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 By Simon Curtis

Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne earn 9/10 in Man City win over Spurs

A fabulous season from Manchester City was in danger of being devalued by the week's developments, but City reverted to type at Wembley and produced a performance of brilliance that lasted for 90 minutes instead of 45. Instead, the 28th win of the season equalled the club record and the victory produced an away treble at Arsenal, Chelsea and now Spurs, which none of the big guns have ever achieved.


Nerves of steel to attack Tottenham after what has happened in the last seven days. Stuck to their guns, kept their shape and produced yet again. For all the doubters, this was a big performance in so many ways. Brave, accomplished and proud.


Impossible to ignore the amount of chances missed by Raheem Sterling. He was a menace to Tottenham all night, but his profligacy is another relevant storyline running through this fantastic City season.

Manager Rating out of 10

9 -- For a manager with his head full of negative headlines casting new doubt on his abilities, this was another grand moment. Pep Guardiola is the Manager of the Year in the Premier League by a country mile. Right down to the substitutions, everything was geared to keeping City on track and defeating an accomplished Tottenham side on their temporary home patch.

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

GK Ederson, 8 -- Burst from his area to clear early on and was clearly as up for it as the rest of the team. Showed the usual confidence in his defence with his constant passing out into an ultracongested midfield. Held his concentration right through to the end, making a diving save from Lucas Moura's drive in the 92nd minute, and in the 93rd minute punting downfield and almost putting Sterling through on the edge of the box.

DF Kyle Walker, 8 -- Frantic warm-up routine suggested he too was in the mood. Great battle with his ex-teammate Ben Davies down his side in both attacking and defensive terms.

DF Vincent Kompany, 9 -- Immense. Two good early interceptions, a crucial foot in on Harry Kane as he was about to shoot and numerous critical clearances. Hulking ball out straight to Gabriel Jesus for the opener. Completely apt that the whistle went with the ball hitting his forehead.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 8 -- Excellent and accomplished alongside captain Kompany. Unlucky when his block/tackle ricocheted off Christian Eriksen for the Spurs goal. Otherwise calm, tidy and in control.

DF Fabian Delph, 9 -- Switched happily with Laporte as City's defence soaked up late first-half pressure. Happy to surge forward to bolster Ilkay Gundogan's deep-lying role and go even further when time and space allowed. Dynamic, reliable and energetic.

MF Ilkay Gundogan, 8 -- Plugged the gaps as Tottenham flowed forward at 2-0. Consummate penalty fired as far from Hugo Lloris's reach as is mathematically possible, right into the side netting.

Kevin De Bruyne has played in 48 of Man City's 53 games so far this season.
Kevin De Bruyne was back to his best in City's 3-1 win over Spurs.

MF David Silva, 9 -- City's Player of the Season? There is a sliver between the Spaniard and Kevin De Bruyne. Beautiful threaded passes, to Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane in particular, are his usual output, but we should not consider them any more mundane as a result. In serene control among the flying bodies.

MF Raheem Sterling, 8 -- What can you say about his finishing? Flying through the spaces, great tight control, wonderful link-up play, but oh, the finishing. A missed chance after sidestepping the goalkeeper and dummying a defender summed up his entire season. Last week the misses mattered. This week, he scored 60 seconds later.

MF Kevin De Bruyne, 9 -- Back to his best after a period operating just below it. Passes back on track, eager closing of space, feisty tackling (yellow card for slicing through compatriot Jan Vertonghen) and the pass of the game to release Sterling through the middle on 74 minutes.

MF Leroy Sane, 8 -- Wonderful body shape as he opened up to smash a volley against the post early on. Good battle with Kieran Trippier down the left and often useful in pulling the vastly overworked Davinson Sanchez across to his touchline too.

FW Gabriel Jesus, 8 -- Lively and pivotal. Fast acceleration away from Sanchez and crisp left-footed finish for the opener. Alert to block Tottenham's build-up play (earning a booking for putting a foot in front of a quick free kick).


DF, Nicolas Otamendi 7 -- Came on for Sane for the last 30 minutes and helped shore up the defence with Laporte moving to the left and Delph acting as an extra man when needed.

MF, Bernardo Silva, N/R -- Came on for Gabriel Jesus on 75 minutes to stretch the left side of Tottenham's rearguard. Close control always helps in that respect.

MF, Yaya Toure, N/R -- Symbolic late appearance, as the old guard came on to replace the man who has filled the giant gap left by the Ivorian, De Bruyne. Appearance provoked outpouring of iconic old songs of praise from the stands.

Simon is one of ESPN FC's Manchester City bloggers. Follow him on Twitter @bifana_bifana.


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