In a mid-season training exercise, City’s sister club Girona came out victorious with a 1-0 win in a dull affair in Catalonia. City looked disinterested for the most-part, however played some good football in the later stages, and should’ve scored a few times – but, as ever, threw away these good chances. You could forgive anyone for wiping this game from their memory, but I have the task of trying to rate the City players.
Claudio Bravo – 7
Claudio received unjustified abuse on social media throughout the game, however I thought he looked good. He was faultless for the goal and made some smart saves, showing he can get down well.
Danilo – 6.5
Danilo was probably our best player defensively this evening. Made a few good tackles, although the cross for the goal came from his side and maybe he could’ve prevented it on a better day.
Tosin Adarabioyo – 5
Unfortunately, Tosin hasn’t really done anything to write home about during the pre (and mid) season friendlies. He beaten in the air a bit easily a couple of times.
John Stones – 6
Stonesy didn’t really put a foot wrong all night and looked good on the ball. He came off at half time, presumably to avoid any knocks going into the game against Everton on Monday.
Eliaquim Mangala – 5
New centre half needed. Eliaquim looked poor all first half, giving it away cheaply more than once, and being caught out of position too. He made a slight improvement second half, but we need a replacement.
Leroy Sané – 7
One of the better players for City tonight was Leroy Sané, despite slipping over for the goal after being caught behind play. Going forward, Leroy was excellent and could’ve scored a couple of times after some very bright runs. However, defensively, I am not convinced.
Phil Foden – 6.5
The best way to describe his performance is hot and cold. He had some very positive moments, including good through passes and smart touches, but also gave it away easily too. A great move and pass for the offside goal was unlucky too.
Yaya Touré – 6
Yaya was unnoticeable really, going about his business calmly in the middle, and didn’t really do anything wrong from his quarter-back role.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Given his last name, Bernardo has a lot to live up to at City. He was muscled out of the ball too easily a few times by ex-Stoke Marc Muniesa, but looked bright in the second half. Bernardo still looks a few weeks off the pace.
Raheem Sterling – 7.5 (Man of the Match)
‘Raz’ was our best player tonight. He was unlucky to score a couple of times, and played a beautifully weighted pass to Jesus late on. I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts on Monday.
Brahim Diaz – 5.5
Brahim struggled tonight after a positive couple of displays in the US. He didn’t see enough of the ball, and when he did, he failed to keep it on a number of occasions.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6
Nico came on at half time for Stones, and like the former, didn’t do anything wrong.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
Replacing Diaz, Gabriel looked sharp and found himself in space a few times. However, he has to do better with the chance where Sterling teed him up nicely.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6.5
On a return to footballing action for Ilkay, the German looked impressive. His eye for a pass is exceptional, and I am excited to see him back in the fray of the first team in the coming weeks hopefully.
Pablo Maffeo was the best player on the pitch tonight, looking solid defensively and brilliant going forward. The other City loanees also impressed – Douglas Luiz looks like he could be one to watch for the future.