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Bernardo’s brilliance ignites City comeback: Man City Player Ratings vs. Bayern Munich (ICC)

Manchester City’s third and final game in the International Champions Cup ended with City coming out triumphant meaning the Blues leave America with their heads held high. Bayern Munich opened the scoring, albeit against the run of play when Rafinha crossed for Meritan Shabani to head home. The German champions’ lead was doubled when Arjen Robben was played in over the top and chipped Claudio Bravo to make it 2-0.

City fought back however on the stroke of half-time, Bernardo Silva cut inside from the right and curled the ball into the bottom-left corner of Sven Ulreich’s goal. Lukas Nmecha then equalled the scoring as he was first to pounce on a loose ball following a saved Phil Foden shot. Bernardo then scored the decisive goal as he interlinked play with Adria Bernarbe and shot on goal, finding the near post to give City a well-deserved victory following a positive pre-season tour.

Claudio Bravo – 7

Bravo was largely helpless for the two goals and certainly played his part in the win as he made countless saves, the majority coming from a wide cross that was only a tap-in away from the back of the net. He aided the build-up heavily as he was incredibly composed on the ball throughout.

Luke Bolton – 7.5

Bolton had yet another very impressive game from right wing-back. He was relentless in his running, tough in the tackle, and made numerous positive runs down the line to supply the attack, the only element lacking was the accuracy of his final ball but that will come with time. A convincing pre-season for Bolton who could have played himself into contention for a starting spot in the Community Shield.

Cameron Humphreys – 6

Humphreys was tasked with dealing with the relentless Kingsley Coman and it would never be an easy task. Nevertheless, he still continued to play out from the back with confidence and even made a goal-saving headed clearance from another one of Robben’s testing crosses.

Eric Garcia – 7.5

It seems that everyone is already used to Garcia producing a very assured display at the back. As ever, he broke the lines with his arrowed passing ability very well and read the play so that he was one step ahead of danger before it could arise, and if it did, he dealt adeptly.

Aymeric Laporte – 6

Not much to note from Laporte’s return to action in a blue shirt. He looked sharp on the ball in the early stages, but fatigue clearly impacted his distribution as the game wore on but this will only improve the more he continues to train following his slight injury.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6.5

Zinchenko had another impressive display on the attacking front from left wing-back as he moved the ball quickly and appropriately often coming inside to receive the ball, allowing the second-striker to move out wide, so his role was profusely different from Bolton’s. Robben managed to get in-behind the Ukrainian without Zinchenko being aware too often, but when facing that calibre of player, even the world’s best would struggle to deal with the Dutchman.

Douglas Luiz – 7

Luiz produced a much more competent performance in comparison to the Borussia Dortmund game. He was a lot tidier and productive in possession, keeping it simple rather than overcomplicating things and rarely bombed forward, meaning the backline was less likely to be exposed as he held his position well.

Brahim Diaz – 7.5

Diaz put in another fearless, yet entertaining shift in the middle of the park as he pressed well and used his body wisely, whilst being creative on the ball displaying some of the tricks up his sleeve. He came close to following up on his goals from last season’s tour after an interchange of passes with Nmecha, but he fired just over the bar.

Phil Foden – 7.5

Prior to an unfortunate hamstring injury, Foden was enjoying his best performance of the pre-season tour Stateside. He was slick in possession, especially in the second half, weaving in and out of the opposition and his confidence was brimming. His final ball and decision-making was appropriate and he was even whiskers away from a first City goal.

Riyad Mahrez – 7.5

Mahrez looked a real bright spark during the early stage of the game he was on for and he was more than adequate when driving at defences and helping Nmecha especially to get in-behind and providing the service to him that was missing in the previous games. He came off injured in the 26th minute, with Pep Guardiola unaware of what his injury entails at this moment of time.

Lukas Nmecha – 7

Nmecha produced another promising display and this time was rewarded with his first goal for City. He had a couple of earlier chances which he arguably could he been more efficient with as he hit the post on one occasion and forced Ulreich into a save on the other, but he made no error with following up a rebound in the second half.

Subs:

Bernardo Silva – 8 (Man of the Match)

How good was this man? Bernardo came on rotating between operating just off Nmecha as a second-striker and in the midfield trio and was just as much of a nuisance in each role. His eye-catching performance will be sure to bode well with Guardiola and it was capped off with two well-taken goals. There was a poise about his display tonight dissimilar to something witnessed before during his time at City and if he continues in this manner then he could be a mainstay in a starting role come the new Premier League season.

Adrian Bernabe – 7

Bernabe came on for his City debut and the ex-Barcelona academy starlet didn’t disappoint. He looked more than comfortable on the ball and even bagged an assist for the winner.

Claudio Gomes – 7

Gomes was tidy anchoring the midfield in the pivot role. He used the ball well bringing it forward in an energetic manner and, unlike in the Liverpool game, he stayed on his feet and was reluctant to dive in, meaning his presence was significantly more advantageous when defending.

Jack Harrison – 6.5

Harrison came on for what could be his last display in a City shirt and did his job well yet again, like all the games he has featured in. He looked lively and would certainly be of use to a team who place emphasis on their wingers being dynamic in both defence and attack.

Benjamin Garré – 6.5

Garre was the latest of the substitutions and looked nimble on the ball as he would have wanted to show why he should be rewarded with more opportunities like this in the future at City.

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