Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Manchester City: Player Ratings
Manuel Pellegrini’s men had a torrid last 10 days where they have failed to build on their solid start to the season. But a trip to Germany was not a problem as they saw off Monchengladbach in a 2-1 victory in the Champions League group stage match. Aguero gave the visitors a late lead and all three points from this trip.
Here are the player ratings for this match:
Y Sommer (3.5): Made some very important saves right throughout the match but couldn’t do much with the goals that went in.
F Johnson (3): Was more than just good on the day with his tackles and troubled the City attackers but gave away the penalty with a silly challenge on Aguero and gave away all three points.
Alvaro Dominguez (3): Was solid at the back for large chunks of the game. Kept the likes of Aguero and Silva at bay.
O Wendt (3): An energetic performance as he showed the willingness to keep the pressure on the City players.
A Christensen (3): Was determined to keep City from scoring as he made a series of blocks and interceptions whenever required.
M Dahoud (3): Was an important part of Monchengladbach’s mid-field as he broke play up and set the attacking players on their way.
P Herrman (3.5): Troubled City in the midfield all night long and should have scored at least once with all the chances he got. Controlled the game to an extent.
G Xhaka (3): Stuck to his task and was comfortable in possession like all his teammates for the two-thirds of the match.
J Korb (3): Did brilliantly to set up the goal but was often outdone by the likes of Kolarov and Raheem Sterling.
L Stindl (3.5): Scorer of the only goal for the home side. Supported his strikers really well and will be unhappy to have ended on the losing side.
Raffael (3.5): Another impressive forward’s display as he played on the shoulder of the Centre backs and made runs in between the lines. Caused the city defenders a lot of headaches.
A Hahn (3)
H Nordtveit (3)
I Traore (3)
Joe Hart (4.5): Saved an early penalty and gave Manchester City plenty of shield in front of goal. Made 3 spectacular saves to keep his team in the game. A Man of the Match performance from the England Shot stopper.
Bacary Sagna (3): Was pushed back by the home team in the first half and made some mistakes. Grew into the game as it progressed.
Nicolas Otamendi (3): An eventful night as he gave away the penalty with a harsh call from the referee. Also scored the equalizer at the other end.
Martin Demichelis (3): Was sharp all night at the back and should have been credited with Otamendi’s goal.
Aleksandar Kolarov (3): Was slightly at fault for the only goal they conceded. But was full of energy down the flank at both ends of the field.
Yaya Toure (2.5): Was not too effective as he lay deep when under pressure from the home team. Taken off at the break as he was carrying a niggle.
Fernandinho (3.5): Provided much-needed assistance and solidarity to the City back four. Full of energy and running even in the later stages of the game.
Raheem Sterling (3): Provided the width needed down the left and used his pace effectively. Kept the home team’s defense on their toes.
David Silva (3.5): Played just over an hour but shoed his class and vision. Found some extra-ordinary passes breaking the home team’s defenses.
Kevin De Bruyne (3): Not effective down the flank and needs to try and put his head down when shooting from distance. Spilled some chances.
Sergio Aguero (3): Not his best day as his touch often led him down. But his spirit allowed him to win and score the late penalty and give City all three points.
Jesus Navas (3)
Pablo Zabaleta (3)
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