So there we have it, Manchester City will be returning to Wembley! Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero were enough to see off Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium this afternoon, and despite missing a whole host of chances, it was a relatively comfortable victory for the Blues.
Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the performances of City’s players.
Claudio Bravo – 6.5
Managed to keep a rare clean sheet, but his blushes were spared by Pablo Zabaleta, who cleared a shot off the line after Bravo hadn’t done quite enough to keep it out.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7.5
Zabaleta rolled back the years with a very impressive performance. He was solid defensively and he was also able to get involved in the attack, setting up David Silva’s opener after being fed by Yaya Touré.
John Stones – 8
After being rested on Wednesday night, John Stones returned to the starting line-up for today’s FA Cup quarter-final. Despite a couple of slips and nervy moments, Stones was never really threatened by Middlesbrough’s attackers. Made an important clearance off the line from Fabio’s header during the second half. A very good performance.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7.5
Another assured performance from Otamendi after helping the Blues to keep a clean sheet on Wednesday night. He relished the physical battle against Rudy Gestede and Alvaro Negredo and came out on top.
Gael Clichy – 7.5
It could have been a difficult afternoon for Clichy up against a very tricky winger in the form of Adama Traore, but Clichy dealt with him well. A much better performance than usual from the Frenchman.
Yaya Touré – 7.5
A very good performance from Uncle Yaya, who kept the Blues ticking all afternoon. His pass into Zabaleta, which led to the first goal, was delightful. He also performed his defensive duties well.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5
After his poor performance against Stoke, Kevin De Bruyne showed an improvement in form at the Riverside this afternoon. His short-range passing still left a lot to be desired, but he worked very hard in the centre of midfield and was incredibly unfortunate that none of his superb crosses were converted.
David Silva – 8
Silva got the Blues off the mark after just two minutes, converting from Pablo Zabaleta pass across goal, but if truth be told, he should have had a hat-trick today. David had a number of chances to score, but a combination of fantastic goalkeeping from Brad Guzan and poor finishing meant that he was unable to add to his early goal. His overall play was very good, though.
Raheem Sterling – 7.5
City sorely missed Raheem’s presence on Wednesday night, and it was good to see him back in the starting line-up today. He wasn’t quite at his best, but was able to register an assist, getting a slight knick on Zabaleta’s pass, which was turned in by David Silva. He now has the most assists in the FA Cup this season.
Leroy Sané – 7.5
Sané started quite poorly today, wasting a couple of glorious opportunities in the first half. He didn’t let it affect him, however, and atoned for a bad miss in the first half with a nice assist for Sergio Aguero.
Sergio Aguero – 7.5
Another game, another goal for Sergio Aguero. He has come a long way since Gabriel Jesus suffered the injury that allowed him to regain his place in the starting line-up, and he now looks back to his best. Pep was clearly very happy with his performance, with the cameras showing a nice embrace between the two of them at full-time. Sergio is now just 19 goals away from becoming City’s all-time leading scorer.
Nolito – 6.5
Replaced Leroy Sané after City’s second goal and came very close to turning in Kevin De Bruyne’s superb cross.
Fernando – N/A
Replaced Yaya Touré with a few minutes to go.
Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A
Made a brief cameo in place of Sergio Aguero.
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