Manchester City Player Ratings vs Shakhtar: Here’s how the Cityzens fared
The enduring quality of David Silva inspired Manchester City to brush aside Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in Ukraine. The Spaniard opened the scoring and played a huge part in City’s easy 3-0 win over their opponents on the night.
Centre-back Aymeric Laporte scored the second with a free header inside the six-yard box from a corner put in by Kevin de Bruyne. Bernardo Silva killed the game off in the 70th minute with a good finish to make it 3-0 in favour of the Premier League champions.
Pep Guardiola would be a happy man watching his team put up a comprehensive performance away from home in Europe.
Manchester City Player Ratings
Made a good save early in the second half and then made a sudden rush out of his area. A comfortable night for the Brazilian.
John Stones (7)
Put up a great performance at right-back. Put in a couple of good tackles to instill confidence in an unfamiliar position.
Nicolas Otamendi (8)
A typically dominant performance from Otamendi whose experience and the know-how of the game helped in commanding the back-line.
Aymeric Laporte (9)
One of the best displays in a Manchester City jersey by Laporte. Didn’t put a foot wrong and scored a goal to top it off.
Benjamin Mendy (7)
Created a lot of problems for the defenders but the final ball was missing. Was dedensively very good.
Linked the team from the defence to the attack attack with nonchalance and elegance. He is the orchestrator of the team from defensive midfield.
David Silva (9)
Scored a well-taken goal before controlling the things all by himself. Executed a magical volleyed pass in the second half, but the chance was wasted.
Kevin de Bruyne (7)
Useful minutes under the Belgian’s belt after a long injury layoff. Assisted the team’s second goal from the corner.
Riyad Mahrez (7)
The Algerian looked dangerous all game. At times, he tends to shoot from narrow angles when better options are available. He will learn the Pep way soon.
Gabriel Jesus (6)
The Brazilian still looks short on confidence as his goal drought continues. However, he was full of running, which created problems for the Shakhtar defenders.
Raheem Sterling (7)
Started the game in a fantastic manner but stayed wide to create space for others later on.
Bernardo Silva (Subbed on after 69 mins) (7)
Came on and scored within seconds. How about that for an influential substitution.
Kyle Walker (Subbed on after 80 mins) (N/A)
Came on to close the game out.