With all eyes on Paris Saint Germain’s visit to The Etihad on Wednesday, Manuel Pellegrini sent out a second rate team teething with players you wouldn’t expect will survive the Pep purge this summer.
And it showed, with many delivering half-baked performances against a stale West Brom team. It was only when the A-team rolled in late in the game did City really flick on the switch.
Here are my Player Ratings for City’s 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.
JOE HART – 5
A bit crap for the goal. Sure it came OUTTA NOWHERE and it was hit ridiculously hard but it reminded everyone of another black blot next to Joe Hart’s name: his near-post.
PABLO ZABALETA – 7
Did relatively well against James McClean and limited trouble as much as he could for a player who’s quite possibly the slowest full-back in the entire league now. His legs are clearly going and another summer of international football is the last thing he needs.
NICOLAS OTAMENDI – 6
I don’t actually remember him do anything good or bad so I’m just gonna give him a six.
ELIAQUIM MANGALA – 6
Again, pretty much the same thing. Grappled well with Salomon Rondon, hit a few wayward passes but coped well in the air.
ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV – 6
Aleks is quite regularly a disaster defensively. He is just so slow and clunky. For some reason today he found himself in central areas, attempting to get shots on goal or trying to create chances he should be leaving to the other players. Where he gets his confidence from I just don’t know.
JESUS NAVAS – 5
Another serial ‘okay’ performer in this squad is Jesus Navas. He worked diligently to try and protect Zabaleta but offered little going forward and for some reason was insistent on hitting (good, I must say) crosses into the box when absolutely no-one was there.
FERNANDO – 5
An abject performance after his heroics (and relapse) in Paris earlier this week. He’s clearly not suited to a midfield two and such is his limited ability on the ball, he’s much better off with a third midfielder or players ahead of him who can carry the ball.
FABIAN DELPH – 7
A decent game from Fabian Delph on his Premier League return. He was signed for games like these and he ran around a lot… and stuff. I’m not really a fan and it’s quite difficult seeing Pep keeping him around unless he drastically improves the rest of his game. And actually uses his right-foot.
SAMIR NASRI – 8 (Man of the Match)
A really top performance from The Fresh Prince of Marseille. Sure he probably takes one too many touches on the ball (he’s evidently not fully fit yet) but he controlled the game and everything went through him. Considering he was surround by a lot of average footballers like Aleks Kolarov, I thought he did well to keep City on top until the big guns arrived. There’s no certainties as to who stays and who goes this summer but I’m going to be really sad if that happens to be his last goal in a City shirt.
WILFRIED BONY – 4
Wilfried Bony, thanks for the memori- assisting Raheem Sterling’s winner against Borussia Monchengladbach, but it’s time to say goodbye.
SERGIO AGUERO – 6
Oh Sergio. If you had been any other player I would’ve probably given you a seven or even an eight but you’re Kun Aguero and being just decent is beneath you. I honestly can’t remember the last time you had a great game and I dread to think the injuries are catching up with you. Please bury PSG and my fears next week. xxx
YAYA TOURE – 6
Came on late with De Bruyne and added some #zip to our play.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE – 7
Arguably the star of this team right now, Kevin came on and proved to be an instant catalyst in helping set-up Nasri’s winner. He’s been great since he came back and we’re going to need him at his best on Wednesday.
GAEL CLICHY – N/A
Replaced a limping Aguero in the dying seconds.
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