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Super Claudio to the rescue for underpar Blues: Man City Player Ratings vs. Wolves (Carabao Cup)

Here’s how I rated the players after City edged out Wolves in the Carabao Cup…

Claudio Bravo – 9 (Man of the Match)

The oft-criticised Chilean was flawless tonight, to his great credit, keeping the scores at 0-0 with a great low save in the first half and producing fantastic one-on-one stops from Costa and then in the second. He also caught Bennett’s header well early on and controlled the possession with some intelligent, if unspectacular, distribution. Saved two penalties in the shootout to become the hero too!

Danilo – 7

Gets a 7 for being reliable and giving us some options in attack but Danilo, like pretty much everyone else, had a quiet game. The Brazilian got forward on occasion but couldn’t quite produce.

Tosin Adarabioyo – 6

The youngster had a quiet game, which is fair enough to be honest when you consider what he had playing around him. Credit is deserved for one moment in the second half when the academy graduate defended instinctively to spare Mangala’s blushes after his partner let an attacker in. All in all, not a bad game by any standards.

Eliaquim Mangala – 5

A ‘5’ rating represents a below-average rating for me and unfortunately Mangala’s performance was exactly that. Had a ‘mare but was bailed out by Bravo and then Tosin- and those weren’t his only blunders. The Frenchman wasn’t dreadful but nonetheless should come away from the game feeling lucky not to have cost his side.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7

Contextually, I thought Alex had a decent debut. An unwitting spectator would never have guessed that this was a 20-year-old playing his first game for a new club in an unfamiliar position, but the Ukrainian was exactly that- never looking out of place running up and down the left against a good Wolves team. I would be very keen to see more of him.

Yaya Touré – 6

Touré had a quiet night, but kept play ticking over nicely as he did for much of last season with some solid passing. The big man defended well but lacked going forward, rarely managing to penetrate the opposition backline and wasting a good free-kick opportunity in the first half. Scored his penalty just like old times.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

On a decidedly dull evening of football, Gundogan was on hand to offer some real quality. Although he was unable to produce a winning attack, the German provided some troubling passes and classy touches in the Wolves half. Deserves a place in the XI on Saturday – but for who?

Bernardo Silva – 6

Simply didn’t click for Bernardo tonight. He’s still settling in so I’m happy to let him off the hook, but Silva II’s only memorable moment of the match was a drive into the box and shot that forced the Wolves ‘keeper into a save.

Raheem Sterling – 7

Probably the liveliest of City’s front three tonight, although that is like saying that Kevin Friend is the best referee in a room of schoolchildren. Raheem did well to carve out a couple of chances for the strikers but lacked the cutting edge- no shame in that, because he still looked most likely to create for 90 minutes.

Gabriel Jesus – 6

A seriously quiet game for the boy from Brazil – so quiet, in fact, that you could be forgiven for forgetting he was there at all. Things didn’t fall into place for Jesus and he struggled to make an impact.

Sergio Aguero – 6

It just didn’t happen for Sergio tonight. Given the chance to become City’s outright top scorer, the Argentine fluffed his lines on more than one occasion and was kept out by a series of saves and blocks in the middle of the game. Scored his penalty audaciously to win the shootout.

Subs:

Kevin De Bruyne – 6

Did his best to save a bad game when he came on for Jesus but realistically there was not much he could do. Did manage to score the first penalty of the shootout.

John Stones – 6

Should’ve come on for Mangala, not Tosin, but did at least manage to shore up our rocky defense during extra time.

Leroy Sané – 6

Injected pace and energy into the City attack towards the end of the game but, like his teammates, couldn’t break down what was a very well-parked Wolves bus. Scored in the shootout too.

Kyle Walker – N/A

No real time to mark.

Agree with my ratings? Feel free to reply with your opinions.

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