Manchester City opened their Premier League defense with a resounding 5-0 thumping of West Ham United away from home this Saturday.
Manchester City have clearly shown that they are still favorites to lift yet another English Premier League title. The Citizens faced the Hammers in their first game of the new campaign and almost every player showcased why their team’s title credentials make all the right sense in the world.
The Brazilian didn’t have much to do except for two occasions when he made a double save in the second half. Always sure-footed, Ederson is a great asset to have.
Kyle Walker 7
The right-back knows that he has competition at Manchester City following the arrival of Joao Cancelo. However, the England international carried out his duties to perfection and set up the first goal of the game.
John Stones 7
The England international is Pep Guardiola’s favorite defender and the former Everton man was as usual an assured presence at the heart of defense and oozed composure with the ball between his feet.
Aymeric Laporte 8
The Frenchman is yet to become a regular starter for his national team but for Manchester City, he is a perfect partner to Stones.
Aleksandr Zinchenko 8
The young Ukrainian was as sharp as ever for Manchester City going further afield. With some really great link up play, the young full-back keeps on justifying his place in the starting XI ahead of Benjamin Mendy.
Kevin de Bruyne 7
While we are yet to see the de Bruyne of two seasons ago, the Belgian oozes class every time he has the ball. Setting up Sterling’s first goal of the game with a delightfully delayed pass, the midfielder is expected to get stronger as the season wears on.
The young Spaniard almost conceded a penalty on his Premier League debut for Manchester City but recovered amazingly well while playing as a deep-lying playmaker. Tirelessly broke up attacks and launched forays forward.
David Silva 8
The veteran playmaker was at his best unlocking the West Ham defenses with classy touches and flowing runs. He might not be in his 20s anymore but Silva is definitely going to make an impression in what could possibly be his last season at Manchester City.
Riyad Mahrez 9
Fresh from winning the African Cup of Nations with Algeria, the former Leicester City man played a key role in the four goals Manchester City put past West Ham. He also won a penalty late on in the game.
Gabriel Jesus 7
The Brazilian started the game ahead of Sergio Aguero and justified his selection by his continued persistence to pressurizing defenders into releasing their passes quickly. His first goal was a pure striker’s goal.
Raheem Sterling 10
While he took his time to adjust to the game, the England international once again came with the goods for Manchester City, scoring a fine hat-trick.
Sergio Aguero 6
Scored from a penalty kick but definitely not in contention to start the next game.
Came on for De Bruyne in the 79th minute.
Late cameo for the young England international, replacing David Silva.