City won their fourth Champions League game of the campaign last night to move on to 12 points with a game to spare. Here is a closer look at the players performances.
Joe Hart – 6
Cannot be blamed for both of Plzen’s goals and pulled off a couple of good saves. His distribution was appalling at times save for a couple of good kicks which set City on the break. Don’t be surprised to see Costel Pantilimon start against Swansea on Sunday
Micah Richards – 6
Evidently still struggling to find rhythm after enduring a torrid time with injuries in the last 18 months. Acquitted himself well without excelling defensively or going forward. Needs to remember how good he is at attacking. Only his 14th appearance in 18 months, though, so needs time to rediscover 2011-12 form.
Martin Demichelis – 6
Was brought in to act as cover for Kompany and is doing exactly what is required of him. Has experience and reads the game well. Pace is sometimes a worry, but his reading of the game ensures he doesn’t find himself in too much bother.
Joleon Lescott – 6
Another good performance from Lescott but his lack of pace along with that of Demichelis caused a few hairy moments. Lescott will never be a ball playing centre-half, but he knows how to defend. He’s performing better now than he was at the start of the campaign.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 6
Kolarov made a couple of vital interceptions in our own box, but struggles to offer much going forward. Was bizarrely given the captain’s armband for the night ahead of the likes of Lescott, Richards and Milner who are more deserving of the recognition.
Fernandinho – 8
Another outstanding performance from the Brazillian. His great passing coupled with his ability to read danger make him a great asset to the team. His engine is superb and City really have found themselves a cracking midfield player. Right now, on current form, you’d struggle to find a Premiership midfielder you’d swap him for.
Javi Garcia – 7
One of Garcia’s better performances of the season. He reads the game well and looked comfortable in the centre of midfield. His style doesn’t seem suited to the pace of the English game, which is maybe why he looked better against the patient Czech opposition. Likely to leave if a good offer comes in; it’s a move that just hasn’t quite worked out.
Samir Nasri – 9 (man of the match)
A great performance from Nasri who looked dangerous every time he attacked. Worked hard off the ball and his goal was well deserved. Unlucky not to score in the first half after his long range effort hit the crossbar. His performances this season have endeared him to the fans which was unthinkable at the end of last season.
James Milner – 6
A typically industrious performance from Milner. Started on the right and switched to the left when Navas came on in the second half. A nice assist for Dzeko’s goal.
Sergio Aguero – 8
Withdrawn at half time to be rested for the weekend but what an excellent performance from the Argentine. The crowd seem to expect a goal every time he plays and it looks like he believes can meet that expectation. His presence is raising everyone’s game.
Edin Dzeko – 5
Dzeko is way short of the level Aguero and Negredo are at. His goal at the end of the game masked a lethargic and sloppy performance . His first touch was no existent and his passing and shooting were poor. However, it’s attitude that’s most worrying, with his sulky, disinterested demeanour now an all too familiar sight. Will surely be sold in January if an offer comes in.
Jesus Navas – 7
A great cameo from the winger. Seems buoyed by his excellent display against Spurs and gave City an extra dimension when they needed it in the second half. City are really starting to see what he’s capable of.
Yaya Toure – 7
Slotted in seamlessly into the heart of midfield and afforded Fernandinho the opportunity to rest ahead of the weekend.
Alvaro Negredo – 8
Almost instantly put City 3-2 up and got stuck into the Plzen defence from the word go. A brilliant signing who is loved by the fans already. Didn’t you just know he was going to score?
(GIF via Bleacher Report)
Written by Robert Toole and Rob Pollard