After a scintillating perfomance against Spurs last weekend, fans were hoping City would cruise through at Leicester, but that was not the case tonight. A second fiddle City side needed penalties to get the job done at the King Power. This is how I rated the Blues.
Claudio Bravo – 7
Bravo has got the knack of becoming a hero in the penalty shoot-outs, both for club and country. Filling in Ederson’s shoes is not an easy task for any goalkeeper in the world at the moment, and Bravo showed us why. His poor distribution from the back left the defenders in awkward situations a number of times, and was almost embarrassed by Jamie Vardy. Yet he made the decisive save to send City through to the semi-finals.
Danilo – 6
Didn’t play like the shadow of a player a Champions League winner is supposed to play. Looked nervous at the back, constantly losing possession and committing too early. Only plus is his pace which helps City to stop counter attacks. Did better when slotted as a centre-back by Pep.
Tosin Adarabioyo – 8
Looked years ahead his age, comfortable on the ball with excellent reading of the game, cutting passing lines on numerous occasions. Certainly one for the future.
Eliaquim Mangala – 7
Has performed well in the previous games, but looked shaky at the back today. Another performance that showed he is a misfit in this City team.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 8
For a player of his age, who is an attacking midfielder by trade, to play in the left-back position would be considered as a shot in the foot by many, but Zinchenko proved most people wrong. His defensive positioning was almost perfect, and the one-twos played with Phil Foden kept the Leicester defence on alert.
Yaya Touré – 7
Had a quiet game by his high standards. Wasn’t a passenger on the pitch but also didn’t create too many chances from the midfield as one would expect. Couple of diagonal balls from deep were the highlights of his game.
Ilkay Gundogan – 8
Pulled the strings for City today and his run for the goal was absolutely amazing. He looks fully recovered from the unfortunate knee injury and is nearly back to his incisive best.
Phil Foden – 6
Another decent perfomance by the Manchester wonderkid. Not his best possible display but showed signs that he could be City’s future superstar. At just 17, he has a long way to go and with Pep guiding him, he could become one of the best.
Bernardo Silva – 8
Got his goal and performed well, but still doesn’t seem the same player City signed from Monaco for £42million. His first touch is usually towards his own goal and takes one touch too many when on the ball, taking out the fizz from the attack.
Brahim Diaz – 6
An average game by the young Spaniard. Showed glimpse of what he has in his locker, but did he do enough to impress Guardiola?
Gabriel Jesus – 7
Didn’t get a goal but was always on the move buzzing in and around the box keeping the Leicester defenders on their heels. His ability come deep and lay the ball off for midfielders to start attack is absolutely unique.
Kyle Walker – 7
Gave away the penalty but his athleticism cannot be questioned. He ran his socks off on the right flank creating chances at one end and breaking the play up at the other.
Tom Dele-Bashiru – 6
Looked strong off and on the ball, a bit of Touré-esque in his style of play, but is too young to judge. Had a decent debut.
Lukas Nmecha – 7
Showed quick feet and tremendous speed on the break. Other than that, had a quiet game, but he’s another academy player who could develop into a star in the coming years.