Manchester City player ratings vs Watford, Mahrez and Sane excel

Manchester City secured a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Watford during Tuesday night’s Premier League clash at Vicarage Road. Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez scored for the Citizens in the first and second half respectively and they managed to hold on despite a bout of pressure from Watford towards the final stages of the game. Abdoulaye Doucoure netted the sole consolation for the Hornets from close range in the 85th minute.

Player Ratings:

Ederson: The Brazil international made a fantastic left-foot save to prevent Deeney from scoring at 0-0. His passing throughout the game was pristine with no mistakes despite the regular closing down – 8/10

Kyle Walker: Barring a couple of hiccups early on, Walker was impressive on the right side of the field and regularly combined with Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez in the attack – 7/10

John Stones: Stones took charge of the responsibility of winning aerial duels against a physical Watford and managed to withstand the Hornets’ attacking barrage towards the end – 7.5/10

Vincent Kompany: Kompany was not at his best on the day but he showed class with his distribution and made some incisive passes towards the front-runners – 7/10

Fabian Delph: The Englishman kept things simple without providing much on the attack front. However, his lax defending towards the end gave the Hornets hope – 6/10

Fernandinho: Another dominating performance from the Brazilian, who seems to get better with age. He produced a top showing in the centre of the midfield with impressive through-balls for his frontmen – 8/10

Bernardo Silva: He was impressive with his dribbling and movement on the right wing and regularly combined with Mahrez. He continues to impress whenever on the field – 7.5/10

David Silva: The Spaniard did not manage to produce a vintage performance but he still played a key role in the lead-up to the Citizens’ second goal on the night – 7/10

Riyad Mahrez: He was simply untouchable in certain stages where the Hornets defence was dumb-founded by his dribbling. He provided a loopy assist for Sane’s opener before bagging the second with a neat and comfortable finish – 9/10

Leroy Sane: The German has been the go-to man for the Citizens over the past month and he continued the good form with the opening strike after missing a clear-cut chance prior to that. He was thereafter a menace for the Hornets defence at regular intervals – 9/10

Gabriel Jesus: The Brazilian could not find the scoresheet but he was hard-working throughout and spotted Mahrez for the Citizens’ second goal. He needs to improve on his finishing, however, after missing a one-on-one with Ben Foster – 7/10

Substitutes:

Ilkay Gundogan, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte

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