Manchester City near enough booked their place in the quarter final draw of the Champions League with a brilliant away performance at Swiss giants FC Basel. Goals from Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva added to an Ilkay Gundogan double in what was a fairly routine victory for the Blues. Here’s how I rated the players.
Ederson – 8
Commanding, quick off his line, expert distribution, top drawer shot-stopping – Ederson had it all tonight. The Brazilian made a few smart dashes off his line early on, and showed off his reflexes in the second half when Basel came at City. His distribution was second-to-none, and outlined again why Pep fought so hard to get him in the summer.
Kyle Walker – 7.5
A solid shift down the right flank for Kyle Walker, who is key to most attacks with his energy. When dispossessed, Walker’s relentless attitude to win it back is central to why he is the best full back in England.
Vincent Kompany – 6
It is always nice to see Vinnie in the side. You can see the way he is enjoying mentoring the younger players with his experience. Kompany had a relatively shaky start, with Basel finding space behind him a couple of times, but grew into it second half with some good interceptions and passes.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6.5
I wish I could tell my former self of eighteen months ago that Nico would be City’s undisputed best defender. Tonight was another pleasing evening for the Argentine, who is pivotal to starting every attack.
Fabian Delph – 7
Since Delph’s injury, Pep has chopped and changed between Zinchenko and Danilo, neither of whom are natural left-backs. Having Delph back is a massive boost for City’s charge for trophies, and the Yorkshireman put in a very good performance, with some big tackles that we wouldn’t see from Zinchenko.
Fernandinho – 7
[copy+paste from every player ratings ever] Fernandinho is City’s most consistent and important player, and showed again tonight why he is so highly regarded by City fans.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5
On Saturday, Kev added to his list of stupendous list of man-of-the-match performances. Tonight, he wasn’t as good, but still made City tick. The Belgian added to his assist tally, and could’ve had a goal with a bit more luck. He got a nice rest towards the end, as David Silva returned.
Ilkay Gundogan – 9 (Man of the Match)
Two goals for Ilkay tonight, who said himself post match that this City team will be successful should they continue to play at this level. The only complaint is that the German didn’t complete his hat-trick, with a good chance at 4-0. Nevertheless, a brilliant evening for Ilkay, who was being watched closely by German national team boss Joachim Löw.
Bernardo Silva – 8
Bernardo is really starting to show why many regarded him as the player of the season in a Monaco side littered with talent, and added to his positive 2018 with another great performance tonight. The Portuguese got himself a goal, but more pleasing was his fancy touches, flicks and dribbles, which gave left-back Blas Riveros a horrible night.
Sergio Aguero – 7.5
14 goals for Sergio in 2018, who many City fans labeled ‘not good enough’ going into the year. In the last few games, he is showing his willingness to add to the attacks with more than his finishing prowess.
Raheem Sterling – 6.5
Another good performance for Raz, who had a few promising dribbles. His form has dipped a tiny bit with the loss of Sané, so hopefully Leroy’s return can boost Raheem back to his best.
Leroy Sané – 6.5
I didn’t realise as much as I probably should have, but we missed Leroy a lot when he was out. The German came off the bench and his pace and energy on the counter-attack nearly got us a goal or two.
David Silva – N/A
Made his return, allowing De Bruyne to have a breather.
Danilo – N/A
Not enough time to mark.