Raheem Sterling was the top performer for Manchester City in their shocking 2-1 defeat to Ligue 1’s Lyon in last night’s Champions League tie in the official L’Equipe ratings.
Sterling was the only City star to receive a 6/10 from L’Equipe who are noted for their strict rating system, with Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte next in line on 5/10 – perhaps slightly unfair on the Brazilian goalkeeper.
Perhaps more unfair was Pep Guardiola receiving a 4/10 rating, considering he was banned from the touchline and sat up in level two!
Four players received 4/10 ratings and the worst performers in the eyes of France’s top sports newspaper were Fabian Delph. at fault for Lyon’s opener. and Ilkay Gundogan, a source of regular criticism of late – both were handed 3/10 ratings. Our own player ratings man, David Hartley, was kinder on the German, giving him a 5/10 in the City Watch player ratings.
On the opposite side, goal scorers Nabil Fekir and Maxwel Cornet topped the rankings with 8/10s, along with goalkeeper Anthony Lopes – a sign of how strict L’Equipe ratings are given that this was one of OL’s most impressive performances in a long time.
Jason Denayer, who left City for Lyon in the summer, also scored well with a 7/10 rating – higher than any of his former teammates.