A weakened Manchester City side fell to their fourth defeat of the season with a poor performance at home to FC Basel.
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a tap-in, but it was all downhill from there and Basel hit back with two unanswered goals to claim an unlikely, if ultimately meaningless, win. Here’s how I rated the players…
Claudio Bravo – 6
Bravo’s distribution tonight was decent but he had to do better for Basel’s second goal, when he was beaten at the near post.
Danilo – 5
Didn’t give it away too often, primarily because he barely tried to go forward. Defensively very hit-and-miss.
John Stones – 6
Nothing remarkable from Stones but he was the least of the issues in the defence. Could’ve been better for the first goal.
Aymeric Laporte – 5
Had to do better with the second goal in particular but did show some good passing skills.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 5
Like Danilo, Zinchenko was very negative in most of his passing, but still managed to make numerous mistakes. Was lucky to get away with a few defensive errors.
Yaya Touré – 5
Yaya is certainly done at this level and tonight was another example as he slowed play down with some negative play and even some uncharacteristic poor passing. Barely broke a sweat and that’s not a good thing.
Ilkay Gundogan – 6
Gundogan has shown his class in recent weeks but had very little influence on this one. Not missing exactly but nothing to write home about.
Phil Foden – 6
Might’ve been lower for a more experienced player. Foden is far better than he showed tonight but was still a million miles better than any other 17-year-old I can name. Hard to be harsh on him because he was surrounded by mediocrity on the night.
Bernardo Silva – 6
All three of the forwards played a vital part in City’s goal, but it’s hard to give any more than a 6 because I feel that represents an average performance – which is exactly what they served up in my opinion. Bernardo’s delivery was great for the opener, after which he struggled.
Leroy Sané – 6 (Man of the Match)
Sané was a menace against the Basel right-back for most of the first half, creating the opener with a lovely trademark run, but his final ball wasn’t consistent enough.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
It was great to see Jesus back on the scoresheet in his first start since injury. His goal was vintage Gabby – the rest of his performance, not so much. I’ll happily put that down to rustiness and poor service.
Brahim Díaz – 6
After almost an hour of dead rubber it was incredibly refreshing to see Brahim bravely running at the Basel defence. His positivity was encouraging and he deserves more time next season.
Tosin Adarabioyo – N/A
No time to mark.