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Celtic 3-3 Manchester City (Champions League): Player Ratings

Claudio Bravo – 6

Not at fault for any of the goals and kept the score down with a great reaction save from a Kolo Toure effort. Good distribution with both hands and feet with one memorable long through ball that nearly had Sergio through on goal.

Pablo Zabaleta – 5

I lost track with how many times he left space available down our right hand side against BMG and Celtic exploited it with their second goal. Improved in the second half, always offering himself as an outlet and driving forwards but I felt he was often getting in Sterling’s space.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 4

Surprisingly seemed to be one of the only players keeping his head in the first 10 minutes, but that was all he managed. Absolute shambles of a miss kick for Celtic’s 3rd goal. Looked a little more comfortable when playing out wide but this was a Kolarov of old performance.

Nicolas Otamendi – 4

Had a very uncomfortable game and never really recovered from a poor opening 20 minutes which included the most speculative 45 yard strike I think I’ve ever seen. Lost possession too many times with wasteful long balls when alternative, simple balls were available but as with everyone, he improved as the second half went on.

Gael Clichy – 6

Did really well up against the pace of Forrest in the first half and really was out only defender winning his battles in a sloppy first half. He was decent in possession and linked up well with the midfield, keeping things simple and coming out of the first half with some credit.

Fernandinho – 4

Really good touch to control a Kolarov shot and then finished smartly into the corner of the net for our 1st equaliser. Aside from that, well, seemed to lose possession every time he had the ball and couldn’t even get close enough to the Celtic players to pick up a trademark booking. Looked like a highlights reel of all of Otamendi’s diving in antics and was bypassed way too easily for Celtic’s second goal.

Ilkay Gundogan – 6

Another player that suffered a nightmare opening 20 minutes. He seemed to be rustier than his debut, his touch was loose and committed a foul on the edge of the are leading to a dangerous free kick. Unlucky with a deflected opportunity right at the end of the second half after improving somewhat to help gain a hold on the midfield and drive forwards but often held onto the ball for too long.

David Silva – 6

Looked absolutely lost in the first half both going forwards and backwards until he played a well weighted through ball for Raheem to run onto and finish. Came out well in the second half and looked more comfortable, managed to find the space he likes to operate in and began to dictate play until being pushed out wide with Nolito’s departure.

Nolito – 5

Kept his shape out wide at all times which led to him being able to capitalise on Gordon’s parry from Sergio’s effort to finish tidily for our 3rd equaliser. Seemed to lose the ball every time he had it and slowed the pace of the attacks down a little too often. Replaced by Fernando and was lucky to last past the hour before coming off.

Raheem Sterling – 9 (Man of the Match)

When all around him were short of ideas it was Raheem that kept his head and his confidence in a difficult atmosphere. Glided past players at will and always looked a threat when taking players on or crossing into the middle. Brilliant run for the 2nd goal and finished it so cooly after brilliant skill to stop and change direction rapidly. Looked hungry for the winner in the second half, was always offering himself as an option and was looking to get at Celtic and hurt them with his runs at their defence and his good link up play with Silva and Zaba.

Sergio Aguero – 6

Left really isolated for the majority of the game and had to sniff out his own chances including one driving run in the first half. Good link up play with Silva for the 3rd goal but was left frustrated when a good headed opportunity was blocked late on after never really getting the breaks or many shooting opportunities.

Subs:

John Stones – 6

Came on at the point of the game where it was only City really posing a threat on goal. Looked calm on the ball and mopped up a couple of situations really well, made some penetrating cross field balls and looked to move the ball quicker and more effectively than either Otamendi or Kolarov had done.

Fernando – 6

As seems to be the case at the moment, Fernando came on to deliver a real needed sense of stability in the middle of the pitch. Managed to win a lot of the balls that had been passing Fernandinho by most of the game and was able to move the ball around quickly and effectively, notably to Zabaleta to play a cross in right at the end.

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