On a, quite frankly, mental evening of Champions League football, the City fans brought the noise to lift their team to a victory on the night. However, that first leg defeat brought City’s hunt for the Quadruple (or Quintuple if you like) to an end.
Here’s how we ranked the players in a Champions League game that will live long in the memory of neutrals…
Ederson – 6
Excluding the 3 goals, Ederson didn’t have much to do, apart from closing Son down well in the second half, and making a couple of decent stops. The first goal by Spurs could be put down to his mistake, as he seemed to second guess where it might be heading.
Kyle Walker – 7
Walker has had his critics all season, due to some mixed performances. Tonight he started to look like the attacking force he was signed to be, regularly breaking at pace, drawing fouls and causing Danny Rose all kinds of issues with Bernardo Silva.
Vincent Kompany – 7
Vincent Kompany doesn’t need to justify his selection in the big games to anyone, and despite looking slightly off the pace when Spurs broke quickly, he was a rock throughout the night. Nullifying the threat that Llorente posed when he entered the fray, and making a crucial tackle on Son Heung-min in the second half, showed he is still the man to rely on.
Aymeric Laporte – 5
Aymeric Laporte has looked colossal all season at the back, being the mainstay of an ever-changing defence. Two uncharacteristic lapses in concentration allowed Son to strike twice in the opening ten minutes, before losing Fernando Llorente for the crucial third goal. Not his best night at all.
Benjamin Mendy – 7
Despite his repeated injury troubles, it’s easy to forget how valuable an asset Mendy can be down that left hand side. Offering valuable support down the left flank to Raheem Sterling, as well as matching everything Spurs threw down his side. Hopefully he can put his woes behind him and continue to improve as the season comes to an end.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
A slow first half performance suggested Gundogan might not be up to the occasion. However, when chasing a goal, Ilkay turned it on, playing those intricate passes to break down defences, and linking up nicely with Kevin De Bruyne. He unfortunately missed a glorious chance that looked easier to score just before added time.
Kevin De Bruyne – 10
When you need a man to step up on the big stage, step forward Kevin De Bruyne. Playing like a man possessed at times, KDB put in a performance of the ages – not for the first time. Laying 3 goals on for teammates and causing Spurs problems all evening, De Bruyne was a one man army at times, only for City to just fall short at the end.
David Silva – 6
Once again, one of Merlin’s more reserved performances in the middle. A few misplaced passes in the final third, as well as probably the worst corner you’re likely to see, summed up his evening. Being replaced by Fernandinho after the fourth goal looked like it may have been pre planned, due to the result or his performance is anyone’s guess.
Bernardo Silva – 8
It’s no surprise that Bernardo was back in the side tonight, after missing out against Palace. As to be expected, Bernardo was bang up for from the off, hassling players and taking up dangerous positions all evening. It’s clear to see why Pep favours him on the big occasions, when he looks as potent as this.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Sergio looked quiet during the first half, with not a lot seeming to come off for him. A resurgent second half followed, with Sergio driving at defences and finishing clinically after a beautifully weighted KDB pass. He played a crucial part in the disallowed goal, setting up Sterling well, before being correctly ruled offside in the build up.
Raheem Sterling – 9
Oh what could have been. Two fantastic goals from Raheem, before a third looked to be sending City through to the semis, before VAR ruled it out for offside. Just like Bernardo on the right, Raheem caused Trippier problems all night, and looked deadly every time he got on the ball.
Fernandinho – 6
Coming on right after the fourth goal to protect the lead, Ferna did what he had to do in the middle of the park. A foul that ultimately led to the goal looked very harsh indeed.
Leroy Sane – N/A
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