Bernardo Silva 9/10 as Man City edge toward Premier League title

Manchester City are four wins away from securing their first Premier League title since 2014 after a well-controlled and dominant team performance in their 1-0 win over Chelsea. Once the hosts opened the scoring after halftime, it never felt like Antonio Conte's side had a chance of salvaging any points such was City's use of the ball.


This was one of the most high-pressure weeks City have faced all season. It should have been two tough games against Arsenal in the League Cup final and in the Premier League, and then against the soon-to-be deposed champions Chelsea, but City have made it look like a walk in the park. The team looks fresh and is showing no signs of mercy on the rest of the league.


The City fans would probably have liked to have seen more goals on the day but there was little to complain about in such a dominant display.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- Pep Guardiola kept his team fresh and on the front foot throughout the game, earning what would turn out to be a very comfortable win.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Ederson Moraes, 6 -- The goalkeeper was a spectator for much of the match given how little he had to do. His footwork was, as you'd expect, perfect.

DF Kyle Walker, 7 -- A brilliant 80 minutes was slightly ruined by a few loose passes in the final third, which twice almost let Chelsea in on the counter-attack. It was fortunate that his turn of pace allowed him to get back into position and that the visitors were continually pressed into bad decisions.

DF Nicolas Otamendi, 8 -- His transformation has been startling. Contrast Otamendi's display in this match against Chelsea to the same fixture last season and he's a completely different player. Then, he dived in several times and allowed the opposition through; now, he controlled the game with deft passing and smart movement -- plus some strong tackling, too.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 7 -- The centre-back is looking to have settled in at City quickly. He dealt with the pressure well and never looked afraid to bring a ball down and play from the back.

MF Oleksandr Zinchenko, 7 -- It was a very tidy display from the makeshift full-back, although he was maybe lucky his yellow card wasn't a red for a late challenge on Willian. Considering he's playing out of position, he looks at home on this team.

MF Ilkay Gundogan, 8 -- Tasked with anchoring midfield in the Fernandinho role, Gundogan put his own spin on the position. There to put out the majority of fires that Chelsea started, he was also showing off some cute passes to open space for his more advanced teammates.

MF David Silva, 8 -- One of the key creative forces for City, Silva was always in space despite the attention the Chelsea defenders were giving him. When in a tight spot, he always found a way out to another blue shirt, and he provided a great assist for the decisive goal.

MF Kevin De Bruyne, 7 -- The Belgian never shied away from taking the ball, but City struggled to get him in possession in dangerous areas. The few times they did, the fans would have liked him to shoot more when he unselfishly looked for his colleagues.

MF Bernardo Silva, 9 -- Having scored a peach at Arsenal, the creative midfielder followed it up with a knees-and-shins Shaun Goater-esque finish to decide the game with Chelsea. He's having a wonderful time at the moment and is looking a settled part of Guardiola's set-up.

MF Leroy Sane, 8 -- It was just a shame for the winger that his jinking runs didn't lead to anything. He gracefully glided past several Chelsea defenders a number of times, but wasn't able to get himself a goal or an assist.

FW Sergio Aguero, 8 -- The striker never really had an opportunity to get on the scoresheet, but his manager will have been delighted with what he saw. Not only did he continually work the channels, but he pressed the Chelsea defence and regularly forced them into giving up possession. This was an Aguero display that proves he and his manager are on the same page.


FW Gabriel Jesus, NR -- A late switch for Aguero, the Brazilian added some much-needed legs into the final moments.

DF Danilo, NR -- With Zinchenko on a yellow card, the full-back was brought on to shore up the defence in anticipation of a late Chelsea onslaught -- but that never came.

MF Phil Foden, NR -- It's possible the midfielder didn't touch the ball since he came on late to run the clock down.