Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Kevin de Bruyne, and Yaya Toure were enough for City to clinch an important win over West Brom, all but securing UEFA Champions League football next season. The victory carries us to third place above Liverpool with one game remaining.
The performance from the entire team was dominant- but how were the individual performances?
Willy Caballero – 6/10: He really didn’t have much to do for large parts of the game, and there was little he could do to prevent Hal Robson-Kanu from scoring in the 87th minute. Unlucky to miss out on the clean sheet.
Fernandinho – 6.5/10: Much like Willy, he was rarely troubled defensively. As usual, Dinho was solid, but nothing more.
Vincent Kompany – 8/10: Our captain was fantastic yet again, and the fact we conceded 10 minutes after his departure tells you everything. The difference Vinnie makes to City’s defence is astonishing.
Nicholas Otamendi – 7/10: As referenced above, Otamendi’s improvement is down to Vincent Kompany. He played well, but the absence of his defensive partner was clear when Robson-Kanu scored late on, partly due to the Argentine’s slip.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 7/10: Good on the ball, often finding space on the wing to whip crosses in. His long-range efforts were typically Kolarov-esque: hit very hard, and noticeably not ending up in the goal.
Yaya Toure – 8/10: Toure moved the ball well throughout the game and his goal was taken very well – calmly passed into the net.
David Silva – 7/10: As usual, effortlessly good. But, not effortlessly brilliant. At times he lacked the ability to find the “killer pass” but overall, he had another good game.
Kevin De Bruyne – 9/10: The ginger maestro had a fantastic game. As well as moving the ball well in midfield, he picked up a goal and an assist within a few minutes of each other.
Leroy Sane – 6/10: Although he pressed West Brom’s defence well, Sane lacked the cutting edge that he’s shown throughout the season. He wasn’t poor, but failed to live up to his high expectations.
Gabriel Jesus – 7.5/10: He worked hard as usual, and his goal that broke the deadlock was well deserved. That’s his sixth goal in only seven league starts.
Sergio Aguero – 7.5/10: Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Aguero’s link-up play and performance was impressive. He provided the assist to Toure’s goal, and was unlucky to miss out on another, as his pass to Sane ended with the German striking the ball directly at Ben Foster.
John Stones – N/A: Not enough time to rate him, but he could be blamed for West Brom’s consolation.
Fernando – N/A: I think he won a tackle and made a few passes. Well played, Fernando.
Pablo Zabaleta – 10/10: What do you mean he only played half an hour? The day belonged to him in the end – Zaba will be missed by everyone at City and deserved the cheers he received throughout his appearance.