After drawing 0-0 at The John Smith’s Stadium, Pep Guardiola didn’t want to take any chances in this FA Cup replay, naming a very strong team for the visit of Huddersfield. Despite an initial scare, it was a comprehensive 5-1 victory for the Blues, which will see them visit Middlesbrough in the quarter finals.
Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the performances of City’s players.
Claudio Bravo – 5
Brought back into the starting line-up having been dropped for the visit of Monaco, Claudio Bravo did little to improve his reputation amongst City’s fans. He was at fault for Huddersfield’s opening goal, allowing Harry Bunn’s low shot past him when he ought to have saved it. He did make an important save from Jack Payne later in the half, and his distribution was good, but there are still major question marks over his shot-stopping ability.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7
Pablo maybe should have been quicker to get out to Harry Bunn when Huddersfield scored, but redeemed himself when he converted Sergio Aguero’s pass across the box into an empty net.
John Stones – 6.5
Stones had the opposite problem to Zabaleta when it came to Huddersfield’s opener, as he was perhaps too hasty in getting out to Huddersfield’s player, dragging Zabaleta out of position in the process as he had to cover the space. It was similar to his role in Jermain Defoe’s equaliser on the opening day of the season.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
After his shambolic display against Monaco, Otamendi looked much more assured at the heart of defence, albeit against far worse opposition.
Gael Clichy – 6.5
A mixed bag from Clichy today. He made a number of surging runs but his final ball was poor most of the time, while he perhaps should have done better in the build-up to Harry Bunn’s goal.
Aleix Garcia – 7.5
Garcia has been named in City’s match-day squad quite often this season, but hasn’t had all that much game time. Therefore it came as no surprise that he looked off the pace early on. He played at the base of midfield in Yaya’s pivot role, but looked overloaded when Huddersfield came forward. He did grow into the game, however, and showed glimpses of his superb passing ability. He needs to be playing more regularly though, and would perhaps benefit from a loan move.
Fernandinho – 6.5
Having been ineffective in the first leg of this fixture, Fernandinho was surprisingly played in a more advanced role again. Just like at the John Smith’s Stadium, he failed to offer much going forward, and seemed quite slow to get back into position when City didn’t have the ball.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
Kevin worked hard over the 90 minutes, but his decision-making in the final third wasn’t good enough tonight, nor was his final ball. Not quite at his best, but still a solid performance.
Raheem Sterling – 8
Another great performance from Raheeem, epitomised by his part in Segio Aguero’s second goal and City’s fourth. Opposition defenders haven’t been able to live with him recently and tonight was no different as he came away with two assists.
Leroy Sané – 7.5
Sané looked bright all game, and did well to get into the right position to tap in Raheem Sterling’s low cross to equalise for City. His touch and decision-making let him down a couple of times, but it was a good performance from the German overall.
Sergio Aguero – 8.5 (Man of the Match)
Sergio built upon his incredibly encouraging performance against Monaco with another one tonight, scoring two goals and grabbing an assist. Without wanting to jinx it – he looks back to his best.
Fabian Delph – 6.5
Replaced De Bruyne on the hour mark and helped to consolidate City’s lead.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 7
He has hardly featured since Gabriel Jesus arrived, but Kelechi got back onto the pitch tonight as he replaced Sergio Aguero with about 15 minutes to go. He looked quite sloppy in possession but did what he does best with the last kick of the game, touching the ball into the far corner to make it 5-1 to the Blues.
Jesus Navas – 6.5
Replaced Leroy Sané and looked bright, supplying a couple of good passes and crosses.
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