Champions League: Manchester City Player Ratings Against Celtic
Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Celtic in their Champions League group stage clash this evening. The game meant little for either side, with City already guaranteed to progress as runners up and Celtic being eliminated from the competition prior to tonight’s game.
It was Celtic who took the lead through City loanee Patrick Roberts. The youngster weaved his way into the penalty area before firing past Willy Cabellero. It will undoubtedly been a strange experience scoring against his parent club.
City levelled through Kelechi Iheanacho. His classy finish will have eased the fears of any City fans who may have thought they would be left short upfront with Sergio Aguero’s suspension.
It had all the makings of a dead-rubber game, with neither side appearing particularly interested in going for the victory. The hard-work was already done for City, and their name will be in the draw for the next round.
Here is how the City players have been rated after yesterday’s dull draw.
Caballero – 7
Made two excellent first half saved from Dembele, even though one was incorrectly ruled academic by an offside flag, and produced another from Mackay-Steven late on. After Bravo’s recent displays in one-on-ones, he might make Pep think again.
Sagna – 6
Given the job of looking after the rookie Adarabioyo, and helping him police Dembele. Took a couple of painful blows but defended solidly, as he did when he reverted to right back after an hour.
Maffeo – 6
Steady and solid in defence, and maybe the fact he was focussing so much on that part of the job meant he was lacking a bit of confidence when he crossed the halfway line. Still, no complaints about his performance, at all.
Adarabioyo – 6
Given a harsh lesson by Dembele in the opening 20 minutes, exposed by two clever runs, but showed that he is a real learner by ensuring it didn’t happen again. Looks raw, naturally, but all the attributes are there in plenty.
Clichy – 4
Taken apart by Roberts on two occasions the first bringing that early goal, the second should have been a penalty – there are real question marks over whether he is good enough to play at City’s level these days.
Zabaleta – 8
After all these years, he turns out to be a powerhouse, inventive, box-to-box midfielder! Great run and pass should have brought Kelechi a second goal, and he was City’s most inventive and most solid midfield influence.
Fernando – 7
Sometimes moves the ball a little too slowly for a Pep team, but he brings defensive security and that was a necessity with a back four that was tacked together – he is a lot smarter on the ball than many give him credit for, as well.
Gundogan – 6
As the only true first-choice midfielder, more was expected of him, but he only sporadically showed his class and was forced deeper and deeper as the game went on. Looked to be playing in third gear, and who can blame him for that?
Nolito – 7
Terrific perceptive pass to pick out Iheanacho’s run for the first goal, and he enjoyed more of a playmaking role after so often being asked to hug the touchline this season. Was marginally offside when he thought he had tucked in City’ second.
Iheanacho – 7
The finish for the City equaliser was exceptional, it’s just a shame that he spurned what seemed to be a simpler chance laid on by Zabaleta a few minutes later. Made some smart runs, but didn’t get top-class service.
Sane – 7
His pace gave Celtic problems, some of his approach work was excellent, and that late free kick was very close. It is clear he has the talent to be a top-quality player, and you feel those parts are slowly coming together the more he plays – just needs time, and minutes on the field.
Navas – 6: (for Maffeo 61) gave City needed width.
Not used: Gunn, Stones, Angelino, Otamendi, Foden, Aguero
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