Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City: Sky Blues Players rank as visitors tame Villa’s spirit to win

Beautiful goals from Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva is enough for City of Manchester to score an important 2-1 victory first Aston Villa inside Premier League last night (December 1).

Pep Guardiola’s side played a key role from the start, holding Villa in their half for most of the first 20 minutes. Despite their early dominance, Manchester City struggled to find the opener. However, that soon changed when Ruben Dias hit a stunning left-footed shot past Emiliano Martinez in the 27th minute.

It was a fantastic goal and no less what Cityzens deserved for their dominance in the game. The visitors then doubled the lead just before Bernardo Silva scored. The Portuguese scored a mighty volley after a brilliant counter-attack left the Villa defense alarmingly steady.

However, the home side roared back after the break and Ollie Watkins volleyed the ball wide wide to shorten the score to 1 goal. Villa stepped up the pressure but Manchester City endured Villa’s late pressure. The 2-1 victory puts them one point ahead of Chelsea at the top of the table.

On that note, here is the standings of the Manchester City players from the game:

Ederson Moraes – 7/10

Ederson had an excellent game after a long time. The Brazilian had little or no chance to save Watkins’ shot, but made two good saves in the game. His second-half save to thwart Carney Chukwuemeka’s deadly shot attempt proved vital for the Cityzens.

Joao Cancelo – 7/10

Cancelo had a lousy performance tonight. Positioned at right-back for the game, he managed to provide overlapping runs for Riyad Mahrez throughout the night. However, his influence on the game is unusually limited. Cancelo ended the game with a key pass and a shot on target.

Ruben Dias – 8.5 / 10

Defensively perfect as he usually is, Ruben Dias scored a stunning first-half goal as well as giving Manchester City a crucial breakthrough in the game. The centre-back handled pretty much everything Villa threw at his defence, and helped his side take all three points.

Dias scored a tackle, won a foul and completed 92% of his passes.

Nathan Ake – 7.5 / 10

Like his counterpart in defense, Nathan Ake Also had a pretty stable game. He displayed a good reading of the game, performing several key interventions and rehab throughout the game. Ake also completed all of his attempted passes during the night.

Oleksander Zinchenko – 7/10

Often falling into the left midfield role, Zinchenko also sometimes provides effective cover for the defence. He is also heavily involved in Man City’s constructive play, which pairs well with Raheem Sterling on the left wing for most of the first half.

Zinchenko completed two long balls accurately and achieved a passing accuracy of 95%. He also registered a key pass, a shot on target and three tackles.

Rodri – 8/10

Rodri enjoyed another phenomenal performance in the heart of City’s midfield. He is influential in controlling the flow of the game forward and is crucial in breaking Villa’s attacks at times. The Spaniard made four successful tackles and nine recoveries throughout the game, completing 85 percent of his passes.

Fernandinho – 7/10

Fernandinho showed every bit of his experience in disrupting Villa’s attacks and disrupting the flow of the game with clever fouls throughout the 90 minutes. However, the Brazilian looked a bit shaky in the second half as he misfired several challenges under pressure.

Bernardo Silva – 9/10

By far the best player on the pitch, Bernardo Silva played his role perfectly. He often seemed to just skim the pitch and set up Manchester City’s attacks with his movement. Silva ended a superb performance with his first volley that smashed into the net of Martinez.

Riyad Mahrez – 6.5 / 10

Mahrez had a pretty quiet evening at the office. His first touches and dribbles were as good as ever but given the tight nature of the Villa defence, he struggled to overcome his dominance of the game. Mahrez made three crucial passes of the night and completed 87.2% of his passes.

Gabriel Jesus – 7.5 / 10

57. There were two attempts from Jesus in the last few minutes, Man City continued to press! 👊🦁 1-2 🔵 | #City man

Jesus caused many difficulties for the Villa defense with his movement and working speed. His linking play was well-timed throughout the game and he even provided an assist, providing a precise cross to Bernardo Silva during the break.

Raheem Sterling – 8/10

Sterling has been looking like himself lately, and tonight was no different as Matty Cash struggled to deal with him throughout the game. He was lucky to get an assist for Dias’ goal, but it was the least he deserved in a game where he was an attacking threat throughout.

Sterling managed five key passes and won a foul for Manchester City despite not taking a shot throughout the night.

Replace Manchester City

Jack Grealish – None

Booed on his return to Villa Park, Grealish came on as a substitute in the 87th minute, replacing Gabriel Jesus. He simply didn’t have enough time to make an impact on the game as Manchester City have won.

Q. Is Ruben Dias currently the best defender in world football?

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