Match Reports & Previews Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City

Published on April 25th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman

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Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City – Report & Ratings

Manchester City moved up to third in the Premier League with a routine win over Stoke ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid

Match Summary

Fernando headed the Blues in front from a corner, before Sergio Aguero doubled City’s lead with a penalty that was awarded for Ryan Shawcross’s foul on Kelechi Iheanacho.

Kelechi added two goals to his impressive goalscoring tally in the second half when he converted Pablo Zabaleta’s cross and later rounded the keeper to seal an emphatic win.

Stoke conceded four goals for the third straight Premier League game.

Player Ratings

Joe Hart – 7

Didn’t have a lot to do other than deny Arnautovic at 2-0, will surely have more to do on Tuesday night.

Pablo Zabaleta – 7

More than matched Arnautovic’s physical presence and had a good game overall.

Nicolas Otamendi – 7

A couple of mistakes which might have led to something on another day, otherwise a good match from the Argentine.

Eliaquim Mangala – 7

We saw a bit of the old and a bit of the new Mangala on Saturday, at times he looked shaky and out of depth but the rest of the time he was solid and composed.

Aleksander Kolarov – 7

A better performance than his one against Newcastle, pressed well but didn’t have much defending to do.

Fernando – 8

Timed his header perfectly and was accurate to put City in front, didn’t let Stoke create much in midfield.

Yaya Toure – 7

A somewhat subdued performance again from the Ivorian, but kept the ball well and pressed when needed.

Jesus Navas – 8

Worked like the Duracell bunny yet again, sent several good balls into the box.

David Silva – 7

Still nowhere near his best but had a decent game in midfield.

Kelechi Iheanacho – 8

Yet again the Nigerian has proved why he is one of the hottest young names in world football, took a while to get going but once he did Stoke couldn’t handle him.

Sergio Aguero – 7

Although his name wasn’t in the headlines on this occassion, Aguero still formed a great partnership with Iheanacho and always posed a threat.

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Wilfried Bony – 6

Got himself an assist when he came on (albeit Iheanacho still had a lot to do) but didn’t do much else.

Fabian Delph – 6

Looked more comfortable in the middle and kept things tidy.

Martin Demichelis – 6

Saw the game out well – might be proof that he works better as a defensive midfielder, rather than an out-and-out defender.

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