Manchester City’s title hopes were done and dusted with a narrow 2-1 defeat to Chelsea today. Anis looks back on how the team performed and gives us his thoughts.
Willy Caballero – 6
Hard done by on the rebound after getting a firm hand to Eden Hazard’s penalty but there are no excuses for his stage-fright freeze for Hazard’s first.
Jesus Navas – 5
It was interesting to see some people praise Jesus Navas for his display at right-back against Arsenal at the weekend when I thought he was one of the reasons we struggled. Today was not dissimilar with Chelsea constantly deciding to play through his side. Worse still though were his contributions in the final third when City needed something to happen. The clock is ticking on Navas’ time at City and it’s easy to see why.
John Stones – 6
Did relatively well at the back besides a complete miskick in the second half. Chelsea had few real chances of which all cannot attributed to the center-backs. Absolutely bobbins miss right at the end though.
Vincent Kompany – 7
A good performance from Vinny on his return. The Belgian hasn’t played since the away game against Crystal Palace in January and I wondered whether he would ever start a game for City again. But he did well; there was some smart interceptions and tackles – with a little classic Kompanying on Hazard to go with – but overall City’s back two (sorry Navas and Clichy) looked a lot solid for it.
Gael Clichy – 4
Gael Clichy would certainly not be here today had Arsene Wenger plucked him from Cannes a few years later. Because aside from his home-grown status, he offers little to nothing to Manchester City. He is defensively inept, barely good enough to keep the ball ticking over and has no variety to his attacking play whatsoever. His pass at the end literally summed up the latter years of his Manchester City career.
Fernandinho – 5
In all honesty, Fernandinho has been a shadow of himself this season. He started off bright but as the injuries and suspensions started to curtail him, it became inceeasingly obvious that Yaya Toure was the better option for his the role as the season went on. Fernandinho looks half a yard slower, more prone to a misplaced pass nor as nippy and agile as he once was. I said it after Monaco and I’ll say it again: He’s not the man he used to be.
Fabian Delph – 6.5
It was a surprisingly decent first Premier League start for Fabian Delph. He had played just 40 minutes of Premier League football prior to today and to elect him and Kompany was a gutsy move on Guardiola’s part. In truth, he looked better than many of his counter-parts. There was bundles of energy, a great burst to evade pressure and he carried the ball well. If Delph could stay fit then he would’ve had a bigger role to play this season. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case and nor has it or ever will be.
Kevin De Bruyne – 5
De Bruyne. Has. Not. Been. Good. For. A. While. Now.
David Silva – 8 (Man of the Match)
A genuinely top performance from one of City’s best players this season. His passing was a joy to watch and his first half performance in particular was dazzling. However, Nemanja Matic’s arrival at half-time saw his space squeezed and time on the ball lessened.
Leroy Sané – 5
Never got going like he has for so much of this calendar year. He’s still contributing (he had 5 goals in his last eight games before today) but his performances are starting to wane a little which is completely understandable. Let’s hope he can reignite that partnership with Sterling in time for the FA Cup semi-final.
Sergio Aguero – 7.5
Another big game, another big goal for Sergio Aguero. Only unlike previous games this season where he would have had a host of chances; his supply was cut short today and he had to make the most of the hand he was dealt. Him and Silva were our two best players today and they combined brilliantly at times.
Raheem Sterling – 5
Came on to no avail.
Nolito – N/A
Played a delicious pass right at the end for Aguero but it was not meant to be.