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Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings:

Report cards for City's players after a big win over the Eagles.

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Joe Hart (8.0): Despite the fact that this was a comfortable game for City, Palace still managed a handful of quality chances. The visitors missed the target on some occasions, but Hart came up huge when Damien Delaney got on the end of a Connor Wickham cross. He also made a fine save on a curling free kick from Yohan Cabaye.

Pablo Zabaleta (8.0): Bacary Sagna's return to prominence has been a welcome sight for City fans, but Zabaleta is also just about as solid as they come. He was quite steady at right-back against Palace and worked like a champ. It was a tremendous performance from him on his birthday. That's 200 Premier League appearances and counting for the seasoned defender.

Nicolas Otamendi (8.0): The central defender played a strong game and contained some dangerous attacking players. Otamendi is really hitting stride and is only improving tactically, which was evident in this match as he dealt with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Wickham.

Martin Demichelis (7.0): Otamendi is trending upward, and the best is yet to come from the former Valencia man. As for Demichelis? Well, he is 35. While there is obviously not a ton left in the tank, he earned the start and overall played well. He was caught out of position on the Delaney sitter, but Hart bailed out his veteran teammate.

Aleksandar Kolarov (7.0): Kolarov was forced to exit the match due to injury. We will continue to monitor his status. He was 52 minutes into a good showing but had to make way for Gael Clichy.

Fernando (7.0): He was not pushed to his limits, as his team ran away with the game. He sat in at CDM and patrolled danger well.

Fabian Delph (8.5): Star of the show. Delph got the start and delivered the goods against Palace. His low strike from distance gave City the early lead. It was a powerful shot from miles out, but his entire outing was spectacular. From his passing to his movement to his stout defending, Delph was flat-out awesome in this one.

David Silva (7.0): He slotted home the fourth and final goal after an unselfish play by Sergio Aguero (who was on a hat trick). He is still incredibly quiet by his standards. He certainly flashed some moments of brilliance, but his consistent wizardry was not like what City fans have seen in the past.

Kelechi Iheanacho (7.5): The youngster turned in an excellent shift. He clearly has chemistry with Aguero and can ask questions of the opposing back line. Still just a teenager, Iheanacho figures to be one of the best in the business very soon.

Kevin De Bruyne (7.0): He has become quite the assist machine. However, his creative playmaking was limited by fewer touches and a fairly muted impact in dangerous areas (compared to some of his other performances).

Sergio Aguero (8.0): He did what he does. His second goal capped off a lovely passage of play from City. His all-around game has not really been on display for much of this season, but he logged a brace and thus had a successful day.


Gael Clichy (6.5): The Frenchman was tasked with marking the speedy Zaha. He did well considering he came on as a sub.

Yaya Toure (7.0): The mountain of a man played for the final 30 minutes. It was a bit unusual to see him come off the bench, but saving his legs is a necessity.

Jesus Navas (N/A): The Spaniard is capable of impacting games even when he does not start, but he did not get ample time to do so against Palace.