Manchester City got their latest pursuit for the Premier League title off to a winning start with a hard-fought win over Wolves.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring from the spot for City after 19 minutes. The midfielder was fouled inside the box by Romain Saiss and blasted the resulting penalty past Rui Patricio.
Phil Foden made it 2-0 after 32 minutes when he fired in Raheem Sterling’s pass after a slick City move sliced Wolves open.
The hosts hit back in the second half through a powerful Raul Jimenez header but, despite piling the pressure on, City made sure of the win as Gabriel Jesus added a third in stoppage time.
Here’s how the players rated….
Made good saves to stop the scoreline being even more severe.
Tough night for the Wolves defence, constantly pulled out of position.
His booming voice with instructions is now such a feature of empty stadiums.
Conceded stupid penalty with crazy, reckless sliding tackle on De Bruyne.
Started at right wing back, struggled to get on the ball in danger areas.
Saw shot cleared off the line by Walker when he should have scored.
Disappointing lack of end product as he struggled to make things happen.
His debut lasted just ten minutes before limping off with an injury.
Worked and chased hard, went incredibly close with one effort.
Did not really connect with the other forwards and was disappointing.
City shackled him well, he missed one glorious chance but did not get many others.
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Did not have much to do, but at least his bright pink kit stood out.
Has looked a different player for the past few months, all his old speed back.
He really caught the eye, looked composed and played with style and confidence.
Started as left centre half, did well. Often dropped deep almost as a sweeper.
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Even when he gave it away, he chased back to make up for his mistake.
Restored to midfield, he formed a nice shield with Rodri. Good.
One sensational cross shot flew just wide of the post. Strong and dominant.
Scored on his first game since being sent home from England duty.
De Bruyne 9
MotM. Carried on from where he left off last season, purred in midfield.
He looked superb, full of strength, speed and energy. Had a terrific game.
Saw one shot brilliantly saved and it did not really come off for him. Added a goal late on.
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