Manchester City won a tense and difficult Carabao Cup final on penalties after a 0-0 stalemate at Wembley on Sunday.
Here’s how we rated the players…
Ederson – 7
Even with all of Chelsea’s attacks, Ederson didn’t end up having much to do today. He made a fingertip stop late on in regulation time from a Willian free kick but otherwise wasn’t busy. All he needed was to be solid and commanding, and he managed it. However, he saved the opening penalty from Jorginho, which proved decisive a few minutes later.
Kyle Walker – 6
Lost Hazard a bit too often, although the winger’s central position meant this wasn’t always Kyle’s fault. Offered little going forward – I suspect Pep told him to hang back. The mistakes crept in later in the game, as they often do – which is still by far Walker’s biggest weakness.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Otamendi was a major threat in Chelsea’s box on several occasions but failed to convert. His low point came at the end of the first half when he very nearly scored a disastrous own goal. The high point was a superb tackle on the dangerous Hazard not long after half-time. A good second half saw him finish the match as our best defender.
Aymeric Laporte – 6
Had an uncharacteristically shaky start to his first ever League Cup game and came off early due to injury. Some bad mistakes were made, which is nothing like what we’re used to from the Frenchman. With that said, City looked far stronger with him on the pitch than without. Make of that what you will…
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7 (Man of the Match)
For a makeshift left-back, Zinchenko was superb. He made plenty of important and difficult tackles and, although he wasn’t allowed to come forward too much, was tidy on the ball. He faced Pedro and Hudson Odoi, and did just fine against both where plenty of natural fullbacks and older players may have struggled. He even won more tackles than Kanté!
Fernandinho – 7
I thought Fernandinho had a very solid game. What struck me was his long passing, an attribute that is incredibly underrated in his game. Those arial balls kept Chelsea guessing and gave us another dimension. We missed him when he went off injured and will continue to miss him until he returns.
Kevin De Bruyne – 5
I was surprised to see both De Bruyne and David Silva start this game given the poor recent form of both. De Bruyne was sloppy with his offensive passing, overhitting almost everything, but much tighter at the back, helping his defence by providing options. All in all, this was a really disappointing showing.
David Silva – 5
Even though Silva isn’t at his best, his ability to find space between the lines is a very useful asset. Chelsea didn’t seem to know how to mark him and he kept them worried for long stretches of the game, despite his on-the-ball work being well below par. He improved in the second half, but is still a way off top form.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Sterling grew into the game, displaying some brilliant passing abilities throughout. Although I would have liked to see Sané start on the left, Sterling is undroppable at the moment because he scares defenders. Today he was the most threatening attacker and, of course, scored an excellent penalty to win it for City.
Sergio Aguero – 6
Almost scored a worldie half-volley after controlling on his chest and had a few other chances in the tense first half. Aguero is a player who needs those arounds him to make chances and they simply didn’t today. He chose to shoot very late on and it was the wrong decision as Kepa saved his mediocre effort. His penalty wasn’t great either – but it went in, so who cares?
Bernardo Silva – 7
For my money, Bernardo was our best player tonight. He played several inviting crosses into the box and his technique is exquisite to watch. On the other hand, I’ve barely ever seen an attacking midfielder make so many tackles and defensive runs. He will never have the goal or assist output of Messi but he’s the closest thing City have had in a long time. Scored a good penalty.
Vincent Kompany- 6
We looked shaky from the moment Kompany came on but not all the blame can be pinned on him. He led the team as well as ever.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6
Not the best cameo from Gundogan but he could hardly do worse than Silva and De Bruyne – and didn’t. He scored his penalty though, and you’d have put your house on it…
Leroy Sané – 6
We needed to see more from Leroy after he came on late in normal time. It wasn’t his best outing and his penalty was saved.
Danilo – 6
Probably didn’t expect to come on but I thought Danilo did quite well under the circumstances.
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