While City continue to sparkle at times in an attacking sense, it is their defensive capabilities that have begun to impress the masses.
City have only conceded three times over the course of the opening ten games and again on Monday night showed their resilient side in another tough away game. The Blues have now travelled to Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs and haven’t conceded a goal, claiming 7 points in the process.
After another strong display on Monday night, the ratings are in!
Ederson - 7
Didn’t have a whole lot to do for the majority of the game but made an important stop from Harry Kane in the first half as the striker came bearing down goal. His long guided ball allowed Sterling the space to create City’s only goal of the game.
Kyle Walker - 6
Not the best of games on his return to his old club and was a little subdued when called upon to attack down City’s right. Didn’t make any mistakes but quiet by his standards.
John Stones - 8
Stones has developed and matured so well under Guardiola. He has been flawless in an array of positions this season but there’s no doubting he is at his best when playing in the heart of City’s defence. He read the game well throughout and didn’t allow Harry Kane a sniff all night.
Aymeric Laporte - 8
The Frenchman has been an ever-present this season and looks to now be settling down after his move from Spain last January. His aggression and assertiveness is vital to City keeping possession high up the pitch. He was excellent again on Monday night.
Benjamin Mendy - 5
Really poor game by his standards. Was caught out positionally on a number of occasions and couldn’t find his range all night. Probably his worst game in a City shirt but it isn’t something to be alarmed about. Need to remember he is not long back after a serious knee injury.
Fernandinho - 8
The Brazilian is world class. Week after week he puts in masterful performances and is the one to tie it all together at the base of midfield. Again last night he made important challenges at the right times and seemed to cover every blade of grass. He is irreplaceable in this team.
David Silva - 7
Quiet enough game by ‘El Mago’s’ standards. Should of doubled City’s lead in the second half before choosing to lay the ball off when it seemed like he was facing an open goal. Never gives the ball away.
Bernardo Silva - 6
Similiar to his namesake, he didn’t quite live up to his exceptionally high standards of recent weeks but linked up well with Mahrez throughout the game.
Raheem Sterling - 7
Sterling is improving week after week and is crucial to the way Guardiola wants his teams to play. Makes great runs on a regular basis and gives the opposition something to think about at all times. Left Trippier for dust in the build up to the only goal of the game. Had the awareness to play in Riyad Mahrez for a tap in.
Riyad Mahrez - 8
Beginning to find his feet now with City and has began to show signs of the form in his Player of the Year winning season. He links up well with City’s midfield and is starting to find his scoring touch. Tapped home for the winning goal.
Sergio Aguero - 6
Very quiet night for the Argentine striker. Found it hard to get into the game and couldn’t really get much joy up top on his own.
Kevin De Bruyne - 6
Didn’t really see much of the ball when being introduced but pressed hard as always to force Tottenham back. Will take a couple more weeks to get match fit.