Player ratings: Tottenham (a) 02/10/2016

By Ric Turner, Tue 04 October 2016 14:23


Player ratings: Tottenham (a) 02/10/2016John Stones one of the few players to emerge with any credit from disappointing defeat

Claudio Bravo: 7
The Chilean goal keeper was put under immense pressure at times by Tottenham's forwards, but coped reasonably well in difficult circumstances. Made a good save from Lamela's penalty to keep the scoreline more respectable.

Pablo Zabaleta: 5
Was a surprise inclusion ahead of Bacary Sagna. Zabaleta has been a superb servant for the club since 2008, but time looks to be catching up with him. Possibly a season (or two) too far for the popular defender, and surely an area City will look to strengthen in the summer.

John Stones: 8
City's best player on the day. Carried the ball out of defence admirably and showed great composure throughout. Already looks like a future club captain.

Nicolas Otamendi: 6
Some of the rash decision making that plagued him last season was evident again, particularly when he clumsily up-ended Alli to concede a dangerous free-kick and pick up yet another booking. Dominant aerially on set pieces however.

Aleksandar Kolarov: 4
It's been a difficult week for Kolarov, after an abject showing at Celtic Park in the Champions League. A wild, unnecessary swipe at Rose's cross gave Spurs the lead, and he played a part in the build up to the penalty.

Fernando: 5
Struggled to adapt to the pace of the game, and frequently conceded possession whilst offering little protection to the back line.

Fernandinho: 6
Gave away the second half penalty by clumsily bringing down Alli, and was generally out of sorts after an impressive start to the season.

David Silva: 7
Missed a great opportunity to give City the lead after four minutes, when he failed to make contact with Navas' cross. Grew in influence as the second half progressed.

Jesus Navas: 5
One good early cross, but struggled to make an impact after that. Plenty of effort, but little guile or finesse. Deservedly hooked after half time.

Raheem Sterling: 5
Sterling has been in excellent form of late, but had a quite day here at the Lane. Had an ongoing battle with Rose, in which the full back ultimately prevailed.

Sergio Aguero: 6
Hit the post shortly after half time, and then forced Lloris into a good save but largely starved of service.

Ilkay Gundogan: 6
Gundogan is, perhaps unsuprisingly, still a little rusty after his lengthy injury absence and conceded possession on a number of occasions after coming on as a second half sub. However, his introduction saw City improve as a whole.

Kelechi Iheanacho: 6
Made some promising runs, but was unable to convert the one clear cut chance that fell his way after being fed by Silva.

Leroy Sane: no rating
Guardiola is gradually introducing the youngster into the first team, and he had little chance to impress in the five minutes or so he was on the pitch.

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