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Blues crash out of the Champions League: Man City Player Ratings vs. Monaco

MONACO - MARCH 15:  Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between AS Monaco and Manchester City FC at Stade Louis II on March 15, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

In the words of Garry Cook, ‘they bottled it’. An incredibly disappointing performance from the Blues saw them crash out of the Champions League tonight in Monaco.

Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the performances of City’s players.

Willy Caballero – 5

Made a big save from Mbappé with the scores still level, but was unable to keep out Monaco’s goals, and perhaps should have come to claim the ball from Monaco’s free-kick which resulted in their third goal.

Bacary Sagna – 3

Sagna followed up on his disappointing performance in the first leg with another poor game tonight. Monaco targeted him, and he was often caught in two-on-one situations. We desperately need a new right-back.

John Stones – 4

Carved up by Mbappé for Monaco’s second goal. Needed to close him down a lot quicker. Grew into the game in the second-half as he was allowed more time on the ball.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 2

Kolarov’s positioning for the first two goals was poor, but it was his part in Monaco’s third goal which was his biggest mistake. The Serbian lost Bakayoko in the box, and Monaco’s defensive midfielder finished well for what eventually turned out to be the winning goal over the two legs.

Gael Clichy – 2

One of the few players whose first touch didn’t desert him, but every other aspect of his game was seriously lacking. His passing was inaccurate, his tackling was ineffective. Useless. We desperately need a new left-back.

Fernandinho – 2

Fernandinho has been playing poorly ever since he returned from his latest suspension, and so it was surprising that he was chosen to start tonight’s game ahead of Yaya Touré. Unfortunately, Pep’s decision to start him wasn’t vindicated. He really struggled in the middle of the park and was often caught in possession by Monaco’s players.

Kevin De Bruyne – 2

What on earth is wrong with him at the moment? He looks a shadow of his usual self. De Bruyne carried on his poor run of form tonight, with the Belgian seeming to lose the ball almost every time he touched it in the first-half. He was dropped into a deeper role during the second-half, and we looked much better as a result.

David Silva – 4

Silva also struggled tonight, particularly in the first-half. In recent weeks, the Spaniard has done more than his fair share of defensive work, but he was unable to replicate that tonight. He also looked unusually hesitant in possession.

Raheem Sterling – 4

Raheem found it very difficult to get involved in the game, and was nullified to a large extent by the excellent Benjamin Mendy. He improved in the second-half though, and played a big part in bringing City back into the game by providing the assist for Leroy Sané’s goal.

Leroy Sané – 5

Not at his best tonight, Leroy, but he was far from our worst performer. Provided the goal that gave the Blues hope of qualification with an emphatic finish from Subasic’s parry.

Sergio Aguero – 3

Sergio has been one of our best players in recent weeks, but his finishing cost us tonight. He was anonymous in the first-half, and couldn’t come up with the goods when it mattered. Disappointing.


Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A

He didn’t touch the ball once.

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