City booked their place in the FA Cup Quarter Final after emphatically brushing aside Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side at the Etihad yesterday. Only two weeks after City were outplayed by Chelsea in the league the tables were turned this time around as City excelled all over the pitch. Here is a look at the player performances:
Costel Pantilimon – 6
Couldn’t have wished for an easier game. Bar a cross which he fumbled early onl Panti was largely a spectator as his colleagues dictated the game.
Pablo Zabaleta – 8
Along with James Milner he restricted the impact of Eden Hazard, who was so devastating in the league game a few weeks ago. As well as his diligence defensively he got forward regularly with those trademark runs forward.
Vincent Kompany – 9 (man of the match)
Outstanding from the Captain. On the front foot for the whole game and got in ahead of his opponent to intercept the ball time and time again. His range of passing out of defence was also excellent and he set Samir Nasri on his way for vital second goal. When Kompany is in this kind of form the opposition are very unlikely to score.
Joleon Lescott – 9
A throwback to the title winning season of 2011/12. Lescott was outstanding and along with Kompany looked imperious just like two seasons ago when they were the mainstay of City’s defence. Great in the air and read danger well. Had a goal ruled out for offside which could have been given on another day.
Gael Clichy – 7
Has struggled to hold down his place this season partly due to the improved form of Aleksandar Kolarov but seems to have turned a corner in recent weeks. Looks more confident going forward and is as hard working as anyone else along the backline. When in form City’s first choice left back, in my opinion.
Javi Garcia – 8
Arguably Garcia’s best performance in a City shirt. Quick in the tackle, decisive passing and generally protected the back four well. Regular target for the boo boys but you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who could criticise his performance yesterday. Outstanding.
Yaya Toure – 8
Refused to be restricted by Chelsea this time around and was able to dictate play throughout the ninety minutes. Few can stop Yaya when he is this mood.
James Milner – 7.5
Along with Zabaleta he managed to diminish the impact of Hazard on the game, which was a must after last time out. Also got forward down the right to great effect and provided a brilliant cross which Edin Dzeko should have finished.
David Silva – 9
The most dangerous player on the pitch. Silva floated all over the midfield and Chelsea could not pick him up. Was involved in everything City did going forward and worked hard defensively. A beautiful assist for Nasri’s goal and was afforded a valuable rest ahead of Barcelona on Tuesday when he was substituted with 20 minutes left.
Stevan Jovetic – 9
A top performance from Jovetic. Provides something different to our other strikers and was good value for his well taken goal. Regularly drops deep to link the midfielders and strikers and always looks to bring other players into the game. Surely must feature against Barcelona on Tuesday.
Edin Dzeko – 8
A good performance from the Bosnian. Lead the line well and appears to have a good understanding with Jovetic. His assist for Jovetic’s opener was perfectly weighted and he could have got on the scoresheet himself had he connected with Milner’s excellent cross.
Samir Nasri – 8
An excellent and timely return for the Frenchman. A beautifully taken goal capped a great cameo. It is clear from this performance alone what City have been missing in his absence.
Jesus Navas – 7
The last thing you want when you’re flagging is to have Jesus Navas running at you. Unfortunately for Chelsea that is what they had to deal with as they whimpered out of the FA Cup.
Alvaro Negredo – 7
Helped keep the pressure on Chelsea as City saw out the game in relative comfort.
Written by Rob Toole