Manchester City eased to a 3-0 win at home to Olympiacos on Tuesday night time, claiming a third consecutive Champions League victory of the season in convincing trend.
It might have solely taken 12 minutes to open the scoring, but Manchester City had long been threatening to find the net. Ferran Torres played a delicate, airborne one-two with Kevin De Bruyne before coolly slotting between the goalkeeper’s legs to break the impasse.
Having denied Olympiacos a shot of any type for the rest of the first half, a sloppy go from Phil Foden ten minutes after the interval, as City constructed up from the back, offered Olympiacos’ Mathieu Valbuena with a golden probability to equalise which the 36-year-old squandered.
On his return from injury, Gabriel Jesus calmed City’s nerves as Olympiacos threatened to find an equaliser, shimmying a method then the opposite before blasting the ball into the roof of the net with 9 minutes to play. Second-half substitute Joao Cancelo added a layer of gloss to the scoreline City’s first-half efficiency warranted, guiding in a left-footed shot from outside the field within the final minute of regular time.
Ederson (GK) – 6/10 – Did what little – and little being the operative phrase given he made one save all night time – he had to do together with his common air of unerring calmness.
Kyle Walker (RB) – 7/10 – Making his eleventh start in City’s eleventh game of the season, Walker confirmed no signs of fatigue, searing throughout the turf when he picked his moments to make the overlap or tucking inside as prevention towards the counter-attack.
John Stones (CB) – 5/10 – On a uncommon alternative to stake his declare for a place in Guardiola’s first XI, Stones looked composed when every part was going nicely but worryingly skittish when Olympiacos shifted gears after the break.
Nathan Ake (CB) – 6/10 – In his first ever Champions League start, Ake hardly looked out of place.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 5/10 – Tucked infield while City had possession, the Ukraine international had little influence going forward or on the different end.
Ilkay Gundogan (DM) – 7/10 – Stroking the ball round from the bottom of midfield, Olympiacos noticed no cause to put any actual strain on City’s number eight within the first half. While the Greek champions upped the tempo after the interval, Gundogan fired off a number of testing efforts from the sting of the field.
Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – 8/10 – He might surge across the pitch with fierce gusto and misleading tempo but De Bruyne’s assists for City’s first two goals showcased his splendidly delicate contact.
Phil Foden (CM) – 5/10 – Linked up nicely with Raheem Sterling, typically replicating the archetypal run and poo into the center down the left-hand side of the field De Bruyne has all but perfected on the right. Yet, was very, very lucky not to have handed Olympiacos an equaliser on a silver platter.
Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 4/10 – Flitted out and in of the game, Mahrez endured a irritating evening peppered with unfastened touches and blocked passes.
Ferran Torres (ST) – 8/10 – With each game, the pure winger appears to be like more and more comfortable by way of the center, dropping deep to knit collectively the play or utilizing his tempo hanging on the shoulder of the last man.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – 6/10 – As ever, Sterling provided a fixed outlet excessive on the left but appeared maybe too intent on perennially turning inside onto his stronger right foot and into a crowd of our bodies.
Rodri (DM) – 6/10
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 8/10
Bernardo Silva (RW) – 5/10
Joao Cancelo (RB) – 7/10
Felix Nmecha (CM) – N/A