De Bruyne in scintilating form but a rare off-day for Lloris

Date published: Saturday 21st January 2017 7:45

There was vast improvement from Manchester City in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Tottenham, with Kevin de Bruyne and Hugo Lloris catching the eye for wildly different reasons.


CLAUDIO BRAVO Could do nothing about either goal but there is always that lingering sense of doubt whenever he is on the ball 5

PABLO ZABALETA A bit of a mixed bag on his return to right-back. Looked defensively fragile but posed a threat in attacking areas 6

NICOLAS OTAMENDI One or two suspect moments but was pretty solid in defence 6

ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV Looked to be having a good game but his positioning for Tottenham’s goal highlighted once again that he is not a centre-back 5

GAEL CLICHY Defensively sound for the most part but both of Spurs’ goals did come from his flank 6

YAYA TOURE Employed as Man City’s only holding midfielder but didn’t really stand out in what was a high-energy game 6

DAVID SILVA Pulled plenty of strings as usual but was overshadowed by his attacking team-mates 7

KEVIN DE BRUYNE Absolutely wonderful display and arguably one of his best in a Man City shirt. At the heart of everything in attack and pounced on Lloris’ error for the hosts’ second 9

LEROY SANE Was heavily involved and always looked a danger. Made a great run on his way to scoring Man City’s first 7.5

RAHEEM STERLING Frustrating but also very unlucky. He got into a number of promising areas without making it count but was clearly pushed by Kyle Walker when through one-on-one with Hugo Lloris 7

SERGIO AGUERO Far more involved this evening and set the tone for Man City’s high press by charging down the Tottenham defence at every opportunity 7


GABRIEL JESUS (for Sterling, 81′): Made a great first impression but he was marginally offside for what would have been a dream of a winning goal 7

JOHN STONES (for Clichy, 84′): Didn’t have enough time to have any sort of effect on the game 5

FABIAN DELPH (for Silva, 90′): His effort deep inside the penalty area somehow went backwards 5


HUGO LLORIS Made plenty of solid saves in the first half but his decision-making was atrocious throughout. His miserable game was capped off by spilling a cross that De Bruyne happily tapped in 4

KYLE WALKER Looked uncomfortable (carrying an injury maybe?) and was far too slow to react to Sane’s run for Man City’s first. Made amends with a great cross for Dele Alli’s goal but should have been sent off for a clear push on Sterling 5

ERIC DIER Was part of a back three, moved into midfield, then returned to centre-back as a duo with Victor Wanyama. Unable to settle and was prone to odd mistake 5

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD Was put under an immense amount of pressure and it took its toll after he limped off with a worrying injury 5.5

KEVIN WIMMER Made only his fourth Premier League start of the season in Jan Vertonghen’s absence and it showed. Really struggled to get to grips with the game and was subbed at half time 5

DANNY ROSE Was Tottenham’s best defender by a clear margin and his duel with Raheem Sterling was fascinating to watch 7

VICTOR WANYAMA Dragged all over the place by Man City’s press but was defensively solid. Spurs fans will not want to see him at centre-back again, though. 6

MOUSA DEMBELE Had his hands full with David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne but does read the game and feel pressure incredibly well 6

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN Not much of an attacking threat and was wasteful in possession 5

DELE ALLI Made what is now becoming a trademark run into the area to haul Tottenham back in the game. However, a lot of the game did bypass him 6

HARRY KANE Absolutely non-existent as Man City dominated for large parts of the game but played a sumptuous flick on for Spurs’ equaliser 5


SON HEUNG-MIN (for Wimmer, 45′): Took his equalising goal extremely well 7

HARRY WINKS (for Alderweireld, 63′): His usual neat and tidy self on the ball 6

MOUSSA SISSOKO (for Dembele, 77′): Made very little impact 5

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