Hugo Lloris 9.5/10:
Once again proving why he’s our captain and one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Hugo Lloris is the runaway player of the match and primary reason why Tottenham are still unbeaten after two matches.
He stopped eight of 10 shots and faced another 20 attempts. He cut out bundles of dangerous crosses, was spritely and fearless in attacking the ball. The Frenchman had little chance on either City goal. Thanks for saving our bacon, Hugo. Maybe everyone will remember this outing next time you endure a tough day at the office.
Danny Rose 5.5/10:
Danny Rose didn’t exactly sparkle. Mind you, the Englishman had Kevin De Bruyne to contend with. De Bryune dropped into pockets, catching Rose between two minds. He didn’t know whether to commit or drop back, allowing De Bryune that extra split second he needed to pick Tottenham apart. While an unenviable task, Rose should be experienced enough to make the required adjustments.
Toby Alderweirled 8/10:
Toby Alderweireld had some shaky moments on the ball, but, through multiple last-gasp blocks and challenges, held City at bay, especially in the second half. He wasn’t able to track back effectively on Sergio Aguero’s goal, the Belgian losing his mark at the front post. He’ll want that one back. Otherwise, though, Toby was a beacon of strength, holding, albeit tenuously, Spurs’ defence together.
Davinson Sánchez 7/10:
If Davinson Sanchez was being graded on his first half performance, he’d probably earn a dismal 4/10. All over the place in the first stanza, Sanchez couldn’t figure out when to commit and when to drop back. He was skinned on a couple of occasions and once again got his wires crossed with Rose. However, the Colombian redeemed himself in the second half, immeasurably more assured and confident. City still got bundles of chances but Sanchez held on for dear life, helping Toby hold the backline together by a thread. It was a fighter’s performance, ugly but somewhat effective.
Kyle Walker-Peters 7/10:
Like Davinson, Kyle Walker-Peters had a miserable first half. Raheem Sterling showed his experience and superior skill set, running Walker-Peters ragged. The young right back lost Sterling on City’s opener, allowing him a free header at the back post. What a transformation in the second half, though. Walker-Peters held his own in the second half, growing leaps in bounds. This type of match will server Walker-Peters well, as it shows he can run – and contain – the world’s best.