PLAYER RATINGS: Gundogan puts in game of the season as Davies flops

PLAYER RATINGS – Man City 3-0 Tottenham: Ilkay Gundogan puts in performance of the season as Ben Davies is torn apart by Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling

  • Manchester City pulled off a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Tottenham
  • Ilkay Gundogan ran the show and bagged a brace as the host dominated
  • Ben Davies was targeted by both Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden throughout
  • The win sees City go seven points clear at the top, leaving Spurs in eighth 

Another match-week and yet another victory for Manchester City, who eased past Tottenham to get one hand firmly back on the Premier League trophy.

In a battle of old foes it was Pep Guardiola ho came out on top of Jose Mourinho, with the tactics of the home side vastly outperforming that of the opponents.

As City open up a seven point gulf at the top of the table, Sportsmail runs the rule of the stars who performed and those who struggled at the Etihad. 

In the battle of the old foes it was Pep Guardiola who came out on top against Jose Mourinho

Ederson – 7

Looked like he wanted the spot kick before Rodri was given the duty but made up for that with a superb assist for the third!

Joao Cancelo – 7.5

A recent revelation in his role as right-back-cum-midfielder, set up Jesus for a late first half chance that almost made it two.

Joao Cancelo is a player reborn this season and excelled down the wing against Spurs

John Stones – 7

Continued his super-solid season and made a great block when Spurs actually managed a shot on target through Ndombele.

Aymeric Laporte – 6.5

In due to illness to Ruben Dias and lucky not to be punished when his clumsy foul handed Kane a free-kick which struck the woodwork.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6.5

Lively contribution to City’s attacking play and let fly with a couple of long-range shots, kept his discipline at the back.

Bernardo Silva – 7

Booked for a first half lunge which was out of character but played his role with his range of intelligent, short, sharp passing.

Rodri – 7.5

Kept his cool to convert the first penalty of his league career although it was far from convincing. But another solid, disciplined day in front of his defence.

Ilkay Gundogan – 9.5

Great run to win the spot kick and even better ones to score the second and third as he continued his brilliant run in 2021.

Ilkay Gundogan ran the showed and continued his blistering form in the light blue shirt

Phil Foden – 7.5

Busy early on as City targeted Spurs’ left side but continued his impressive recent development, particularly in setting up the second.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Unlucky to clip the bar late in the first half but showed his passion for the cause with a great running battle with Lamela.

Raheem Sterling – 7

Spurs defence struggled with his speed and mobility and his effort for City’s second showed just how lethal he is.

Substitutes

Ferran Torres for Gundogan 68 mins – 6

Riyad Mahrez for Jesus 79 mins – 6

Subs (not used): Walker, Dias, Aguero, Steffen, Mendy, Garcia, Doyle

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1)

Hugo Lloris – 4

Might have done better with a poorly-struck penalty and embarrassed even more when Gundogan doubled the lead.

Hugo Lloris has nowhere to turn at the Etihad and couldn’t wait for his afternoon to end

Japhet Tanganga – 5

First Premier League football of the season could hardly have been tougher. No lack of effort but looked lost in a new-look back four.

Davinson Sanchez – 5

Great block denied Gundogan just before the break but undid that good work with car crash defending for City’s third.

Eric Dier – 6

Disciplined display in difficult circumstances but had little answer to the mobility of City’s forward whose darting play for unstoppable.

Ben Davies – 4.5

Troubled by Foden’s guile and, when they swapped wings, Sterling’s pace. Run ragged, along with his defensive team mates.

Ben Davies (right) was given a torrid time by both Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden on the flank

Tanguy Ndombele – 6

Grafted hard in the middle and was freed to play further upfield after Sissoko was brought on at the break. Actually had an on-target shot.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 5

Silly, reckless challenge brought down Gundogan and gifted City a penalty and looked off the pace at crucial moments.

Erik Lamela – 5

Feisty battle with Jesus earned the pair a talking to after they fouled each other. Finally booked when he dragged back Cancelo.

Erik Lamela showed a willingness to get stuck in but lacked any final product for his team

Lucas Moura – 5

Had one first-half cross, after Kane hit the post, which was a rare contribution before he was replaced at the break.

Heung-Min Son – 6.5

The Spurs talisman saw so little of the ball, worked his socks off in defence, however, which left him too tired to counter attack.

Harry Kane 6.5

Won an early free-kick which he then planted against the City woodwork, a rare sight of goal on a day when Spurs were dominated.

Substitutes

Moussa Sissoko for Moura 45 mins 5

Dele Alli for Ndombele 64 mins 6

Gareth Bale for Lamela 72 mins 6

Subs (not used): Doherty, Alderweireld, Winks, Hart (Gk), Bergwijn, Morais.




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