It was a professional performance from Man City against a struggling Fulham side. The home team made many simple errors that really were Sunday league mistakes.
However, Man City started the first 15-20 minutes so well, and considering there has just been an international break it was an even more impressive start.
Pep Guardiola’s high press was in full force as Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva worked tirelessly. It was Bernardo Silva who opened the scoring with an excellent finish into the bottom left corner.
A few minutes later Bernardo Silva capitalised on another Fulham error and played in Aguero, who scored a superb goal from his trademark tight angle.
The second half was very interesting, mainly because it was a very forgetful period of football. This was partly because Man City seemed to coast but also because Fulham offered absolutely nothing. There was an impressive underlap from Kyle Walker but he hit the post, and with that effort, it meant all Man City outfield players had a shot!
Here is how we rated the players:
Ederson - 6
This game was about as easy as they get. I don’t recall him having to make a save, but as per usual he was comfortable on the ball.
Kyle Walker - 7
Kyle Walker was another player that did not have much to do, defensively anyway. But any threat was easily snuffed out and he should have got a goal late on.
Nicolas Otamendi - 6
Nicolas Otamendi was good. He won his duels and helped the transition by moving the ball quickly. Had Mitrovic been playing, perhaps his game would have been harder.
Aymeric Laporte - 6
This game was the steady start he required to get back in rhythm. He was able to be eased back with a very quiet game, like Otamendi.
Oleksandr Zinchenko - 7
I think the biggest compliment that anyone can pay Oleksandr Zinchenko is how much he went under the radar. This was because he has become so consistently excellent for Man City and he put in another similar performance.
Ilkay Gundogan - 6
There are rumours flying that Ilkay Gundogan won’t sign a new contract because of his playing time. Well, he played yesterday and put in an okay performance. He is one of those not guilty for being much slower when City are winning comfortably. I would have liked to have seen him take the initiative and try and get four or five against Fulham, as they were there for the taking.
Kevin De Bruyne - 6
Like Aymeirc Laporte, it was a gentle return for Kevin De Bruyne. I don’t think we will see the De Bruyne of last year, but if we see half of that player, City will have a shout of doing the impossible.
David Silva - 6
Another quiet day for David Silva, quiet doesn’t mean a bad game but there was little that I associate with a Silva in full flow. Hopefully, the addition of Kevin De Bruyne will allow for Silva to return to his best form.
Bernardo Silva - 9 (MOTM)
What a player he is! He was a surprise signing as everyone thought he was off to Man United and without any Man City rumours he was holding up the shirt. Well, this season his performances have not gone under the radar. His goal was well-taken and his assist for Aguero was down to his high pressing and clever initiative.
Raheem Sterling - 6
I think the international break maybe caught up with Raheem Sterling! It was not his best game, but I fancy him to be back flying sooner rather than later.
Sergio Aguero - 8
I am so glad that Sergio Aguero got his goal because he has been so good for Man City this season. I hope the precautionary knock isn’t serious because he is vital to any title challenge!
SUB: Gabriel Jesus - 6 (57’)
Gabriel Jesus came on to replace Aguero and provided the usual high energy. There were a few examples of some lovely skills but sadly he didn’t get a goal.
SUB: Fernandinho - 6 (75’)
It was nice to see him back on the pitch, but there was nothing really of note that he did.
SUB: Riyad Mahrez - N/A (88’)
He came on for the last few minutes and I don’t remember anything he did.