Manuel Pellegrini’s men took on the Spanish side Sevilla at the Etihad on Wednesday for a group match in the Champions League. Both teams started well and the game looked like a 1-1 draw until City’s Kevin de Bruyne scored a late winner for the hosts. City continued their winning run after a good match at the weekend and will be high on confidence.
Lets take a look at the player ratings for the Manchester City vs Sevilla game.
Joe Hart (3): Made some crucial saves at the right time as he was often tested with a weak performance by his back four.
Pablo Zabaleta (2.5): Was often over run down the flanks as he failed to provide the required amount of cover at the back.
Nicolas Otamendi (2.5): Struggled all day long with the clever movement by the away team. Should have done better to mark the goal scorer for Sevilla.
Eliaquim Mangala (2.5): Played Konoployanka onside for the first goal and was tested all day long. Made some crucial blocks and interceptions.
Bacary Sagna (2.5): Stretched pretty well by the Sevilla attackers as he looked out of position at times. Moved to the other flank in the second half and seemed to have settled down.
Fernandinho (2.5): Hardly provided any cover to the City back four as he was beaten far too easily. Played some good balls down the field to set City on the attacks.
Yaya Toure (3.5): Had a role in both of the City’s goals as he was oozing confidence in every run he made. Could have provided more in defense but a complete display in attacks.
Raheem Sterling (2.5): Used his pace to good effect initially but some wayward passes in the second half often let his team down.
Kevin De Bruyne (4): A solid performance up front as he always looked like making things happen when on the ball. Capped his stellar display with a late goal that gave his side all three points and a chance at qualification. Surely the Man of the Match on the day.
Jesus Navas (2.5): Played down the flank and used his pace to good extent. Put in some decent crosses but can contribute more to the attacks.
Wilfried Bony (2.5): In-effective and lonely up front as he failed to link up with the City mid-fielders. His goal came thanks to a deflection off Rami.
Vincent Kompany (3)
A Kolarov (2.5)
Sergio Rico (3): Had very little to do at the back as he was rarely tested by the home side. Could not do much with either of the goals that crept in.
Coke (3): Was shaky at the start against the likes of Sterling and de Bruyne but grew into the game and provided some great support in attacks.
Benoît Tremoulinas (3.5): His pace and presence of mind often got him past Zabaleta that left City exposed at the back. Un-lucky to not have ended on the winning side.
Adil Rami (3): Showed great composure and skill to keep City out of harms way. Was unlucky to have conceded the own goal.
Timothee Kolodziejczak (2.5): Generally solid at the back but should have done better with his positioning to stop the two goals from City.
Grzegorz Krychowiak (3): Stuck to his task precariously as he rarely gave the City attackers any space. Dived in too early as Toure burst into the box for City’s winner late on.
Vicente Iborra (2.5): Broke up play a number of times and provided cover for his back four. Could have closed de Bruyne down to stop the equalizer.
Ever Banega (3): Was smart and sly in possession as he more often than not found the right ball for his team mates. Was shockingly subbed early in the second half.
Vitolo (3): Was sharp on the counters as he troubled the City defense with his pace. Whipped in the cross that got the visitors their first goal.
Yevhen Konoplyanka (3.5): A brilliant all round performance as he almost scored a free-kick that hit the bar before actually scoring from Vitolo’s cross. Unlucky to end on the losing side on the day.
Kevin Gameiro (2): Had some great chances to put his team in front on number of occasions. His close range headers that missed the goal will haunt him for some time.
Mariano Ferreira (2.5)
Michael Krohn-Dehli (2.5)
Steven N’Zonzi (2.5)