UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Manchester City 3-1 Barcelona - Player Ratings
Player Ratings from Manchester City's 3-1 win over Barcelona at the Etihad
When Barcelona demolished Manchester City 4-0 at Camp Nou, nobody was surprised. Everyone was expecting to see another match that had at least 4 goals going in but little did they expect Manchester City to put up such a strong fight.
Not only did Manchester City put up a fight, they managed to get a result that not many teams have got in the UEFA Champions League. Here are the player ratings from Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Barcelona at Etihad:
Caballero - 8/10
Didn't have much to do in the first half and was brilliant whenever he had to deal with the ball. Harsh to say that he could have done better to stop the goal but he could have put in a little more effort.
Zabaleta - 8/10
Was absolutely brilliant on the right side of the defence. Kept Neymar quiet throughout the game and did not give away too many fouls.
Stones - 7.5/10
Suarez humiliated him more than once in the match and Messi too did it a couple of times. Overall, you can say that his performance was exactly what Guardiola wanted.
Otamendi - 8/10
Rock solid at the back. Did not give Messi or Suarez any space to shoot and was quick to jump in and intercept the ball in dangerous positions.
Kolarov - 8.5/10
Best Manchester City defender by a mile today. Unlucky to have not got an assist for the brilliant crosses he put in and even more unlucky to have got booked for a something that was not even a foul.
Fernandinho - 7/10
Was hanging by a thread throughout the match until he was brought off after getting that booking early in the first half. Did well to put pressure on the Barcelona midfield and got even the ever so calm and consistent Busquets to make a lot of mistakes.
Gundogan - 9.5/10
TWO GOALS! That's right, Gundogan scored TWICE! He was in the right place at the right time for Manchester City and he proved to be the difference between the two clubs today. Won possession with ease and made some brilliant passes to start counter attacks.
Silva - 9/10
Silva was the core of every single counter attack by the Citizens. He was here, there, everywhere to collect the ball and make some insane passes! Would have easily been the Man of the match if it wasn't got Gundogan's two goals.
De Bruyne - 9/10
WHAT A FREE KICK! Many would say that the Barcelona keeper should have done better to save the free kick but the accuracy of the shot and the power behind it has to be appreciated. The hefty fee paid by Manchester City to sign him from Wolfsburg is all paying off!
Sterling - 8/10
If it wasn't for that dive early in the first half, he would have got a better rating. Did very well to keep Digne out of the game most of the time by pulling him out of position and dribbling past him like he wasn't even there.
Aguero - 8/10
The only thing that was missing from his performance today was a goal. He gave the Barcelona defenders a nightmare today and was leading the counter attacks all the time. Came close to scoring a few times but was unlucky to have not found the back of the net.
Fernando - 6/10
When Fernandinho was brought off 'due to an injury', Pep Guardiola turned to Fernando. The former FC Porto midfielder did very well to replicate when Fernandinho did in the midfield and was excellent overall.
Navas - 6.5/10
That run he made for the 3rd goal is something not many Manchester City fans would forget for a really long time. He was smart enough to stay onside and make the run at the right time and put in that brilliant cross which led to the goal.
Nolito - N/A
Came on as a late replacement for Sterling and did not have any significant impact on the game.