Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea: player ratings from the Etihad Stadium

Jamie Jackson at the Etihad Stadium on 10 February 2019

Manchester City

Ederson 8 Retained concentration, made sharp saves when required and hit precise long balls.

Kyle Walker 7 Having re-established himself after recently being dropped, the defender was again solid.

John Stones 7 Still receives the odd ear-wigging from his manager for slipshod play and it happened again here.

Aymeric Laporte 7 Faultless display from Guardiola’s favourite defender, now filling the Kompany-sized void with aplomb.

Oleksandr Zinchenko 8 Pushed into central areas to make an extra midfielder and made the assist on Agüero’s 30-yard strike.

Fernandinho 7 The midfield general was once more metronomic, giving City the balance that lets them thrive.

Ilkay Gündogan 8 A fine strike for the German – preferred to David Silva – showed Guardiola made the correct selection.

Raheem Sterling 9 Flying start as the winger opened the scoring, then struck City’s sixth in a rampant display.

Kevin De Bruyne 7 Told off early on by Guardiola for sloppy play despite his quick free-kick leading to Sterling’s opener.

Bernardo Silva 9 Hurt Chelsea with dart in behind to make Sterling’s opener, then his cross was missed by Agüero.

Sergio Agüero 10 A howler of a miss before a rocket, a half-volley and a penalty for a redemptive hat-trick.

Subs Jesus (for Agüero, 65) 7; Mahrez (for De Bruyne, 68) 7; D Silva (for Fernandinho, 75) 8

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga 6 Could do little about the first goal. Or the second. Third. Fourth. And fifth. But a match to forget.

Antonio Rüdiger 2 Part of a dismal rear-guard who did basics wrong: particularly culpable for Agüero’s first, not pressing.

Marcos Alonso 2 Where was he for Sterling’s finish? Still showed willing to rove forward but this was near-pointless.

César Azpilicueta 2 Captain has to take responsibility for being unable to settle side after opener and gave away penalty.

David Luiz 2 Made the odd clever pass but in defence, where he was really needed, the Brazilian was awful.

Jorginho 3 Failed to head off Zinchenko when he passed to Agüero for City’s second and did little to impress.

N’Golo Kanté 4 Made runs forward when he could but was unable to do anything material to halt the light blue wave.

Ross Barkley 1 Roasted Hazard over the opener but then set up Agüero’s second with a hapless header. Lasted six minutes of second half.

Eden Hazard 3 Was asleep for City’s opener for which he rightly received a telling off; one scintillating run from near halfway was his highlight.

Pedro 5 Danced in and around the area when he could but was fighting a battle lost too early by defence.

Gonzalo Higuaín 6 Had next to zero service but one chest-then-volley from 25 yards illustrated his class.

Subs Kovacic (for Barkley, 52) 5; Loftus-Cheek (for Pedro, 65) 5; Emerson (for Alonso, 73) 5

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