Chelsea vs Manchester City player ratings: Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan run the show

Manchester City cantered previous Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge with Pep Guardiola’s aspect showcasing their title credentials.

Who have been the standout performers? And who had a stinker? Here are the rankings…

Chelsea

Edouard Mendy – 5

After being heralded as superhuman for maintaining eight clear sheets in his first 11 matches, he is now saved only one in his final seven. Managed to get a hand to each of City’s first two targets nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient. Much like lots of his teammates, his confidence is evaporating by the week.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 4

Completely overrun when tasked with stopping City’s overloads down his aspect. Made to appear like an ageing defender by the legs in the City assault. Offered nearly nothing going the different manner too, with poor crossing on show.

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Phil Foden ran Cesar Azpilicueta ragged in the first half

Thiago Silva – 5

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Started with good tempo in his passing and was pure class on the ball however was caught out by Gundogan’s intelligent flip and end for the all-important first objective. He was at all times simply half a yard wanting getting there. The Thiago Silva of yesteryear in all probability would have gotten there.

Kurt Zouma – 5

Played with a scarcity of his typical aggression and his understanding with Silva appeared manner under the typical requirements on show. Questions stay about his longevity taking part in in a aspect which have title ambitions.

Ben Chilwell – 4

Consistently caught out defensively with no safety provided for him with Raheem Sterling too robust and fast for him in one-on-one conditions. Still appears a left winger making an attempt to play full again.

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N’Golo Kante – 4

Unusually sloppy, particularly his passing.

One factor you’ll be able to often assure from Kante is tenacity however even that was severely missing and City took benefit. His efficiency was summed up by a poor cross when the final man that despatched Sterling by way of on objective for City’s third. Also, booked for a foul on the England man, which means he’ll miss the subsequent sport on account of suspension. He appears like a relaxation would do him good. “He’s not quite what he was,” noticed Gary Neville on co-commentary.

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N'Golo Kante picks up a reserving for a foul on Raheem Sterling

Mason Mount – 5

Still appeared like a player making his manner in the sport in a efficiency full on inconsistency. And, maybe we’re all anticipating an excessive amount of of the 21-year-old. He wanted extra assist from his skilled teammates.

Mateo Kovacic – 5

Like Mount, the sport handed him by. He was picked to supply forceful runs and give City inquiries to reply however did not do his job, permitting the City midfield to run throughout him.

Christian Pulisic – 6

Going by way of a disaster of confidence. Gone are the tough and incisive runs of final season. Didn’t lack for endeavour however City’s defenders have been one step forward of his tried artistic play.

Timo Werner – 5

Given an opportunity to show his skills by way of the center however appeared misplaced. A couple of good touches early on however he was pressured to drop far too deep to become involved in the play. Chelsea missed the focus {that a} Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham gives. It’s now 13 video games with out a objective for the German.

Hakim Ziyech – 5

So much was anticipated on his return however he fell flat. His sport is all about offering high quality from vast areas however Chelsea not often obtained him into harmful positions. Should have examined the defensive capabilities of City full again Oleksandr Zinchenko extra usually.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7

Rarely trusted from the begin by Frank Lampard however as soon as once more got here on to show some extent that maybe he ought to be first selection. Offered a superb outlet, gave Zinchenko some defending to do and popped up with a late comfort objective.

Billy Gilmour – 5

A troublesome gig for the teenager to come back on and have an effect on the sport when 3-0 all the way down to Manchester City.

Kai Havertz – N/A

Manchester City

Zack Steffen – 7

Any early nerves on his Premier League debut would not have been helped by choosing up a back-pass from Rodri in the early phases, nonetheless, Chelsea gave him a straightforward time of it, failing to register a shot on the right track till the forty fifth minute.

Ruben Dias – 7

Rock strong. Only a deflected Semi Ajayi objective for West Brom towards City and Hudson-Odoi’s late comfort has handed his watch in his final seven appearances. This City workforce can now defend and he is an enormous motive for that.

John Stones – 7

Rarely broke sweat, a surefire signal that the England defender could be very a lot again to his finest. Could have performed in his membership go well with, such was the lack of stress Chelsea placed on him.

Joao Cancelo – 8

Rapidly growing right into a key chief for Guardiola together with his versatility and intelligent positioning making him onerous to depart out when the teamsheets are named. Unlucky to not get his second help of the season when sending by way of a beautiful cross to launch De Bruyne on quarter-hour however the likelihood was fluffed.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7

Grabbed his alternative with each arms. Despite taking part in simply 12 minutes of Premier League soccer this season, the Ukrainian supplied an clever outlet down the left, offering key passes in the build-up to each of City’s opening targets.

Rodri – 8

Kept busy in the early phases by the fluid Chelsea entrance three however answered each name with some spectacular break up play to cease Werner and Pulisic of their tracks. No player gained possession again for his aspect greater than the Spaniard (11).

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Mason Mount and Rodri battle for possession

Bernardo Silva – 7

Nice and tidy as at all times in midfield. Nothing flashy however from his deep place he saved offering the likes of De Bruyne and Foden with chic service.

Ilkay Gundogan – 9

Drove City ahead in a efficiency that outlined what being a central midfielder is all about. Super intelligent together with his passing and lethal together with his attacking runs. And, when he wanted to search out the high quality when the key likelihood got here, he took it on 18 minutes, firing a beautiful strike into the backside nook.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9

Surely Chelsea’s determination to promote De Bruyne for £18million in 2013 has to charge as one the nice switch errors.

He as soon as once more got here again to hang-out them, taking part in in a false 9, with a sometimes class efficiency, grabbing a objective and an help. Indeed, amongst gamers to have beforehand made a Premier League look for Chelsea, De Bruyne has extra targets vs the Blues than another former player. His first-half effort was all about the fairly good first contact to arrange a straightforward end.

Phil Foden – 8

Sublime stuff from the teenager. Playing as a part of the entrance three, it was a efficiency that may depart Azpilicueta waking up in chilly sweats this night. He toyed with him.

Foden was silky in possession and discovered the proper cross at important instances in the match – as proven by his help for the Gundogan opener and medical end for his objective. Guardiola’s embrace and appreciation of his efficiency when subbed on 86 minutes stated all of it.

Now the job Guardiola has on his arms is to make Foden an computerized starter in these massive video games.

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Phil Foden performed an enormous half in the victory

Raheem Sterling – 7

Many thought he would play as the central striker however he popped up on the proper and performed with nice high quality, energy and pace. Probably ought to have scored when one-on-one with Mendy however his blushes have been sparred by De Bruyne firing residence the rebound.

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Fernandino – 6

The sport was gained when he arrived on the scene. Kept issues ticking over.

Sergio Aguero – N/A

Riyad Mahrez – N/A

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Chelsea now host Morecambe in the FA Cup third spherical on Sunday at 1.30pm, earlier than going to Fulham on January 15 in the Premier League on Friday Night Football, dwell on Sky Sports Premier League at 8pm.

Manchester City now go to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, dwell on Sky Sports Football at 7.45pm, earlier than internet hosting Birmingham City in the FA Cup third spherical on Sunday at 1.30pm.

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