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Impressive Sane, Fantastic Mahrez – The best & the worst rated Man City stars in the 2-1 win vs Watford

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the 2018 Manchester derby. (Getty Images)

Manchester City Player Ratings vs Watford: Here’s how the Cityzens fared

Defending champions Manchester City continued their perfect defence of the title with another win, this time beating Watford 2-1 at the Vicarage Road. Leroy Sane scored the opening goal a few minutes before half-time, well set up by Riyad Mahrez.

The latter then scored in the second half to virtually seal three points. But Watford stayed in it and eventually Abdoulaye Doucoure scraped in a goal with five minutes remaining. City hung on under immense pressure from the home team to stay five points clear at the top, with Liverpool to play Burnley tomorrow.

Manchester City Player Ratings

Ederson (7.5)

Made a marvellous save to deny Troy Deeney when the score was 0-0. Some his passes was impressive.

Kyle Walker (7)

He defended his area well when required and also moved forward to join the attacks. Few of his diagonal passes were exquisite.

John Stones

John Stones (7)

The Englishman did well to win the aerial battle with Deeney. He won a few important duels later on in the game, which was crucial.

Vincent Kompany (7)

He dealt with the defensive situations with calmness and the passing range to forward runners was impeccable at times. Went off limping late on.

Fabian Delph (6)

He was doing well until a casual error allowed Watford to get in and score a goal. That goal did put some pressure on the City defence.

Fernandinho (8)

Another commanding performance from the Brazilian who is close to irreplaceable in the team.


David Silva (7)

Was not at his classic best but was still very effective to ping the Watford midfielders back. He was involved in the build-up for the second goal.

Bernardo Silva (7)

Never out of action is the Portuguese and seems to have taken the midfield role well. His end product could have been better at times.

Riyad Mahrez (8.5)

Set up Sane’s goal in the first half and finished things by himself in the second half. He had Jose Holebas on the ropes at times.

Gabriel Jesus (7)

The Brazilian worked hard and assisted the second goal. However, his goal-scoring drought continues in the league.

Leroy Sane

Leroy Sane (8)

Scored the opening goal and made some daunting runs to trouble the Watford defence. On the ball, he was mesmerising at times.


Ilkay Gundogan (On after 73 mins) (5)

Was brought on to give David Silva a rest with Chelsea game coming up.

Nicolas Otamendi (On after 83 mins) (6)

Helped the team over the line after the Hornets put in some real pressure late on.

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Aymeric Laporte (On after 87 mins) (N/A)

Came on as an added figure in central defence.