Manchester City stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to 15 points, as they comfortably defeated West Bromwich Albion in a 3-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
It was a fantastic performance from the Citizens, showing true desire and passion in another crucial step towards the Premier League title.
This game also saw the debut of record signing, Aymeric Laporte, who played at the back alongside Nicolas Otamendi against the Baggies.
City took the lead after a sublime Kevin De Bruyne pass found Fernandinho, who coolly slotted home to give his side a deserved lead. After a dominant first-half performance and a similar start to the second half, the lead was eventually doubled by De Bruyne, who finished off a quick counter-attacking move to put the game out of sight.
Former City striker Daniel Sturridge came on for the Baggies and could have opened his account for his new club if his shot hadn’t dragged wide. As the game entered its closing stages, Sergio Aguero rounded off the victory with a delightful finish past Ben Foster to claim his 17th league goal of the season, and ensure that Pep Guardiola’s side will be extending their lead over second-placed Manchester United.
Here are how the player’s faired from the game at the Etihad:
Never really had much to do other than keep himself warm on a cold night in Manchester! His highlight of the game was a fantastic pass to Bernardo, which is often a typical trait of his this season.
Kyle Walker: 7
His immense pace and well-timed runs were crucial in City’s dominance of the match. He is starting to form a good understanding with Bernardo on the right flank, which will only help the squad going forward.
Nicolas Otamendi: 7
Was given the task of introducing his new centre-back partner Laporte and both players put in fantastic displays. The Argentinian showed the same kind of physicality and composure that has made him one of the best defenders in the Premier League this season.
Aymeric Laporte: 8
A fantastic debut performance from Laporte, with his first contribution being a sublime 50-yard pass to Bernardo! Didn’t make a single mistake and offered everything that a Pep Guardiola-style defender needs his system. A sign of things to come!
Oleksandr Zinchenko: 7
Going forward from left-back, the Ukrainian has developed into a useful outlet – with some immaculate passing and reading of the game. The more he plays for City, the more he is turning into a real contender for a starting spot in this team.
Kevin De Bruyne: 9
I’m running out of superlatives to describe this magician. He was outstanding once again, playing an outrageous, threaded 45-yard pass to find Fernandinho, and then turned goalscorer when he finished off a slick counter-attack to convert his seventh league goal of the season.
Opened the scoring for his side after appearing further forward than normal, before going back to his normal role of ensuring his side stayed composed at the back and in the midfield.
David Silva: 7
After a promising start, with some good buildup and well-timed runs, the Spaniard got an unfortunate injury to his hip and was forced off for Gundogan.
Bernardo Silva: 8
Keeps showing great improvement as each game passes, and was once again denied a fantastic goal but this time from the opposition goalkeeper. His immense dribbling and trickery were effective in picking apart an astute Baggies defence.
Sergio Aguero: 7
Scored a fantastic chipped effort to round off another routine performance, and was looking to create opportunities for himself and his team-mates whilst up against an aggressive opposition backline.
Raheem Sterling: 7
Really should have scored early on in the second half, but made up for it with a great pass back to De Bruyne to make it 2-0 and for Aguero to make it 3-0.
Ilkay Gündoğan: 7
Replaced the injured David Silva and slotted in nicely. Was essential in keeping up the pressure and maintaining the dominance that City possessed.
Brahim Diaz: 6.5
Came on for De Bruyne and produced a great cameo display. Could have scored late on for the Citizens, but was denied by Foster. A star in the making indeed.