team-mate Azpilicueta in the first half after being beaten by Leroy Sane. Utilised far too often by his team-mates.

César Azpilicueta 6
Saved his team in the first-half and did well to read a number of balls across the box from Kevin De Bruyne.

Andreas Christensen 4
Poor. Too often missed the tackle, and distributed sloppily out of his own area.

Antonio Rüdiger 8
Chelsea’s stand-out player, and perhaps the only one who looked interested. Kept busy but was aggressive throughout and made life difficult for City’s attackers. Tried to play the ball out of defence.

Victor Moses 6
Fluffed Chelsea’s best chance of the game to level the scores with a horrible miss, but tried to get forward when given the chance.

Danny Drinkwater 4
Had an absolute stinker. Gave the ball away more times than he kept it and was outclassed by Silva and Co’ in the middle of the park. 

Cesc Fàbregas 4
Looked uncomfortable having to defend for ninety minutes, demonstrated best by his almost shocking error in his own box in which he gifted the ball to Sergio Aguero.

Marcos Alonso 5
Ran ragged by Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker. Failed to get forward.

Willian 6
Did his best with what little of the ball he had to run at City, but ultimately lacked a final product.

Eden Hazard 5
Not so much his fault, playing as a number 9 simply isn’t is game. Visibly unhappy with the decision to play him as a lone striker.

Pedro 3
A performance that suggests the former Barcelona star is no longer the player he once was. Was subbed after some poor decision making with the ball.

Olivier Giroud (for Willian, 78)
Emerson Palmieri
 (for Pedro, 82)
Alvaro Morata (for Hazard, 90)

Booked Rüdiger