Well, that wasn’t in the script was it Blues? City’s Champions League Group F campaign got off to the worst possible start crumbling to a 2-1 defeat at home to French side Lyon. Whilst their group counterparts, Hoffenheim and Shakhtar, cancelled each other out in an exciting 2-2 draw, City find themselves in an unusual position and now sit rock-bottom of the group. A woeful performance from the Blues was watched over by City Watch’s David Hartley as he rated tonight’s performances:
Ederson – 7
The Brazilian conceded two but didn’t have much to do other than pick the ball out of the net. Questions whether he could have been better placed for the first goal, but he made an exceptional save at 2-0 to deny Depay Lyon’s third and kept City in the game. Done very well when coming off his line to sweep up at the back with a cheeky foul on Ndombele going unnoticed!
Kyle Walker – 3
The more I watch Walker play, the more I start to question his decision making. He was at sea for the majority of the first half and didn’t provide any stability to the City backline. Found himself all over the place and he didn’t provide much attacking intent either. Always capable of a ‘brain fart’ (see Wigan). Also, why a side with such a wealth of attacking threat let their right back take free-kicks on the edge of the box is beyond me?!
John Stones – 5
Both Laporte and Stones had a terrible first half. City’s high line caused all sorts of problems at the back and neither of them covered themselves in much glory. Stones’ moment of the match came with an incredible slide tackle which prevented a dangerous Lyon attack and started the sequence which led to Bernardo’s goal.
Aymeric Laporte – 5
See above. He was unlucky with a great header from Gundogan’s cross in the front half, and drove into spaces well but didn’t have his best game in Blue. A lot of misplaced passes from his deep lying QB role.
Fabian Delph – 2
Mendy’s understudy must have been dazed from his early clash of heads with David Silva, committing a crucial error which allowed Cornet to score Lyon’s first. A very poor performance all-around and wasting attacking opportunities with wasteful strikes from distance.
Fernandinho – 4
Potentially Fernandinho’s worst half in a Sky Blue shirt. His first half was littered with misplaced passes and poor decisions, reminiscent of his disasterclass in Brazil’s 7-1 World Cup humiliation. He was caught in possession for Lyon’s second goal which was criminal. Clear that we desperately need an understudy for him in January.
Ilkay Gundogan – 5
Created a good chance which Laporte headed against the post. The only player in the City midfield first half that came away with any semblance of dignity. Ultimately sacrificed for Sane to allow for a more attacking line up. Once again scapegoated for City’s performance on social media. An intelligent player that seems to face the brunt of all City fan’s frustrations. Imagine if we could only get behind some of our players sometimes, hey?
David Silva – 5
Much like most of the side, Silva had an uncharacteristically poor first half. Didn’t make an impact and didn’t create anything. A stronger performance in the second half dictating the play with Bernardo by his side but much like City, he ultimately fell short.
Raheem Sterling – 6
Sterling was City’s brightest hope in the first half, starting strong and causing Rafael nightmares. Can hold his head high for his first half exploits but his bright spark eventually burnt out in the second half and was replaced by Mahrez for some fresh legs.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Failed to make any impact on the game in the first half, struggling wide on the right-hand side. Came into his own in the second half, starting to dictate play and finished his goal very well into the bottom corner.
Gabriel Jesus – 2
Pretty dismal performance from the young Brazilian. Admittedly, he wasn’t afforded much service but didn’t impose himself on the game at all. Rightly taken off for Aguero.
Leroy Sane – 6
Brought on to provide a threat down the left against Rafael. Provided an almost immediate impact, supplying an assist for Bernardo’s goal after a marauding run into box. Gave City some much needed impetus in the game but could have done better with a unmarked header.
Sergio Aguero – 2
Made no impact after coming on. Like Jesus, the City superstar was a passenger for the majority of his time on the pitch, didn’t link up much play and couldn’t find any space in the packed Lyon box. Frustrating night for him.
Riyad Mahrez – 3
Mahrez’s fleeting appearances for City so far have all followed the same pattern. Receive the ball, cut in, lose the ball. Receive the ball, cut in, lose the ball. You get the drift. The record signing has yet to demonstrate any of his swash-buckling form at Leicester. However, his start/adjustment to life at City is a tough one in a difficult system so hopefully we will see more of what he can do in coming weeks.