After a game which put us fans through the wringer we turned to Anis Bazza to rate the Manchester City players…
Hart – 6
Rarely tested throughout the game as Chelsea’s chances were limited. Helpless for the goal.
Zabaleta – 7
Dominated Hazard on the right flank only six months after being spun all over the place by the same player. Showed great character and desire through his trademark buccaneering runs that were evident all game. The sight of him grabbing Costa by the hair was only bettered by the standing ovation he got from the City fans.
Kompany – 8.5
Another superb game from Kompany who showcased his usual big-game pedigree by completely shutting out the league’s in-form player. His first half-tussle with Costa was a wonderful sight while his usual positivity on the ball helped build up our attacks from the back.
Mangala – 8.5
Best City debut since Aguero? The young Frenchman executed a wonderful lesson on how to play in a high-line against a counter-attacking team. He pressured high up the pitch with purpose and broke several dangerous Chelsea counters, showcasing not only his athletic physical attributes but his fantastic mental awareness to pickpocket Costa several times.
Kolarov – 6
A quiet performance from Kolarov who faced no fixed winger against Chelsea. Found it hard to whip in any good balls against a team that defends so excellently in it’s box. One wonders why he still hasn’t been placed on corner duty (more on that later).
Another top sh*t-housing performance from Fernandinho whose fast becoming one of my favourite players. He constantly broke-up Chelsea’s attacks – racking up a neat 5 interceptions – and disrupted any hold they had on the game with some darn good tactical fouling.
Yaya Toure – 7
After all that was written/talked about him this week, Toure turned in another good performance against a team he enjoys playing against. Dictated the game with ease and bullied a weak Cesc into submission. More of this, please.
James Milner – 9 – Man of the Match
Supreme. If there ever was a game that epitomised everything great about Milner it was this: marauding runs down the wing, an incredible engine and a glorious one-two with Silva to set up Lampard.
I really hate saying this but he was *literally* everywhere, playing a massive 4 key passes with a pass completion rate of 97% at one end and putting in 6 successful tackles at the other. Milner seems to grow from strength to strength under Pellegrini and it would be a travesty to see him leave for nothing next summer. My man of the match.
David Silva – 6.5
Despite playing an absolute pearler for the goal, Silva was relatively quiet during the game, unable to thread any balls through a very deep defence. His corners were perhaps the biggest talking point of his game yesterday and it’s to not hard see why: they’re not very good. Someone like Kolarov, perhaps, could exploit the excellent aerial ability that we possess.
Edin Dzeko – 6
Although his build-up play was good, his shooting was erratic and way off the mark. Still gob-smacked he’s yet to score this season.
Aguero – 6.5
Looking sharper than ever but another technical player who struggled to make an impact in a very physical game.
Bacary Sagna – 6
Filled in with ease.
Jesus Navas – 6
Brought on to stretch play and he did exactly so.
Frank Lampard – 7
How about that eh’? A move that was ridiculed by the masses has bore fruit for the first time. Lampard is probably the greatest goal-scoring midfielder of all time and his goal was a perfect reminder of that. The timing of the run and the adjustment of his body was fantastic while the wounded Mourinho trying to down-play it as sentimental was even better.
Written by Anis Bazza