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Stoke City 0-2 Manchester City: Player Ratings

Manchester City move closer to winning the Premier League title with a comfortable win over Stoke.

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Feature 13 Mar 2018, 06:09 IST
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Stoke City v Manchester City - Premier League
Manchester City edge closer to wrapping up the title

Manchester City inched close to the Premier League title with a comfortable win over Stoke City. City were out of the blocks quickly as they went ahead in the 10th minute through David Silva.

Stoke put in a valiant effort throughout the remaining of the first half, but their resilience was finally broken as a brilliant one-two between Gabriel Jesus and Silva was finished off by the Spaniard in the 50th minute to put the result beyond doubt.

Here are the player ratings.


Stoke City

Stoke City v Manchester City - Premier League
Stoke still remain in the drop zone

Jack Butland - 6/10

The English shot-stopper had a decent game but was unlucky to see two goals go past him. Butland made four saves during the match and was also quick to react to stop a goalscoring chance for City as a misplaced by Bruno Martins Indi left Kevin De Bruyne through on goal.

Bruno Martins Indi - 5/10

The former FC Porto man did not look assured for Stoke in defence. His backpass to Butland was almost punished by De Bruyne, only to be denied by the rushing goalkeeper. He also squandered Stoke's best chance on goal as his shot from a set piece went well over the post.

Kurt Zouma - 5/10

The man on loan from Chelsea did not produce an inspiring performance for the Potters. However, he was able to have a pass accuracy of 77% and won two aerial balls.

Konstantinos Stafylidis - 5/10

The Greek international had a torrid time against Sterling and was unable to block the cross from the English forward that lead to the first goal. He also did not offer much going forward as well.

Moritz Bauer - 5/10

The Austrian full-back was at fault for both the goals as he failed to close down Silva quickly. He did look lively moving forward but failed to create any sort of impact.

Geoff Cameron - 6/10

The USA international had a quiet game against the league leaders. He was able to maintain a passing accuracy of 71% throughout the game and made way for Ramadan Sobhi in the 89th minute.

Badou Ndiaye - 6/10

The Senegalese midfielder has been one of Stoke's better players in recent weeks and his shot in the 21st minute was deflected wide and remained one of the lively players for the Potters. He also made a brilliant block on Sterling to deny him scoring in the 78th minute.

Joe Allen - 6/10

The Welsh midfielder received the only booking of the game in the 73rd minute. He was also able to complete two successful tackles in the game as well.

Jesé - 5/10

The former Real Madrid forward cut an isolated figure in the attack for the Potters. The player was easily dispossessed on multiple occasions and was taken off in the 63rd minute for Peter Crouch.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - 6/10

Choupo-Moting was not able to repeat his Manchester United heroics against their neighbours. But the Cameroon international was able to win five aerial duels and completed two successful tackles

Xherdan Shaqiri - 7/10

The former Bayern Munich winger was Stoke's most dangerous player in the match. He performed a spectacular nutmeg on Zinchenko before setting up N'Diaye, whose shot went wide. His performance again showed why Stoke's survival chances rests upon his shoulder.

Substitutes

Peter Crouch - 6/10

The English striker replaced Jese in the 63rd minute and provided Stoke some much needed aerial threat, which was missing in the second half. He was able to win four aerial duels after coming on.

Ramadan Sobhi - N/A

He replaced Cameron in the 89th minute of the game.

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