Match Coverage

It’s the Sané show as City edge out Baggies: Man City Player Ratings vs. West Brom (Carabao Cup)

Claudio Bravo – 6

Bad marking can take most of the credit for West Brom’s equaliser, but Bravo’s short stature and lack of commanding presence can take another. Although, he made a decent save 15 minutes from the end to keep it all square and was a commanding sweeper.

Danilo – 6

Dealt well with the late pressure from West Brom, in particular Allan Nyom and Matt Phillips down the right hand side. The former Real Madrid man never really set a foot wrong apart from a cynical booking.

John Stones – 6

Last season, if you were to read the names ‘Stones’ and ‘Mangala’ on the same sheet together it would set off a natural panic. However, despite trouble marking Hal Robson-Kanu at times, the 23-year-old’s excelled start to the season has barely faltered here.

Eliaquim Mangala – 6

The Twitter equivalent of ironic jeers rang round social media when City fans saw Mangala’s name on the team sheet. Famous for his no nonsense defending which can be perceived as irrational, the Frenchman seemed in relatively stable form tonight.

Fabian Delph – 6

Never really managed to stamp his authority and went largely unnoticed – but, typical of Delph’s standard, he dug in. That’s all we can really ask.

Ilkay Gündoğan – 7

The German’s first City start for nine months couldn’t have ended more painfully. With 56 minutes on the board, Claudio Yacob’s appalling challenge resulted in the midfielder’s withdrawal. A worrying sign, especially considering he was going a fine job before hand; having passed and moved while linking up effortlessly throughout the park.

Yaya Touré – 6

Looked lethargic tonight, with good reason, but still managed to command the midfield with Gündoğan in the first half when City were on top. A solid 300th appearance for everyone’s favourite Ivorian.

Bernardo Silva – 8

The Blues’ new signing was in sparkling form tonight having set up Sané’s sumptuous winner and showcased his true legendary potential all evening.

Raheem Sterling – 7

The referee didn’t help Raheem with his efforts on a rough night, highlighted by the opposition trying to halt the Englishman’s influence with pure unadulterated physicality. Yet, when Sterling had opportunities to run at the defence he did look threatening.

Leroy Sané – 9 (Man of the Match)

Magnificent showing, scored a brace to effectively scrape City through to the next round single handed. His imperious form shows no sign of deteriorating.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Hit and miss. The little Brazilian was strong with his hold-up play at points and missed a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 in the first half. As usual, linking up well with the front three.

Subs:

Kyle Walker – 7

Brought on for stability, Walker handled the tenacious James McClean with confidence during West Brom’s late pressure.

Fernandinho – N/A

Came on late to shore up City’s defensive protection.

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