A respectable performance at the Etihad means that despite losing, Blues leave with a number of positives. Who was the best player in a hard fought affair?
GK Andres Prieto 6
Prieto can’t be held responsible for any of the goals as they were all incredible finishes. His kicking was pleasantly accurate after weeks of Etheridge’s inaccuracy. He probably didn’t do enough to displace Etheridge, but there’s certainly room for thought.
RB Maxime Colin 6.5
Definitely one of Colin’s better performances this season. He was very solid up against one of the best attacks in the world, whilst also causing issues and linking up well down the right flank.
CB Jake Clarke-Salter 6.5
A very good performance from the on-loan centre back. He and San Jose actually did a fairly solid job dealing with the Cityzens attack, although the scoreline may tell you otherwise.
CB Mikel San Jose 6.5
Another player that stood out for me. He was constantly sweeping up and recovering mistakes made by his teammates. A really solid shift from the Spaniard.
LB George Friend 5.5 (C)
One of the weaker players in the side, without a doubt the weaker side defensively. He was accountable for the first goal where he headed it right into danger.
CDM Maikel Kieftenbeld 5
Kieftenbeld really struggled against the quality of Man City. He failed to link many passes and rarely won the ball back.
CDM Ivan Sunjic 5.5
Sunjic was slightly more active than his Dutch teammate in midfield but still failed to disrupt the play of City as a whole.
CAM Jon Toral 6
Although he was only on the pitch for the first half, Toral seemed to be one of the players that came near to matching the passing quality of Man City.
RW Ivan Sanchez 7
Sanchez flair and talent really wouldn’t have looked out of place in the opposition team. He looked the most likely player to create something and was constantly successfully playing impressive passes.
LW Jon Leko 6
Leko was doing all he could to break through the resolute City backline but gave the ball away far too often to be rated any higher. He certainly looked bright, but he needs to learn when to release the ball.
ST Scott Hogan 5.5
For all his efforts, Hogan had no rewards. He didn’t show enough energy when pressing the Manchester defence and barely got a touch of the ball in an attacking position.
HT’ Adam Clayton 6.5 – The ex-Man City academy player looked quite good off the bench, one of his better games since signing in the summer.
HT’ Marc Roberts 7 (MOTM) – We haven’t given Robbo that many high ratings this season, but he has to be commended for his performance off the bench. He controlled the City attack and was crucial in not conceding in the second half.
67′ Jutkiewicz 5.5
67′ Bela 6.5
Opposition MOTM – Kevin De Bruyne