EPL 2016/17: Manchester City City 1-1 Everton - Player Ratings
The visitors took the lead, despite City enjoying nearly all of the possession, when Romelu Lukaku broke through the City defence to calmly slot past Claudio Bravo. It didn’t look like it was going to be City’s day until Nolito came off the bench to head in the equaliser.
Maarten Stekelenburg saved two penalties while also making a number of top-quality saves as Everton held out for a point.
Claudio Bravo: 5/10
Bravo was barely tested and was a mere spectator in the first half as his side rarely lost possession of the ball. The Chilean stopper could do nothing when Lukaku took the one chance that he was provided with.
Nicolas Otamendi: 6/10
The Argentine defender was solid on the right of a back three. The 28-year-old was handed the task of preventing the likes of Bolasie and Deulofeu from getting in behind and he did his job to perfection, until City were stunned by a lightning-quick counter-attack.
John Stones: 5/10
Stones started as the deepest of City’s outfield players and was responsible for keeping tabs on former teammate Lukaku. The England international didn’t allow the striker any time on the ball in the opening 45 minutes, but was nowhere to be seen when Lukaku broke through on goal.
Gael Clichy: 5/10
It was the first time this season that Clichy started a game as a centre-back, as he occupied the left-hand side of the back three. The 31-year-old was not threatened much during the game nor did he have any positive effect on the game.
The Brazilian was ever present in the heart of the City midfield. Fernandinho has had a key role to play in the way City have operated under Guardiola and it was no different against Everton. He was on hand to cut out most of Everton’s counter-attacks before they could even cross the half way line, while also pulling his weight in attack.
Ilkay Gundogan: 6/10
Gundogan didn’t see as much of the ball during the game even though City enjoyed nearly all of the possession. But the former Dortmund midfielder always had a sharp eye to play in the right passes at the right time.
David Silva: 8/10
The Spaniard has been in superb touch and is thriving in his free role this season. He kept the Everton defenders on their toes at all times, and was involved in almost all of his team’s attacks. A darting run at the end of the first-half resulted in Jagielka bringing down Silva inside the box to concede a penalty, which De Bruyne consequently missed. He also played in a delightful cross for Nolito’s equaliser.
Kevin De Bruyne: 7/10
De Bruyne was considered a doubt before the game due to injury but didn’t show any real signs of a lingering problem. The opening 45 minutes saw him miscue and misplace a few passes while he also had a penalty saved, although he was much more like his usual best in the second.
Raheem Sterling: 6/10
Sterling dazzled down the wings and caused a few issues for Coleman, before moving to the opposite flank in the second half. While he saw a lot of the ball, he was unable to find that killer pass in behind a well marshaled Everton defence.
Leroy Sane: 7/10
The youngster was one of City’s most threatening player and caused a number of problems of Bryan Oviedo in the opening half. Sane endured a much quieter second half and was replaced around the 70-minute mark by Nolito.
Kelechi Iheanacho: 5/10
The Nigerian striker has been in top form whenever he has got the opportunity this season. He made a few clever runs in the Everton box and was closely monitored by Williams and Jagielka at all times. The 20-year-old lasted just over 50 minutes before being replaced by Aguero.
Sergio Aguero: 4/10
After a tiring international schedule and a slight injury concern, Aguero started on the bench but came on before the hour mark for Iheanacho. He wasted no time in getting into the game and won and took City’s second penalty that was also saved by Stekelenburg.
The Spaniard returned to action after serving a suspension and nodded in the leveller just seconds after coming on.
Vincent Kompany: N/A
Returned from injury to replace Gundogan for the final few minutes.