Gallery: Player Ratings – Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Is it all about results and performances are determined by final scores? If so, then it’s been a great start to the season.

However, if truth be told, we were shocking for seventy minutes at home against Villa and got away with it; and returned to the Etihad today to complete a second VAR-prompted smash and grab inside five months.

Despite the excellent, hard-fought ‘result’, I am interested in performances and, on the evidence of today, the gulf in class between City and Spurs is ‘chasmic’. All over the field, we were played off the park and it was hard to find anyone in the team able to stamp their authority on the game. Genuinely, we had two attempts and scored twice. At the other end, we were swamped.

I question these ridiculous, show pony cardboard trophies played round the globe pre-season for largely commercial reasons – we seem to do more of them than anyone? This team is under-cooked and under-prepared. It needed a proper pre-season to get up to speed, to have a plan and a sense of purpose.

So, well done on the result, boys, but these ratings are based on individual performances which, essentially, weren’t good!

Walker-Peters – 3

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Plenty of full backs will be humiliated by City and Sterling in particular. I’m not going to make a definitive judgement on the basis of this game but he looked out of his depth. Yes, Sterling plays so wide and full backs are encouraged to keep tight, in contact with the centre backs, but he seems lost as to how to resolve this challenge. Admittedly, it took twenty minutes for the management to organise some more support from midfield but time again he didn’t seem tight to any City players around him.

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  1. Ridiculous ratings and comments. Spurs were playing against the best side in the world and Guardiola said this was their best ever performance under his watch. Spurs had a Herculean task. All credit to them for pinching a point. COYS!

  2. Shambolic ratings from someone who clearly hasn’t got a clue about the game!

    The idea that Lloris could have done better with the first goal says it all.

    We weren’t brilliant on the day but hung on in there and although fortunate, we can come away happy with a point knowing we will improve throughout the season with players like Son set to return.

  3. “Lane boy” (really?). What ridiculous comments and ratings. I can understand you don’t go to games, but this one was on tv and you still couldn’t call it correctly. Armchair buffoon.


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