Man City 4 Tottenham 1: Player ratings as Sergio Aguero shines

Man City 4 Tottenham 1: Player ratings

By Ross Cannon
Man City
4
Tottenham
1

Manchester City

Joe Hart Stopped Mason scoring his first Premier League goal with a good block with his leg. Came up trumps against Soldado as he pawed the Spaniard’s penalty away with a firm right-hand and then saved again, spectacularly, against the striker from close range. 7/10

Gael Clichy Fast asleep as Mason strolled into the box, luckily for the Frenchman, the Spurs man couldn’t convert. 5

Martin Demichelis Clumsily clipped the back off Soldado’s ankle right on the edges of the whitewash and gave referee Jonathan Moss the opportunity to award the third penalty of the game. 5

Vincent Kompany What can be said that hasn’t been said about the Belgian? Coolness personified, makes playing centre-half in the Premier League easy. 7

Bacary Sagna Crazy to think a player of Sagna’s quality warms the bench more often than not. Solid game. 6

Fernando Ridiculously casual in possession coupled with an atrocious first touch saw him concede possession for Spurs’s leveller, reminiscent of Brazil’s 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in the summer. 5

Frank Lampard Provided the assist for Aguero and won City a penalty, all inside 20 minutes. Subbed-off five minutes later with a suspected thigh injury. 7

James Milner Rattled the outside of the right post with a beautifully curled right-foot shot and worked tirelessly throughout the 90 minutes. 7

David Silva Didn’t shine in today’s game. Turning out to be a mixed bag of performances for the Spanish international. 5

Jesus Navas Had a great opportunity just before half-time but just blasted his shot at Lloris. Attacked his full-back in a much-improved performance. 6

Sergio Aguero (man of the match) Fired in a ferocious right-footed shot from a standing start to put the Sky Blues ahead and tucked away a penalty in the space of seven minutes. Hero turned villain when he failed to convert from the penalty spot for a second time, before returning to hero status again as the Argentine converted his third from the penalty spot which was followed by a fourth. 10

Substitutes

Fernandinho Came in for the stricken Lampard and sat in beside his look alike in midfield and helped dominate the middle of the park for City. 6

Stevan Jovetic N/A

Yaya Toure N/A

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Denied Aguero twice in quick succession, once from the penalty spot and then from open play. Had a 90-minute duel with Aguero, and despite conceding four, the Frenchman’s quality shone through. 6

Danny Rose Run ragged and booted the ball up field when a cool head and composure was needed. 4

Federico Fazio Inexplicably pulled Aguero to the ground inside the box. Got himself sent off and in turn kept the penalty count rising as Moss awarded the fourth penalty of the day. 3

Younes Kaboul Lack of mobility exploited by Aguero. Stupidly leapt into
Silva and gave the referee not choice but to point to the spot. 4

Eric Dier The makeshift right-back won’t look back on this Spurs defensive display fondly. 5

Ryan Mason Got in one-on-one with the City keeper but couldn’t find a clinical finish. Replaced by Vertonghen, but had quite an effective game and should happy with his personal performance. 6

Etienne Capoue Ineffective in the centre of the Spurs midfield. Replaced by Dembele on 60 minutes. 4

Nacer Chadli Fantastic start to the season for the Belgian, but couldn’t keep his goal scoring form going. Frustrating afternoon. 5

Christian Eriksen Brought his team level seconds after they conceded with too much power on the shot for Hart to handle. Tottenham player with the most attacking impetus. 6

Erik Lamela Massively hard done by Moss’s decision to award a penalty after Lampard went down in the box. Never got going and was withdrawn on 60-minute mark. 4

Roberto Soldado Slipped Eriksen in for Spurs’s leveller, but missed his chance to level up the scores with a pretty poor penalty. Seconds later had the chance to atone for the penalty miss, but his close range shot was straight at the towering Hart. 4

Substitutes

Andros Townsend N/A

Mousa Dembele N/A

Jan Vertonghen N/A

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