Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea scored 5 goals in their second consecutive game at the Stamford Bridge as they knocked out a relatively young Manchester City side in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. Pellegrini’s youngsters started the game positively but 2 goals in 5 minutes early in the second half put the game to bed even before the home side added another two.
Here are the player ratings for both the teams:
The Belgian was rarely tested in front of goal on a comfortable night as he couldn’t do much to stop the equalizer.
Was consistent in defense as he stayed solid at the back but could not help his team in the final third.
Took a number of blows to the face but stayed tall against the City attacks and also got himself a goal with a thumping volley.
Found it hard against he youth of Manchester City’s attack as he found it hard to mark the likes of Iheanacho in an un-familiar central defensive position.
Baba Rahman (3):
Seemed to be enjoying his outing as he made a number of forward runs to help his team in the final third and also stayed compact at the back.
A man of the match performance from the Spaniard as he pulled the strings in the mid-field for Chelsea and created a number of chances for his side.
Improved vastly under Hiddink as he looked energetic in the middle and liked up well with Fabregas to keep the Chelsea mid-field fluid all game.
Was back to his best making a number of runs behind the Manchester City defense. Was unlucky to have not scored a goal on the night.
Was not as much as an influence he has been this season yet got himself a goal early in the second half.
Scored just his second goal of the season with a superb free kick and also looked lively for most of the game setting up a number of chances for his side.
Scored the opening goal with the simplest of the headers and also put in a shift in the final third for the home side.
Missed a penalty late in the game but was generally smart on the ball in the final quarter of the game.
Impressed since coming on as a late substitute and also got himself a goal with a looping header.
Came into the game too late to have any kind of an impact.
An inconsistent performance as he looked shaky at the back and should and have done a lot more to stop atleast 3 of the Chelsea goals.
Hardly found himself attacking in the final third as he penned back by the Chelsea front line and found it hard to deal with them consistently.
Looked calm and composed every time in possession of the ball and looked strong defensively in one of the only positives for the Citizens from this game.
Though he was the senior, Demichelis found it hard to keep up with the home side’s quality as he was often caught out defensively. Also gave away a cheap penalty in the second half.
Made a number of forward runs to no avail and was caught out a number of times at the back as the full back had not so good a day at the back.
Couldn’t provide the cover for his back four and was also lethargic in possession not helping his team in setting up quick attacks.
Looked bright when on the ball but hardly got a chance to show his talent as the homes side dominated most of the game.
Hardly had possession of the ball in the middle but showed off his composure every chance he got even as Chelsea dominated the game.
Troubled the Chelsea defense even in the dying minutes but couldn’t do much with hardly any quality to play around.
Another youngster who impressed for City, Faupala was aggressive and got the only goal for the visitors but needs to work on his positioning if he wants to nail an starting place at the Etihad.
Looked lively in his time in the middle but came on too late to have any impact on the game.
Pellegrini stood to his plan and gave some precious minutes to another youngster who came in just a few minutes before the final whistle.