With the disappointing result at the weekend still fresh in the mind of players and fans alike, Pep Guardiola’s men headed to Dinamo Zagreb with top spot in Group C already secured. Whilst the game wasn’t important in regards to progression to the next round, the Blues put in an excellent performance and cruised to a 4-1 victory following an early scare.
Here’s how we rated the players’ performances in Zagreb…
Claudio Bravo – 6.5
The Chilean was unable to prevent Dani Olmo’s brilliant early opener and had little to do as Manchester City cruised to victory.
Benjamin Mendy – 9
Mendy caused havoc with his dangerous crosses and recovered the ball well when required. The Frenchman was involved in the build-up to Manchester City’s second goal, before providing a beautiful cross to tee-up the third.
Eric Garcia – 7.5
Garcia was caught out of position for Dinamo’s opener; however, the youngster was impressive in possession and generally defended well, but his lack of physical prowess looked to be a potential liability.
Nicolás Otamendi (C) – 8
Aside from the occasional rash challenge, the Argentine defended well throughout the game as he wore the captains armband for the first time.
Joao Cancelo – 7.5
Cancelo had one of his better performances of the season so far, and looked good both defensively and going forward. Cancelo’s performances have been improving whenever he is afforded consistent game-time.
Rodri – 7.5
Rodri played well in Zagreb and anchored the midfield excellently in what was yet another impressive performance by the Spaniard. Rodri was also the recipient of a rather brutal and arguably intentional elbow to the face, however, and quite shockingly, the event wasn’t even looked at by the VAR according to some reports.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
The German midfielder did a great job of linking the defence with the attack in what was yet another under-appreciated performance. However, Gundogan was occasionally poor in possession but fortunately, his mistakes weren’t capitalised on by the Croatian side.
Phil Foden – 9.5 (MOTM)
Foden’s 50th appearance in a Manchester City shirt may well have been his best yet. He carried the ball excellently throughout the game, whilst his attitude and perseverance was second-to-none. Foden’s link-up play with Mendy and Jesus was wonderful, and his involvement on the left-side of midfield was reminiscent of a young David Silva. Foden also slotted home late in the game, to cap off what was a fantastic performance.
Bernardo Silva – 7.5
The Portuguese international assisted Foden’s late goal with a lovely lay-off and Silva generally played well throughout the game.
Gabriel Jesus – 9
Our number nine scored Manchester City’s equaliser with a solid header, before scoring two goals early in the second half to secure his third hat-trick for the club. Jesus’ movement on and off-the-ball was effective, whilst his link-up play with Foden and Mendy was also excellent.
Riyad Mahrez – 7.5
The Algerian provided an excellent, well-weighted cross for Jesus’ opener to level the game, with Mahrez enjoying another solid Champions League outing.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (on for Gabriel Jesus 66’) – 7
Zinchenko looked lively following his introduction and didn’t put a foot wrong during his time on the pitch. His return from a knee injury will be a welcome boost to an already depleted Manchester City defence.
Raheem Sterling (on for Rodri 73’) – 7
With the game effectively over, it was rather unexpected to see Sterling being brought on in the second-half, but the England international played well following his introduction.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis (on for Nicolas Otamendi 82’) – 7
The youngster looked solid during his brief time on the pitch and made an important block to prevent Dani Olmo’s well-struck shot from finding the back of the net.
Unused Substitutes: Carson, Angelino, Walker, De Bruyne
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