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Manchester City 1-1 Celtic: Player Ratings

With both Manchester City’s and Celtic’s fate already sealed, this game was almost completely meaningless. Thankfully we were treated to a free-flowing game of football between two sides that had nothing to lose, in the first half at least. Celtic perhaps had more clear cut chances, but Pep Guardiola’s second-string put in a decent performance, and the draw was probably a fair result. Let’s take a look at how City’s individual players performed.

Willy Caballero – 7

A mixed bag from Willy today. The Argentine stopper was quick off his line to remove the danger on a couple of occasions, making some good saves in the process but his distribution was shaky, and perhaps should have done better with Celtic’s opener.

Pablo Maffeo – 7

The young Spaniard turned in yet another assured performance today, looking comfortable in possession and doing his defensive duties well. Will surely remain in Guardiola’s thoughts as he tries to solve City’s full-back problem.

Bacary Sagna – 7

Looked like he may struggle after James Forrest’s explosive start to the match, but did well defensively throughout the game.

Tosin Adarabioyo – 6.5

Struggled with Moussa Dembele’s movement and physicality early on, allowing him a number of chances. Looked comfortable in possession, which will likely please Pep.

Gael Clichy – 5.5

Another really poor game from Clichy. The French defender was skinned by City loanee, Patrick Roberts on a number of occasions, and was certainly at fault for Celtic’s opener. He’s surely on borrowed time at the club, barring a drastic improvement.

Leroy Sané – 7

Sané was once again deployed in the unfamiliar role of left full-back and struggled for the most part. His end product was lacking and the German winger looked lost in a positional sense when the ball was in City’s half. He did however improve in the last twenty minutes of the game.

Pablo Zabaleta – 8

A very good performance from Zaba, as he returned to the position of central midfield for the first time since 2009. He played almost as a box-to-box midfielder and was influential in both halves of the pitch.

Fernando – 6.5

Sitting just in front of the defence, Fernando didn’t fulfil his role of ‘ball-winning midfielder’ very well. The Brazilian looked good in possession of the ball, but his short back-pass early in the first half almost cost the Blues dearly.

Ilkay Gundogan – 8 (Man of the Match)

Gundogan has been saving his best performances for the Champions League since he joined the club, and tonight was no exception. The German midfielder was classy in possession and provided a bright spark in the heart of midfield.

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Nolito – 7.5

The ferocious Spaniard looked excellent in the first half, drifting between the lines of Celtic’s midfield and defence, and setting up Iheanacho’s equaliser with a nicely weighted through ball. A solid performance from Nolito.

Kelechi Iheanacho – 7.5

Kelechi put in a good performance, highlighted by his superb finish in the 8th minute. One thing which worries many City fans is the Nigerian’s link-up play, but those worries were put to bed today, as Kelechi did a good job of linking midfield and attack.

Subs:

Jesus Navas – 7

After replacing Pablo Maffeo on the hour mark, Navas took over from his Spanish counterpart in the role of right wing-back, and did well. He provided a delightful cross which was finished by Nolito, but the goal was unfortunately ruled out for offside.

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