Rodri celebrates scoring against Everton. Credit: Getty.
Manchester City eased to a comfortable 3-0 Premier League win over Everton on Sunday, and moved to within three points of early-season leaders Chelsea.
Raheem Sterling converted the first of the game not long before the break, before Rodri netted a thunderbolt on 55 minutes. Bernardo Silva added a third late on to seal an emphatic victory for the champions.
Everton put in a solid defensive display in the opening 45 minutes, but once they went behind it was a straightforward task for City, who were hugely impressive in possession, with several standout showings...
Didn’t have much to do at the Etihad and wasn’t forced into a save of note. The keeper didn’t even find the ball at his feet quite as often as he’s used to, such was City’s dominance.
Kyle Walker- 7
Helped link the play down the right wing and put in an excellent tackle on Demarai Gray in the first half as the lively winger drove into the box. As usual, the ex-Tottenham man spent most of his time in the opposition half and linked well with Sterling.
John Stones- 7
Didn’t have much to deal with defensively and looked assured in possession against his former side. Was given few problems by Richarlison on Sunday.
Aymeric Laporte- 6
Playing in the Premier League for the first time since his red card against Crystal Palace, the defender wasn’t quite as his usual best. It was far from a poor performance, but there were perhaps too many misplaced passess for his high standards.
Joao Cancelo- 8
He picked up a customary assist against Everton - his fifth in three games - but even by Cancelo’s high standards this was special, as he picked out Sterling with an outside-of-the-ball pass from deep. The Portugal international barely missed a pass and all too often glided down the left flank, to help City’s attack.
Bernardo Silva- 8
Another excellent display from City’s player of the season to date. Silva’s ability to turn an opposition player is extraordinary, while his forward runs caused real issues all afternoon. He grabbed a late third for the champions and came close earlier in the game when his chipped effort was saved by Jordan Pickford.
The Spaniard was everywhere against the Toffees, snuffing out fires all over the pitch, fizzing inch-perfect passes out wide while sliding through balls into advanced areas. His goal was also a thing of beauty: a bullet from around 25 yards which arched into the top corner.
Ilkay Gundogan- 8
The midfielder just never loses the ball, as was the case at the Etihad. Gundogan seems to see the whole game in slow motion and was comfortable at the base of the City midfield, or breaking through into the attacking thirds. He nearly netted in the first period when his effort hit the top of the crossbar.
Raheem Sterling- 7
The attacker’s first-half display was possibly the best football he’s played this term, when he operated from the right wing. The No.7 swapped in the second half and wasn’t quite as effective, while failing to go past his opposition full-back with as much regularity. His first-time finish on 44 minutes was an outstanding half-volley, but he really should have netted a second later in the game - only a slow reaction to Walker’s drilled cross denied him.
Cole Palmer- 6
Starting for the first time in the league, the academy graduate nearly played the full 90 but was replaced late on. Palmer played up front and didn’t always look comfortable in Guardiola’s fluid system. But there is still plenty to be encouraged about from the youngster, who played a big role in Silva’s late third.
The England international was a doubt heading into the game, but started at left wing. He produced some excellent first-time controls and helped knit City’s attack together. Foden played in an excellent cross in the first half which Sterling headed over, and the No.47 was taken off in the second period.
Riyad Mahrez (on 58)- 7
Gave Lucas Digne a tough afternoon cutting inside on his left foot and the Algerian came close to scoring on several occasions, although the game was all but wrapped up by the time he was introduced.
Nathan Ake (on 76)- 5
Didn’t have much to deal with, but took an awkward first touch inside his own half.
James McAtee (on 87)
In his brief cameo the youngster showed why there’s so much hope for his City career. He came close to scoring but couldn’t get a shot off, while he smashed the side netting with an injury-time effort.