FC Basel 0-4 Manchester City: Player Ratings
Pep Magic was on full display as Manchester City tore through FC Basel in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie
Manchester City travelled to Switzerland for the first leg of their Round of 16 tie against FC Basel. They looked to put the tie to bed in the first leg itself and they did succeed in doing so.
The first half was very clearly just a one-sided affair. Manchester City attacked at will and breezed to a 3-goal advantage in just a wink. Ilkay Gundogan headed in the first from a corner while Bernardo Silva scored the second with a well-placed volley. Sergio Aguero then scored the final goal of the half from distance, placing the ball into the bottom left corner with precision.
The second half was a less tormenting period for the Basel fans and players, as City could only manage a single goal, courtesy a beautiful strike from Ilkay Gundogan. On that note, here's a look at how players performed for either side:
Tomas Vaclik: 7.5/10
While Vaclik did make a few great saves and blocks throughout the match, this was definitely not his best performance. He should have probably saved the Aguero goal.
Taulant Xhaka: 5/10
Xhaka had a shocker of the game. Though many might argue that he was not provided adequate cover by his midfield, Xhaka could still have done a better job at keeping City away. He moved into the midfield in the second half and was better thereon.
Leo Lacroix: 4/10
A completely underwhelming performance as he was nowhere to be found during City's goals.His missed headed clearance fell for Bernardo Sliva, who then went on to score with a fine volley. He would like to forget the night quite quickly.
Marek Suchy: 5/10
Like his centre-back partner, Suchy too had a miserable performance at the heart of FC Basel’s defence. He was left for dead by Aguero and company throughout the match and never really could put up a fight against City attackers, especially in the first half. He did make a few important interceptions and tackles to keep the scoreline respectable.
Michael Lang: 5/10
Though he started well, he faded as the match wore on. He did not trouble Fabian Delph much and did not quite track the runs of City attackers on his side, who looked dangerous. He should be disappointed with how things turned out.
Fabian Frei: 5/10
The central defensive midfielder was fairly anonymous and was effectively marked out of the game by City's midfielders. He will look forward to improving his performance after a tough outing.
Geoffroy Serey Die: 5/10
Serey Die put in a decent display in the midfield as he screened his defence to some extent and also distributed the ball intelligently. However, he struggled against Kevin De Bruyne and lost him several times.
Bias Riveros: 3.5/10
One of many Basel players who could not perform to their full potential, he struggled in defence as Silva and Kyle Walker looked quite threatening on his side of the pitch. He did not contribute much to attack too apart from a few decent runs.
Valentin Stocker: 4/10
This was again a game to forget for Stocker, who has been one of Basel's better player this season, barring this fixture. He struggled to cause too many problems and his final passes were poor. He failed to provide any end product as Basel struggled to score.
Mohamed Elyounoussi: 4.5/10
Elyounooussi worked hard tirelessly but could not get better of Vincent Kompany or Nicolas Otamendi. His decision making was quite erratic and he never could get in any decent attacking positions.
Dimitri Oberlin: 5.5/10
The forward made one or two excellent runs across the box but without any end product. He certainly was one of the better attackers for Basel and certainly could have used some help from his teammates.
Albian Ajeti: 5/10
Brought on for Stocker when the game was truly out of hand for Basel, he did nothing to change the outcome. One can argue that he did not have enough time to score or do much with the ball.
Kevin Bua: N/A
Was brought on to replace Mohamed Elyounoussi in the 85th minute, but didn't have enough time to influence the game.