Manchester City finally created a grand Champions League night at The Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, coming from behind to beat 10-man Bayern Munich 3-2. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick, including a stoppage time winner to cap an incredible finale. Despite the result though, City weren’t entirely convincing.
So how did the players fare individually? Find out below with our ratings – each scored out of ten.
Hart – 6 – Given his form recently he’ll have been extremely disappointed to have been left so flat-footed for Xabi Alonso’s free kick that leveled the scores. He had however already made an excellent block at 0-0 and could do little about Lewendowski’s goal. Kicking was atrocious.
Sagna – 6 – Made a decent start and his forward runs were more prominent than usual. Faded as the game progressed and will be annoyed at not having done more to ward off the Lewendowski strike that put Bayern ahead. A reasonable back up to Pablo Zabaleta, but he is no replacement for the Argentine on such a big stage.
Kompany – 7 – He’s been a bit below his best recently but this was a step up. Good without being outstanding, he still lead by example. He never lets his head drop and need stops believing in himself and his team. There is no doubt his focus and drive is an inspiration to his teammates.
Mangala – 7 – He was always the right man for the job on this night – his pace against a team like Bayern was always going to be an asset. Looked confident and comfortable on the front foot. He was clumsy in giving away the set piece that Alonso scored from and so must take some blame for that goal, but this performance was the first since his debut against Chelsea to demonstrate just how good the Frenchman could be.
Clichy – 6 – The extended run in the team afforded to him by Kolarov’s injury is doing him the world of good. He was exceptional in the derby, very good against Swansea and competent again here. Very few players will have a comfortable night against the extraordinary Arjen Robben but Clichy did a good job against him and was more than happy to attack down the left.
Fernando – 5 – There was nothing eye-catching about the Brazilian’s display but he was ok. Can’t find fault with him, but there wasn’t a massive amount to enthuse about either. Still settling back in after his injury.
Milner – 5 – Enjoyed his best night in a City shirt when he scored the winner in Munich last year. He was unable to hit those heights again though. For a player who prefers playing the centrally, he will be disappointed at how little influence he exerted on proceedings.
Lampard – 7 – How easy it is to forget now that pretty much every observer thought he would be a bit part player over his six month stay with City. Now the popular consensus is that his stay must be extended. He continues to defy his years by being a key and active player amongst much younger legs, even against the best in the world. Played the pass that lead to the penalty for City’s opener and nearly scored a memorable goal that just went wide. What a thoroughly impressive player he is.
Navas – 6 – Always wanted the ball and City seemed to see him as their best option for a long time. His end product is massively below par though. In theory, he is fast enough and skilful enough to beat any defender but once opponents double up on him he’s done for. He is perhaps best reserved as an impact player in games of this magnitude.
Nasri – 6 – Not as influential or creative as he would have liked but he certainly wasn’t bad. The technical proficiency of the visitors, even with ten men, starved him of the opportunity to conduct play but he did continue to probe when he had the ball at is feet.
Agüero – 10 – I hate to give full marks because everybody can always do better but this score awards itself. With three shots and three goals, the striker couldn’t really have done much more. He is in such confident mood that he wants to do everything himself and more often than not he can. He stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the current best in the world now – where on Earth would City be without him?
Jovetic – 7 – Earns his mark for impact alone – he had a hand in the equaliser and winner. Not a bad way to mark his night, given that he was sent on when his team was losing.
Zabaleta – 6 – It was a surprise he didn’t start. Shored things up at right-back when he replaced Sagna who had lost his way somewhat.
Demichelis – No score – Came on in stoppage time – no time to score him.
Written by Richard Burns – you can follow him on Twitter