Leroy Sané was handed his first Premier League start against Everton, and he certainly impressed. He truly showed what the future has in store. Leroy started with some good possession play. On the right side, Everton defenders struggled to get the ball off of him. His speed was phenomenal as he glided his way through defenders, creating chances that were not capitalized on. Sane was crucial to the Sky Blue dominance and possession, and has inevitably won himself some more game time.
David Silva once again pulled the strings in City’s midfield. Similar to Sané, David created some great chances, most of which were not taken advantage of. In the 72nd minute, Silva put a breathtaking ball into the box that found Nolito’s head, which gave City a pivotal equalizer. Silva’s wondrous performance won him man of the match over Maarten Stekelenburg, who single-handedly secured Everton a point.
It was a stressful and frustrating match for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, but they played well overall. They controlled the match consistently for all ninety minutes, but it was Everton’s defensive resilience that kept City from nicking all three points. Man City remain on top of the table, but this has given Pep more to work on ahead of the trip to Barcelona.