A top-class first half saw Manchester City cruise past visitors Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. A Nicolas Otamendi opener was followed by a Sergio Aguero brace to get the Blues into the Quarter Finals for the third year running. Here’s how we rated the players…
Claudio Bravo – 7
Will be frustrated to lose his clean sheet on a night where he was rarely threatened, but pulled off smart saves almost every time he had to.
Angeliño – 7
A heavily involved night for the left-back, who went off with an injury late on. His crossing is already superb at a young age.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7.5
The General put City ahead with a rare goal. Watching Nico celebrate is always a treat but I can’t give him higher because he was beaten a few times by Saints forwards.
Eric García – 7
Another suitably assured performance from the young man who looks to have a bright future.
Kyle Walker – 7.5
Showed the attacking threat he can have, perhaps inspired by the threat of losing his place to Joao Cancelo, by providing a superb cross for the second goal.
Tommy Doyle- 7
A pretty impressive first senior start for Doyle, who looked confident as you can expect and didn’t let his inexperience show. Put some of the senior Southampton lads to shame.
Phil Foden- 7
More minutes for Foden is never bad news, but this wasn’t a performance he’ll remember for long. He was by no means poor or even mediocre, but the magic he can produce at his best wasn’t there.
Bernardo Silva – 8
Came up with a magical cross for the opening goal and was generally silky on the ball all night. Midfield is still where he belongs, for me.
Gabriel Jesus – 7
Out of his usual position, Jesus was confident and dangerous all night. More so than Aguero, he possesses the footwork skills to play out wide.
Sergio Aguero – 9 (Man of the Match)
Aguero’s poaching abilities were on full show as he bagged two close-range goals to secure the win. A great game from the Argentine on his 350th Manchester City appearance.
Riyad Mahrez – 7
Assisted the final Manchester City goal and would have benefitted from the presence of De Bruyne or David Silva. Not his best but not bad either.
Joao Cancelo – N/A
John Stones – N/A
Adrian Bernabe – N/A
All no real time to mark.
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