Champions League

Man City vs Real Madrid: Player Ratings

Man City, Six Sports

Man City was on the verge of their second consecutive champions league final until stoppage time.
It seems like the champagne will be in the freezer for a long time now as Rodrygo came from the bench to crash the very reason for the party.
You just can’t knock out the merengues, Paris was close, Chelsea was close, and Man City was very very close.

Man City Player Ratings

  • Ederson: Successful in containing Madrid’s attack but his actions were too sloppy in the injury time. It felt like he assumed Man City had the game in his pocket. 4/10
  • Kyle Walker: Displayed his speed and athleticism but somehow failed to contain Vinicíus Jr and left the pitch due to injury. 7/10
  • Rúben Dias: Made his presence felt until he pulled a rash tackle on Benzema and that too inside the box. 6/10
  • Aymeric Laporte earned a yellow in an illogical confrontation with no intentions. 7/10
  • João Cancelo demonstrated good defensive work but wasn’t strong as he made his comeback from injury. Walker left the pitch and things took a turn from the buildup Man City was making. 6/10
  • Kevin De Bruyne had some turbulence while gliding through the pockets of space. His substitution was surprising but had complete control of midfield. 8/10
  • Rodri had an influential presence and was quite alert about his position which restricted Modric’s built up. 8/10
  • Bernardo Silva was the best player for Man City who ran the game and set up the goal. 9/10
  • Riyad Mahrez cleverly send Courtois and merengue’s defense to the other side with his goal but had a difficult time on the pitch. 6/10
  • Gabriel Jesus with his form in recent games had high hopes attached to his shoulders. Except for the top corner shot everything else was pretty casual. 6/10
  • Phil Foden played as a false 9 and was subjected to very rough treatment. He came very close to scoring but was denied by a miraculous goal-line clearance. 5/10


Man City Substitutes

  • Raheem Sterling (Substituted on 99 for Rodri) was introduced late to the game in a home to settle the score but it was just too late. 5/10
  • Jack Grealish (Substituted on 78 for Jesus) with a couple of chances but was unable to convert the chances. 5/10
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (Substituted on 72 for Walker) performed with all his might and all his sight but his unavailability in the attack was a clear sign of defensive instruction. 7/10
  • Fernandinho (Substituted on 85 for Mahrez) anchored his defensive roles very well and fulfilled the void of the walker’s pace. 6/10

Real Madrid Player Ratings

  • Thibaut Courtois will be remembered at the Bernabéu for eternity. Putting his body on the line and producing saves, especially the save from Foden’s shot in the very last minute to keep Madrid alive. 10/10
  • Dani Carvajal after being tortured by Mbappe and Havertz in the previous fixtures has made a comeback. He initiated the attack and set up the pinpoint exact cross for the equalizer. 9/10
  • Nacho With speed and great athleticism didn’t set a single step wrong. Except for the goal scored by Mahrez where the defense should be further up in line, everything ran smoothly. 8/10
  • Éder Militão Lives on prayer but somehow suits his playing style dominated by clearances and tackles. He did absorb attacks but lacked efficiency. 6/10
  • Ferland Mendy Produced a miraculous goal-line clearance which kept the Los Blancos well in the game. His save went on to prove its worth in the stoppage time. 8/10
  • Valverde Had enough energy equivalent to someone with 7 lungs. He never isolated the defense and helped in absorbing the attack. 8/10
  • Luka Modric Played as a No 10 and built against Man City’s pressing to maintain possession. His efforts might not be visible except when he marked down De Bruyne. 6/10
  • Casemiro Had a rough game but maintained his invisibility as he escaped potential built up for a red card. Missing from his defensive role as he played up front to smoke the attack built up. 6/10
  • Toni Kroos Couldn’t dictate the game but was involved with Casemiro. Dropped as even false LB and sometimes took the role of third CB interchanging roles with Casemiro. Interchanging roles was essential in confusing Man City’s attack. 6/10
  • Vinícius Júnior exhausted Walker with his runs which he carried on for 120 minutes. His positioning throughout the game was commendable. He took care of the wing and often dropped to midfield assisting Kroos and Casemiro. 8/10
  • Karim Benzema is Unable to covert chances just like previous UCL fixtures. Stole the attention of Man City’s defense and earned a decisive penalty. 7/10


Real Madrid Substitutes

  • Rodrygo (Substituted on 68 for Kroos) He came, he saw and he scored two and became the catalyst just like he was against PSG and Chelsea. 10/10
  • Marco Asensio (Substituted on 75 for Casemiro) Came on but struggled to find his position like Casemiro but was spot on with defensive roles. 7/10
  • Eduardo Camavinga (for Modric 75) Two is always better than one and with Rodrygo he proved it too. Unparallel vision accompanied by work ethic were vital in Los Blanco’s clutch. 10/10
  • Jesús Vallejo (Substituted on 115 for Militão) was on the pitch for 5 minutes but with shoulders carrying the weight of Bernabeu. He played as third CB as Madrid went to defend their lead with everything they had. 6/10
  • Dani Ceballos (Substituted in 104 for Benzema) Kept the ball in narrow spaces and maintained possession. Along with Asensio absorbed most of Man City attacks and closed in on gaps. 7/10
  • Lucas Vázquez (Substituted on 115 for Vinícius) completed the back 5 in Los Blanco’s stoppage-time strategy and allowed Carvajal to operate centrally. His freshness added flexibility to the system. 6/10

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