Final Score: Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United
The league leaders got back to winning ways with no fuss as they sent Newcastle United packing with a 3-1 victory. Pep’s pacesetters were back at it again and took no time to get going. Sergio Agüero’s hat-trick helped the cause as he showed that they weren’t too laid back by the previous defeat.
However, they were far from their best and Rafa’s men held them for over half an hour and threatened to get themselves back into the game with some shots on goal, much after Aguero had scored. Overall, it was a persistent yet comfortable victory for the runaway leaders.
Manchester City Player Ratings
Couldn’t do much about the goal but his passing was on point for the most part of the match yet again.
Kyle Walker: 7.5/10
Kept running up the pitch, whipping crosses into the box and throwing himself up front throughout. In the second half though, he sat deeper and helped more in the defence than in the attack.
John Stones: 7.5/10
Didn’t have much to do, positioned well all the time and saw the game through with minimum fuss.
Nicolas Otamendi: 7/10
Made a couple of important interventions and blocks but was sometimes wasteful in his passing. Otamendi stood tall and won aerial duels.
Oleksandr Zinchenko: 8/10
He hit the heights and depths when he picked a peach of a pass to find Sane and Aguero but was caught on the back foot for Murphy’s goal. He completed 107 passes in the game, just four fewer than Newcastle United.
The Brazilian was the quickest to sense any Newcastle attack as he broke it into pieces before it could do any damage. He kept the ball moving around, dictated the play and played a few delightful long balls.
David Silva: 8/10
Does he ever have a bad game? For how little he is, the way he holds on to the ball is exceptional. David Silva joined the little threads to weave major attacking threats at times. His passing was as accurate and elusive as ever.
Kevin De Bruyne: 9/10
Moved the ball from defence to attack so quickly, created an Agüero goal which was another moment of genius. The Belgian worked hard to win the ball back too.
Raheem Sterling: 7.5/10
An eventful second half where he hit the post and won a penalty. His feet were better in the second half and got going as he linked up well with his teammates.
Leroy Sané: 8/10
He just needs a moment! While he was absent for long periods, Sane took a stunning run and humiliated the Newcastle defence by setting up Kun Agüero’s goal. One of the assists of the season.
Sergio Agüero: 9.5/10
While people compare their hat-tricks, this man compares his perfect hat-tricks as he scored another one this time out. His last one was against Newcastle in 2015 and this game too, he came back to haunt the Magpies.
Bernardo Silva: N/A
Played too little to be judged.
Brahim Diaz: N/A
Came on in the 87th minute and did too little to warrant a rating.