Manchester City secured qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the seventh season running, in a generally dull affair at the Etihad. Ilkay Gundogan fired home the opening goal nearly an hour into the game before Manor Solomon equalled the scores 13 minutes later. The game, as well as the performance from City, was underwhelming, to say the least, with very few chances created by either team.
Here are the ratings for Pep Guardiola’s men after they secured top spot in Group C.
Ederson – 6
The Brazilian wasn’t too busy tonight, aside from the leveller, which would have been hard to save, and the blunder in the first half. The keeper sprinted out to clear a forward pass only to miss the ball entirely and would have conceded a rather humiliating goal if it wasn’t for Fernandinho’s terrific block.
João Cancelo – 4.5
The right-back put in a disappointing performance overall, highlighted by his woeful crossing throughout the match.
Fernandinho – 6.5
Generally, not the Brazilian’s best performance. Obviously, he is a different player in his natural midfield role and shouldn’t be propping up our defence – it’s still important to recognize how well he is doing in an unnatural position, however. His best moment was definitely his fantastic sliding goal-line block to save Ederson’s blushes in the first half.
Nicolas Otamendi – 5
A relatively poor performance from the defender. He did, however, have the most shots out of the whole team tonight. But that says more about the overall display than Otamendi’s individual game.
Angeliño – 5
The young Spaniard didn’t do a whole lot of bad but didn’t do much of the opposite either. We’ll need to see a lot better from Angeliño if he wants to consistently start for Guardiola’s side.
Rodri – 7
Certainly one of the better players on the night, Rodri retained the ball well and should be fairly pleased with himself.
Kevin de Bruyne – 6
Not at his best. Because of his sheer ability, we did see some moments of quality, and he was one of our stronger players. But overall, we’ve seen more from the Belgian in the past.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6
Yet again, starting Gundogan in the number eight role didn’t produce any magic. He did well to notch the opening goal, but you can’t help but think he didn’t work alongside Rodri as well as, say, Phil Foden would have done.
Raheem Sterling – 5
The winger’s form seems to be drifting slightly, and he wasn’t the same player tonight as he was in recent weeks. A couple of half-chances for the Englishman doesn’t save his rating tonight.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Bernardo always looks lively, but he wasn’t at the races tonight, to say the least. He linked up well with De Bruyne at times, but he never threatened to create any big chances.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
Jesus did set up Gundogan’s goal, but aside from that you largely forgot he was playing. He wasn’t really in the game at all and gave away possession a few too many times.
Phil Foden – 7
He should have started. The youngster looked very lively when he came on with 10 minutes to spare, despite giving up the ball once or twice
David Silva – 6
Nothing special really came from El Mago’s boots tonight, much like a lot of his teammates.
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