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Numbers game: City pass masters

FERNANDIN-OH!: The Brazilian wheels away in celebration

FERNANDIN-OH!: The Brazilian wheels away in celebration

Manager Pep Guardiola prides himself on his sides’ precise control of possession.

With that in mind, who are the pass masters in the City ranks so far this season?

We’ve already looked at assist leaders, top scorers and most minutes played, so let’s round off our stats mini-series with the players who help keep Pep’s team purring.

Most passes made - City's top five:

Fernandinho 450

Aleks Kolarov 404

John Stones 381

David Silva 371

Nicolas Otamendi 359

City's ability to play the ball out from the back is borne out by the fact three defenders make the top five, with Fernandinho performing a crucial pivot role at the base of the midfield. The Brazilian is also helped by playing every Premier League minute so far.

When it comes to through balls, Silva is top of the City ranks with nine, second only to Alexis Sanchez (13) in the Premier League.

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Kevin De Bruyne – our assist leader – ranks highly in this category as you might expect with five.

De Bruyne tops the City crossing charts with 37, which places him 11th highest in the league.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has made 185 passes - at an average of 46 passes per game – which puts him fourth in the league in his position despite only four appearances made.

Fernandinho breakdown

450 Passes completed

168 Forward passes

87% pass success rate

65 Average passes per game

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