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Manchester City 4-0 Bournemouth, 2016 Premier League: Player Ratings

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We grade every City player who took part in Saturday's victory

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Manchester City remain perfect this season following a comprehensive 4-0 win against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, to claim a fifth consecutive Premier League victory and finish another week at the top of the table. Pep Guardiola's side was once again dominant for 90 minutes, and easily dispatched the Cherries with a great performance.

We grade every member of the City squad that took part on Saturday's victory, and you'll never guess who was Man of the Match...


Starters

Claudio Bravo: 7.0

Bravo was once again very solid at the back, in both his shot stopping and distribution. When he was tested, he answered the call. After a mistake in the Manchester Derby, Bravo has been excellent in recording back to back clean sheets.

Bacary Sagna: 7.5

The Frenchman has been splitting starts with Pablo Zabaleta recently, but whenever he has made the pitch he's impressed. In a position that demands a lot in the Guardiola system, Sagna has been excellent this season.

Aleksandar Kolarov: 8.0

I'm not sure if Aleks Kolarov is more man or Phoenix at this point. He's been completed reborn under Pep, and another strong showing at CB means Kolarov is almost certainly one of the first names on the team sheet these days.

Nicolas Otamendi: 7.0

Otamendi continues to improve under Pep Guardiola. The defense was never going to be tested all too much, but the way Nico presses and wins the ball back quickly for his side is instrumental in the counter-attack, not to mention he was impervious when called upon in his own half as well.

Gael Clichy: 7.5

Clichy has been out of favor with the rise of Kolarov and the health of Stones and Otamendi, but when needed the Frenchman has played very well. Saturday was a perfect example, imperious in defense and whipped in a few crosses begging on a forward to get on the end of them.

Fernandinho: 8.0

A very worthy call up to the Brazil national team preceded what City supporters are all too familiar with, another incredible performance from Fernandinho in the middle of the park. Whether it's stringing passes to the attackers, or breaking up the opposition's chances, Fernandinho is in wonderful form.

Ilkay Gundogan: 7.0

The first City goal for Gundogan was a beauty. However, the real beauty had nothing to do with Ilkay, it was a world class pass from De Bruyne to allow the German international to slot the ball in and fairly open goal. Before scoring, Gundogan was fairly quiet, perhaps a bit tired trying to play 2 games in 4 days after missing so much time.

Kevin De Bruyne: 9.0 (Man of the Match)

The Belgian Boss. I would like to officially nominate KDB for his new nickname right here, because once again De Bruyne absolutely bossed this game. If performances like this and the last few eeks keep up, people will have to start looking at De Bruyne as the best player in the Premier League.

Nolito: 7.5

First it must be said, a completely unnecessary red for Nolito marred his performance. Before that red, though, Nolito was having an excellent day, earning the free kick leading to De Bruyne's goal and playing many wonderful passes to spring the counter attack.

Raheem Sterling: 8.5

Who is this, and what has he done with Raheem Sterling? All joking aside, Sterling continues to impress this season. Last season we would see him get the ball, try to get to the byline and cross it in, now he's cutting inside, linking with De Bruyne, and using his rapid pace on the counter. An assist and goal could have easily saw Sterling win Man of the Match honors as well.

Kelechi Iheanacho: 8.0

What a replacement for arguably the world's best striker! Since Sergio Agüero's suspension, Nacho has two goals in two Premier League Game and one in a substitute appearance in the Champions League. Whether as a starter or as a weapon off the bench, Iheanacho is quickly developing into a top-quality striker.

Substitutes

John Stones: 7.0

Stones came on in the second half, most likely to give Otamendi a rest and was his usual self. Calmness and quality just ooze from this potential future captain.

Leroy Sané: 6.5

Sané came on once the game was pretty much done and dusted but looks like a great player still. With Nolito possibly missing 3 games, Sane will most likely get his first start sooner rather than later.

Aleix García: 6.5

A premier league debut for the Spaniard, coming on late and helping to secure the clean sheet for City. He lined up deeper, alongside Fernandinho, perhaps a long term replacement in the making for the Brazilian?


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