Here we look at the standout players of the Christmas encounters in the Premier League
Goal Keeper & Defence
The Manchester City custodian has been criticised in recent weeks for not matching up to Manuel Pellegrini’s expectations, and also has fans and the press thinking that he is one of the most overrated players in world football, and at times, he is. But that is the fault of the press in the first place, and the England international may have a tough time rebuilding his reputation, but if he picks up where he left off after a solid game against Liverpool, it should be an easy enough journey, should Pellegrini not seek to replace him in January.
A player who is really showing his worth this season, Mathieu Debuchy is finally showing us all what we knew he was capable off with another stellar performance against Stoke City. Solid defensively and also an constant and consistent attacking threat, Bacary Sagna no longer looks like the best right back in England.
Another solid performance from the Southampton defender has his name written all over the signing of the season award. He came from Olympique Lyon, and we all know their European pedigree. Lovren is a champions League player, and could seek a big move in January.
A towering display against high-flying Liverpool, the Manchester City captain dealt with Luis Suarez incredibly well and kept him out in vital moments. Manchester City may be constantly criticised for their lopsided squad, giving all of their depth and prowess in midfield and attack, and their defensive frailty, but with Kompany, there is at least a shining light.
A performance which should stake his name as Manchester City’s starting left back, Aleksandar Kolarov played a solid game all over the pitch against Liverpool and was a candidate for man of the match. The former Lazio man is of interest to Juventus and Galatasaray, so Pellegrini must make his mind up quickly, or risk losing him.