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Class doesn't just come from experience - Man City v Preston post match review.

Manchester City have earned a well deserved 2-0 at the Academy stadium against Preston North End, with goals from Riyad Mahrez and Samuel Endozie.

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Riyad Mahrez struck first in the 25th minute with a free kick into the roof of the net, the goalkeeper saw the ball too late and before he knew it, it was in the back of the net. The game then continued with touches of class from academy players like Morgan Rodgers and Cole Palmer with agile dribbling similar to city legend David Silva. Joao Cancelo also impressed with inch perfect passes and deliveries threatening to the opposition, he particularly linked up well with Mahrez and Ben Knight who's speed proved a menace for the Preston defence.

The second half saw Manchester City make 10 straight changes to the line up with Zack Steffen left in net and injury prone Sandler taking the arm band. The keeper was very sharp the whole game reading decisions and shots perfectly. The midfield of the second half gave city a charging force into Prestons half with Pep's ball carrying midfield clearly being instituted at academy level that of which Claudio Gomes controlled and commanded like a senior player. The second goal came from Samuel Endozie with the skilful assist provided by James Mcatee. City keeper Cieran Slicker also took a nasty knock with the player being stretchered off, we were gladly informed by Pep Guardiola that he will hopefully be okay.


Steffen - 8.5

Dias - 8.0

Ake - 8.0

Cancelo - 8.5

Mendy - 8.0

Fernandinho - 8.5

Pozo - 7.5

Palmer - 9.0

Mahrez - 8.5

Rogers - 8.0

Knight - 8.5

Slicker - 7 (didn't have much to judge on)

Sandler - 8.0

Smith - 7.5

Burns - 7.5

Couto - 8.0

Roberts - 7.5

Gomes - 8.0

Mcatee - 8.5

Bolton - 7.5

Moreno - 8.0

Edozie - 8.5

Written by Mason Smith

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