Man City player ratings as Kevin De Bruyne gets a 9 despite 2-2 draw with Tottenham

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An enthralling contest at the Etihad Stadium was brought to a dramatic end when VAR denied Manchester City a stoppage-time winner against Tottenham on Saturday.

Substitute Gabriel Jesus’ late effort was disallowed on review for a handball by Aymeric Laporte, much to the dismay of the hosts.

The Premier League champions absolutely dominated proceedings, attempting a whopping 30 shots to Spurs’ three, yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side secured a share of the spoils with a 2-2 draw.

Kevin De Bruyne provided the pass for Raheem Sterling to break the deadlock 20 minutes in and then set up Sergio Aguero after Erik Lamela had cancelled out the Englishman’s strike.

Lucas Moura came off the bench and scored from a corner seconds after taking to the pitch.

Here, we take a closer look at how City’s players fared in the encounter.

STARTING XI (4-3-3)

Ederson 5 – Excellent with the ball at his feet. Unsighted for the first goal but questions must be raised given Lamela’s shot was far from the corner.

Kyle Walker 6 – Showed great industry and kept Christian Eriksen quiet. Regularly involved in the build-up, tucking into midfield.

Nicolas Otamendi 5 – May have done better to defend both goals. Flicked header at the other end was his best moment.

Aymeric Laporte 6 – Elegant on the ball and never seemed to give it away. Swept up nicely at the back.

Oleksandr Zinchenko 6 – Had a couple of efforts at goal and threatened on the overlap when Sterling drifted inside.

Kevin De Bruyne 9 – A masterful display, creating a host of chances and bagging two assists after a game-high nine key passes. Unlucky not to score.

Rodri 7 – Forced a decent save from Lloris in the second half. Flawless in possession and led the way for tackles.

Ilkay Gundogan 6 – Drifted in and out of the game but threatened with a few penetrative passes in the final third.

Bernardo Silva 7 – Showed remarkable close control and physicality. Linked up brilliantly with De Bruyne on the righ. Wayward with his shots though.

Sergio Aguero 7 – Took his goal superbly, darting ahead of Toby Alderweireld to score from close range. Faded in the second half and was hooked.

Raheem Sterling 7 – Looked like he could’ve been set for another hat-trick in the first half with the runs he made but things didn’t quite click after the opener.

SUBS 

Gabriel Jesus (66′) 6 – Had a couple of half chances before landing the killer blow … or so he thought.

David Silva (78′) N/A – Brought on to create a bit of magic but was denied space with Spurs defending with a low block.

Riyad Mahrez (80′) N/A – Could only give possession away cheaply after his introduction.

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Dani Ceballos announces himself in the Premier League as Arsenal edge Burnley 2-1

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Arsenal began their home campaign in the Premier League with a tense 2-1 win over Burnley.

Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos impressed on his full debut and played a key role in ensuring his team looked sharp in midfield.

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored either side of Ashley Barnes’ goal from close range to make it two wins in the opening games for the first time in 10 years.

We take a look at some of the talking points:

Ceballos announces himself in the Premier League

Ceballos played a pivotal role in maintaining Arsenal’s positive start to the season.

The 23-year-old was one of the best players on the pitch and helped his team win the midfield battle with an inspired performance in the no10 role.

Take away the two well-deserved assists and the Spaniard still had enough substance in his game to be labelled as a match-winning performance. He created several chances from behind the striker, linking well with Aubameyang and Lacazette.

Ceballos maintained a healthy passing accuracy of 90 per cent and produced four key-passes. The midfielder pressed very well and looked dangerous on the break.

Perfect deliveries from the corner capped a near-perfect performance on the pitch.

Burnley expose Arsenal’s aerial vulnerability

The visitors were bound to depend on set-pieces and crosses to trouble Bernd Leno.

It seemed that a centre-back pairing of Sokratis and David Luiz should have been enough to nullify any threat. But the inspired first-half performance from the visitors highlighted the frailties in Arsenal’s defence.

Barnes and Dwight McNeil were rampant on the left-wing and threatened on the second-balls they won in the box. Centre-backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski were comfortably getting behind the Arsenal defence during set-pieces and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions.

Burnley knocked on the door several times, but were denied by the cluster of Arsenal jerseys in the six-year box. The persistence finally bore fruit when Barnes found himself behind a loose ball following a set-piece and made short work of Leno.

The visitors switched off in the second half, but they did make their point by asserting aerial dominance. The Gunners got away with a win, but this is something that Unai Emery needs to improve going forward.

Attack gets the job done despite hiccups

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Scoring a crucial goal despite having a poor game is a crucial trait of any striker.

Aubameyang scored in a second-consecutive game in the Premier League and Lacazette opened his account for the seaso,n despite both players arriving in the final third sloppily at times.

The former Borussia Dortmund forward missed a couple of easy chances, including a sitter after being laid off by Lacazette in the death. But he stamped his name on the fixture with a brilliant goal following an incredible individual effort.

The Frenchman too struggled to really test the keeper, but walked away with his first goal of the season. The pair were far from their best, but got the job done.

Wins such as these are as crucial as thumping 5-0 wins that accompany complete domination. If the forwards maintain the prolificacy in front of goal and manage to churn points out of games in which Arsenal were not particularly superior, the Gunners could look at an improved season.

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Antonio Rudiger and Willian set for Chelsea return against Leicester

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be hoping to have both Antonio Rudiger and Willian available for Sunday’s Premier League visit of Leicester.

The Blues boss has lost his opening two games in charge but could be boosted by the return of Rudiger and Willian (both knee) against the Foxes.

After slipping to penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool in the Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday night, Lampard could shuffle his pack to prevent tired legs.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has a fully fit squad available as he prepares to face his former club.

Rodgers, a coach at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2008, saw his team come through their opening-day draw against Wolves with a clean bill of health.

Demarai Gray missed that goalless draw as he was left out of the squad, despite being fit, and the winger will hope to be involved on Sunday.

Provisional Chelsea squad: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Tomori, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso, Palmieri, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Kovacic, Mount, Kenedy, Pedro, Willian, Pulisic, Giroud, Abraham, Batshuayi.

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