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 By David Mooney

Yaya Toure's Manchester City send-off a perfect 10

Manchester City are the greatest team the Premier League has seen. Following their 3-1 victory over Brighton on Wednesday, Pep Guardiola's team have scored more goals and earned more points than any other side has achieved in a single season in the modern era.

On top of that, the home fans said goodbye to one of their club's heroes in Yaya Toure, who will be remembered for the sizable impact he had at the Etihad.


City confirmed their status as one of the most impressive teams in top flight history with the win. Still with one game to go, they've scored more Premier League goals than any other side has managed and they have the opportunity to earn a points tally in triple figures. If that doesn't cement this double-winning season as iconic, then nothing will.


It's just a shame that Toure couldn't find his way onto the score-sheet on his final home game of the season, just to put the icing on the cake.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- It looked like a strange team selection from Pep Guardiola, but it got the job done and it gave a few fringe players time on the pitch.

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

GK Claudio Bravo, 5 -- If there was a game that showed exactly why the goalkeeper is City's number two it was this one. He showed some deft touches to clip the ball around his defence, but he wasn't up to the level that Ederson has shown this campaign. Meanwhile, his handling still left a lot to be desired as he juggled the ball at times and didn't deal with the danger when he left his line for the equalising goal.

DF Danilo, 8 -- An excellent performance was crowned off by a brilliant finish for the opening goal from the full-back. He looked more comfortable than he has previously and put in some excellent challenges to keep City on the front foot.

DF Vincent Kompany, 7 -- It was like a performance from the Belgian's golden days at City. He was dominant in the air, read the game well to snuff out Brighton's chances and organised the defence well.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 8 -- As his first half-season in Manchester comes to a close, the defender is beginning to look like a classy addition to the squad. He was calm and composed, doing well to step forward and cut out Brighton's attempted through-balls.

MF Oleksandr Zinchenko, 7 -- The creative midfielder-turned-defender showed a little rustiness and naivety at times, but on the whole his display picked up from where he left off when Fabian Delph came back from injury.

MF Fernandinho, 7 -- A brilliant finish to seal the game capped off his display, but the midfielder seemed a little below par at times. A number of through passes didn't find their target as he tried to force the issue -- but he was always thinking positively in possession.

MF Ilkay Gundogan, 7 -- The midfielder glided around the final third with panache, but struggled at times to properly influence the game. He was safe in possession, always finding a teammate.

MF Yaya Toure, 10 -- This isn't a mark solely for the midfielder's performance in this game. He was solid, if not spectacular against Brighton -- but this is the culmination of eight years' service at the Etihad. He's been behind all of the crucial moments in the Sheikh Mansour era, scoring vital goals along the way. Without the Ivorian, this club may possibly have never achieved anything near what it has, despite the money spent. It was a very fitting send off at full-time, a very emotional end to a wonderful story, and Toure has written himself into City's history as one of the best. He'll be remembered as a true icon. If only his chance towards the end could have found the net.

MF Bernardo Silva, 8 -- Over the course of his debut season, the Portugal international has shown himself to be a very handy player. Once again, he used the ball well and caused the opposition plenty of problems. His finish to break the scoring record was easy on the eye, too.

MF Leroy Sane, 9 -- Three assists for the winger mark an excellent performance. He danced his way through the box several times and was close to getting himself on the scoresheet -- he'll have to settle for setting up each of City's strikes instead.

FW Gabriel Jesus, 7 -- There was no shortage of effort from the striker, but the ball just didn't seem to bounce right for him. He didn't get many chances to shoot, but he seemed content to put the work rate in for the team.


DF Benjamin Mendy, NR -- Replacing Zinchenko after 76 minutes, the defender put some delightfully dangerous balls into the box.

MF Brahim Diaz, NR -- There was a good chance for his first Premier League goal late on after he was swapped in for Jesus with seven minutes left -- but it was blocked en route to goal.

FW Lukas Nmecha, NR -- The striker's introduction allowed the Toure procession to begin on 86 minutes. He barely touched the ball -- but the focus was all on the man he replaced.

David Mooney is ESPN FC's Manchester City blogger. Twitter: @DavidMooney


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