After City hammered Sheffield Wednesday to earn a place in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup, Richard Burns rates the performances of the Blues…
Cabellero – 7
It doesn’t really get much easier for a goalkeeper than this but he did well with the one real save he was forced into. His distribution was impressive.
Sagna – 6
Another player whose night could be described as largely uneventful. Still work to be done on his link up play when he’s attacking, but this was a positive performance, albeit on what proved to be a straightforward night.
Demichelis – 6
A perfectly competent showing without ever having to be anything more than adequate. Slotted well into midfield when the game had already been won.
Mangala – 7
Another impressive game for the new boy. The early signs are that his reading of the game is exceptional, though on the rare occasion that fails him his pace will dig him out of trouble. Never looked troubled and distributed the ball well.
Kolarov – 6
Set up a goal for Džeko but other than that he did little to stand out, though like his fellow defenders he didn’t really need to. No real faults to be found here.
Navas – 9
His pace and delivery tormented the visitors and they couldn’t live with him in the second half. His goal put the tie beyond any doubt and was an absolute beauty to boot.
Lampard – 8
Clearly still has a lot to offer. Passing and vision are still a joy to watch and he still knows where the net is. Age might be taking it’s toll on the legs ever so slightly, but not on his mind. His experience is obvious and the economical use of the ball is impressive.
Fernandinho – 7
Played his part in City winning control of the midfield and didn’t put a foot wrong all night.
Milner – 7
He’s just James Milner, all the time, which is a thing to be celebrated. He did all of the things that he does. Like City overall, he was more productive in the second period but his work rate and desire to test Wednesday’s defence were obvious throughout.
Toure – 7
Impressive without being outstanding, he imposed himself on the game and got involved in three goals. His work in creating the second was particularly impressive. Another performance that suggests his slow start to the season could be behind him
Džeko – 7
Hard to fault a two-goal performance from a lone striker. Grew in influence, though hesitancy in the first half may have been indicative of a lack of confidence. Goals will do him the world of good.
Pozo – 7
Looked comfortable on the ball and grabbed a goal. A perfect debut for the promising Spaniard.
Boyata – 6
Came on when the game was dead and barely had a thing to do, which is always a relief.
Sinclair – 6
Another who came on when the game was already won. Had no influence on anything.
written by Richard Burns