It was a frustrating night for the Blues, as they simply did not do enough to overcome a determined Stoke City side.
Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the performances of City’s players.
Willy Caballero – 7
No complaints about Caballero’s performance. He did what was required of him, including an early save from Mame Biram Diouf. Another clean sheet for the Argentine.
Bacary Sagna – 6.5
Dealt well with Stoke’s tricky winger, Ramadan Sobhi. Solid, but didn’t offer all that much going forward.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6.5
Aside from being bamboozled by Sobhi early on in the first half, Otamendi looked assured at the back. He made a number of clearing headers inside his own box and never looked troubled by either Jon Walters or Saido Berahino. Came inches away from giving City the lead with a header in the second-half.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 6.5
After his ‘Man of the Match’ display against the Stadium of Light, Aleks played his part in keeping another clean sheet but didn’t look quite as sharp as he did on Sunday. He lost a header to Jon Walters which meant that Otamendi had to make a crucial tackle to deny Saido Berahino.
Gael Clichy – 5
He’s looked much-improved in recent weeks but Clichy looked totally off the pace tonight, with his slip almost leading to an early Stoke goal. City’s pressing need for full-backs becoming increasingly evident.
Yaya Toure – 6.5
Making his 12th consecutive Premier League start, Yaya did okay and looked hungry, often trying his trademark bustling runs through the middle. He was sacrificed late on in the second half as City pushed for the win.
Fernandinho – 6
Fernandinho just hasn’t looked the same since returning from suspension. He’s sloppy in possession and seems like he has lost a yard of pace. Hopefully he returns to form soon.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5
It was a mixed back from KDB today. He was ridiculously poor in the first-half, failing to complete the majority of his passes, even the ones which seemed fairly simple. When he was moved from the centre of midfield to the wing, however, he showed his true colours. His crossing was superb, and he could have easily come away with a couple of assists.
Jesus Navas – 5.5
Surprisingly given a start tonight, thanks to Guardiola choosing to rest Raheem Sterling. Unfortunately, Navas was unable to take his chance. It was a typically unproductive game from the Spaniard, and he was rightfully replaced early in the second half by his international compatriot, David Silva.
Leroy Sané – 6
Sané had been in great form prior to tonight, but credit to Mark Hughes and Stoke, his threat was nullified tonight. Phil Bardsley and Mame Biram Diouf did a great job of stopping him in his tracks, although he had a superb chance to clinch all three points for City deep into added time.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Given the captaincy tonight in the absence of Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva, Sergio Aguero put in a decent performance. He didn’t manage to get his name on the scoresheet, but he was starved of service by Stoke and so didn’t get many chances. His link-up play was good overall, and he looked hungry.
David Silva – 7.5
City sorely missed Silva’s presence from the outset, with the Blues unable to exert any control over the game. When he came on in the second half, City looked a lot more threatening, and the Spaniard was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet as his low, driven shot rolled narrowly past the post.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 5
Missed a golden chance to win it for the Blues in stoppage time. Really should have scored.
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