Haaland, De Bruyne and Cancelo dominate early season stats

Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and Joao Cancelo each lead two of the early season statistics categories.

The lists, provided by Opta and taking into account all competitions played so far, include goals, assists and tackles, along with five other top threes.

The Blues have made a superb start to the 2022/23 season, winning seven and drawing two in the nine games played so far.

Pep Guardiola’s men have scored 29 goals in that spell, conceding just seven.

There are contributions from all departments, and City players also dominate many of the Premier League’s top 10 stat lists.

Here are the top three players in each category for our campaign so far…

Goals

Erling Haaland – 14

Phil Foden – 3

Julien Alvarez – 3

No surprise to see Haaland far ahead after his incredible start to life as a Manchester City player.

He’s scored a fraction less than half of all our goals to date, with Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden each with three goals so far.

It gives a glimpse of how City’s attack has changed this campaign, with goals from previous seasons largely shared by the starting XI.

It’s early days and other players will add to their tally as they go, but Haaland has added a devastating new dimension to our attack.

Aids

Kevin De Bruyne – 8

Bernard – 3

João Cancelo – 3

Kevin De Bruyne has picked up where he left off last season – and the season before, and the season before!

To have already assisted eight goals is already quite impressive, even by his standards.

The Belgian has provided some sumptuous crosses this campaign and has agreed an immediate deal with Haaland – like many of our creative midfielders.

Portuguese duo Bernardo and Cancelo each provided three assists, with both making excellent starts to the season.

Blows

Erling Haaland – 40 years old

Kevin De Bruyne – 26 years old

Rodrigo – 16

No surprise to see Haaland top the list with his 40 shots, which means he’s averaging a little better than four per game.

De Bruyne is not far behind with 26, while Rodrigo takes third place with 16 shots so far.

pass

Rodrigo – 863

João Cancelo – 813

Rubén Dias – 759

Spain international Rodrigo tops the assists list as things stand.

Our anchor midfielder is ahead of the equally influential Cancelo, and Dias isn’t far behind – illustrating where many of our advances begin.

Passing accuracy

John Stones – 96.4%

Nathan Ake – 94.7%

Manuel Akanji – 94.6%

If you play for a Guardiola team, your passing ability must be superb.

If you’re a defender in a Guardiola team, your passing needs to be nearly flawless – and this trio have been somewhere near that benchmark so far.

The City boss will be delighted to see Stones, Ake and Akanji top this group, as it means his philosophy of playing from the back with confidence and precision is demonstrated week after week by the whole team – and in particular our defenders.

It also underlines what a wise signing Akanji – just three games into his City career – has been.

Chances Created

Kevin De Bruyne – 39

Ilkay Gundogan – 19

Bernard – 15

De Bruyne’s creativity and vision are on full display again with 39 chances created so far.

Ilkay Gundogan has also provided 19 excellent chances for his teammates, while the always productive Bernardo has created 15 chances so far.

Tackles

Joao Cancelo – 20

Bernard – 13

Rodrigo – 13

It’s not just about scoring goals and creating them – any successful team will attest to that.

There is work to be done to keep the opposition at bay and Cancelo’s 20 tackles top this particular category.

As a defender you might expect him to be close to the top, but the fact that Bernardo is second with 13 – as well as being on the list of chances created – shows the value of our tireless midfielder of Portuguese land.

Rodrigo also reappears, also with 13 tackles.

interceptions

Joao Cancelo – 15

Ruben Dias – 10

Rodrigo – 9

Preventing counter-attacks, crosses into our box or breaking up play – intercepting the opposition before they can hurt you is key for any team that presses high and sees as much possession as City.

Cancelo’s value is underlined again with 15 key interceptions so far, with Dias (10) and Rodrigo (9) once again leading in another of our top three categories.

Clean sheets

Ederson- 5

Ederson is our only goalkeeper to have played in Premier League and Champions League appearances so far, with the Brazilian recording a shutout in five of his nine appearances.

The three-time Golden Glove winner also tops the Premier League goalkeeping list with four clean sheets to date.

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