PLAYER RATINGS: CSKA Moscow 1-2 Manchester City

City managed another away win, their second of this year’s Champions League, and are now well on the way to qualifying from Group D. Two goals from Sergio Aguero gave City a 2-1 win.

Joe Hart – 7

He was let down by his defence for the CSKA goal but was rarely troubled and dealt with everything that went his way comfortably. He pulled off a match winning save in the last minute, which is sure to improve his confidence.

Pablo Zabaleta – 6

Was restricted going forward and largely confined to his defensive duties. Save for the odd reckless challenge, a solid and reliable, if unspectacular, performance.

Javi Garcia – 5

Was a fault for CSKA’s goal as he should have won the header which led to Tosic’s opener. He rarely looked comfortable on the ball and his selection has supporters quaking in their boots. This performance shows why. Hardly his fault, however, given he’s being played out of position. A sad indictment of City’s depth at centre-back.

Matija Nastasic – 7

Nullified a number of dangerous CSKA breaks with some vital last ditch tackles. Nothing seems to faze him and his calmness was welcome presence alongside the not so comfortable Garcia. Did allow Tosic to run off him for the goal, but otherwise solid.

Aleks Kolarov – 6

Didn’t get forward as much as he usually does and his defensive frailties drew him into needless fouls when the opposition ran at him. Luckily his weaknesses were not exposed at any expense to the scoreline.

Fernandinho – 9

His stature seems to grow with every game. His industry and energy in the middle of the park was vital as City pressed in the first half. His engine and tackling in the second half contained CSKA as City earned a vital away win. He also has a great range of passing. Becoming vital to City’s cause.

Yaya Toure – 7

His partnership with Fernandinho is maturing nicely. His license to get forward allowed him to support City attacks without compromising the team defensivly. Subjected to sickening abuse from the home support, but don’t expect UEFA to act appropriately. They rarely do.

Jesus Navas – 6

A quiet game for Navas as he was forced inside and not allowed to get wide. His presence keeps sides stretched, and he did deliver some decent balls into the box.

David Silva – 8

Having Silva back to his best is a delight. He was again central to everything good, setting up the first, and generally floating around keeping City cohesive with his neat passing. Another excellent display.

Sergio Aguero – 9

Aguero seems to have found the form of his debut season with 8 goals in his last 6 appearances. Always on the front foot, he got his reward with two beautifully finished goals. He has even started scoring with his head with a second headed goal in as many games. There is no stopping the diminutive Argentine. A joy to watch.

Alvaro Negredo – 8

As Toure and Fernandinho’s partnership continues to grow in stature, so does that of Negredo and Aguero. The Spaniard’s assist for Aguero’s second was a delightful demonstration of his technical skill. He was unfortunate to have a goal ruled out for handball. On another it may have been given. We’ve signed an absolute gem.

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Subs

Edin Dzeko – 5

Seemed to lack desire in pressing the opposition and squandered two good opportunities to put the game to bed. A forgetful cameo.

Samir Nasri – 6

Slotted in seamlessly as City closed out the game.

Gael Clichy – Too late to mark

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2 comments on “PLAYER RATINGS: CSKA Moscow 1-2 Manchester City
  1. FFS, Nastasic is a quality player but he lacks the most important thing as a central defender, the ability to know where he should be on the pitch! he’s constantly to far up the pitch and leave attackers completely alone, he is a liability. Watch the game again, sure he made som nice 1 on 1 interceptions but he can’t man mark for shit… I say bring on Demichelis and Joleon for the next game against Chelsea, we need our central defenders to be strong and solid. Matija should go out on loan. All you citysupporters who says he’s top class is dead wrong! Watch the game again and focus on his complete lack of understanding.

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