Final Score: Manchester City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City crushed West Bromwich Albion to go 15 points clear at the top and send the Baggies deeper down the table. They cruised past a dull looking Baggies side 3-0, with goals coming from Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and their record goalscorer, Kun Agüero.
TheBrazilian defensive midfielder placed the ball in between Foster’s legs from a typical De Bruyne ball. The Belgian playmaker had two efforts denied and was unlucky when he struck the frame of the goal. Soon though, he netted his well-deserved goal. The bottom club never got going, struggled to invest in the final third and barely ventured forward.
Manchester City Player Ratings
Played a peach of a ball to Bernardo Silva but otherwise, was barely tested. He made just one comfortable save.
Kyle Walker: 7/10
Adds so much when going forward down the right, decisively chose when to cross or play it in and spent most of his time high up the pitch.
Nicolas Otamendi: 8/10
Strong, robust and unbreakable for most parts of the game. He wasn’t tested much, but when he did get tested, he continued to do what he has done all season.
Aymeric Laporte: 8.5/10
A dream debut! He partnered Otamendi and brought all his confidence into play. Made crucial clearances and was composed with the ball.
Oleksandr Zinchenko: 8/10
Played some stunning balls down his channel, was always involved on the left-wing and provided width and dimension on his side.
Came out of nowhere to a goal scoring position, which just illustrates his decision making. Defensively, he was a true guardian who challenged any player who tried to penetrate.
Kevin De Bruyne: 9.5/10
Yet again, KDB was above all the other 21 men on the football pitch. Despite playing so many games on the trot, he never seems to be off colour. He was at his defence shredding best and was a direct threat in front of goal.
David Silva: 7/10
Was holding the ball well, playing it around smoothly before he took a meaty blow and hopped off the pitch.
Bernardo Silva: 8.5/10
Yet another elusive performance by Bernardo. He seems so comfortable in the City shirt and is playing at their level of dynamic football. He expressed himself freely and ran all the races.
Raheem Sterling: 6/10
Set up a goal but was very hot and cold. While he negotiated for his poor running with an assist, his passing was inaccurate and aimless. Nonetheless, was involved in a fine team performance.
Sergio Agüero: 8/10
He might have more than forty minutes of no action but just one run, one moment, can help him change the game on its head. His goal was well taken.
Ilkay Gundogan: 7.5/10
Made his box to box runs, blocked a few passing lanes and did a good job at the back.
Brahim Diaz: 7/10
Looked lively and fresh at times. Didn’t play enough though.