Pep Guardiola made several changes to the team that beat Southampton in the middle of the week as they deployed the last five, simultaneously playing two strikers ahead. Although Manchester City in the first half they fought for the problems of the hosts, they increased the ante after the break, which they succeeded in doing.
Fulham, who entered this game with a very good defensive momentum, will be disappointed with the way they conceded three goals.
After John Stones opened the goal from the set, the Cottagers collapsed under pressure and made two disastrous mistakes at the back. Both were duly punished by Manchester City strikers.
In that sense, here is the evaluation of the players from the match on Saturday night.
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Ederson – 7/10
As is the case in most games, Ederson had a precious little to make the entire match, as Manchester City’s defense coped well with Fulham’s threats. He would have been happy to have scored another clean sheet, after playing four league games without one.
Joao Cancelo – 7/10
A key creative force in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan, Joao Cancelo ventured into all possible positions giving Fulham’s defensive players a lot of trouble. Manchester City’s right-back provided the delivery, which resulted in the first goal of the match.
John Stones – 8/10
An excellent defensive performance ended with his fourth goal in ten games. John Stones is currently in incredible form and can do almost nothing wrong. He carried the ball forward well and acted as an addition to the midfield when Manchester City had the ball.
Ruben Dias – 7/10
It was a pleasant trip for the Manchester City leader at the back. Ruben Dias leaned back, allowing his defensive partners to move forward while he watched for potential threats.
Aymeric Laporte – 8/10
The Frenchman had a solid game at the back as he expertly marched the left side of Manchester City’s defense. Aymeric Laporte’s blockade to deny Josh Onomah up close was heroic, ensuring Manchester City showed a clean sheet for their dominance.
Benjamin Mendy – 7/10
Starting for the first time in the Premier League after Manchester City’s draw against West Bromwich Albion, Benjamin Mendy made a decent substitution at left-back. His crossing was by no means up to the mark, but he was always in the right place to collect a pass. He also connected well with Gabriel Jesus.
Rodri – 6/10
Rodri should have done better with the chance he had. He had a very busy day in the midfield, as he often found himself surrounded by opponents. Still, more often than not, Rodri had a solution for the Fulham press.
Bernardo Silva – 8/10
The only creative midfielder in the starting lineup, Bernardo Silva, did a bit of everything in the 60 minutes or so he played. His silky footwork was great to watch as he carried the ball forward with immense confidence.
Ferran Torres – 7/10
Ferran Torres could have been Manchester City’s best player in the first 45 minutes, as his movement without the ball caused Scott Parker’s team a lot of problems. He worked extremely hard throughout the game and won a penalty that resulted in Manchester City’s third goal.
Sergio Aguero – 7/10
The team captain, Sergio Aguero, had a chance to prove when he stepped on the field against Fulham.
He’s still nowhere near the best, but he would be relieved when he finally scored a goal after what he feels like an eternity. Most importantly, Aguero got 90 minutes under his belt and from now on he can only get better.
Gabriel Jesus – 9/10
The best player on the field of the day, Gabriel Jesus, returned from his disappointing performance in the Manchester derby last weekend, with a great performance at Craven Cottage. His movement and touch were sublime, and when she gave him a chance to score, he made no mistake.
Ratings of Manchester City deputies
Fernandinho – 6/10
Fernandinho slipped into Manchester City’s midfield and kept ticking.
Eric Garcia – 6.10
Eric Garcia was under real pressure as Fulham tried to catch a consolation goal but managed well enough for City.
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