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The Player Ratings As Chelsea Show Grit To Topple Man City

The Player Ratings As Chelsea Show Grit To Topple Man City
By David Kent

Man City and Chelsea played out an entertaining X-X draw/game which came to life just before half-time. Gary Cahill spectacularly turned Jesus Navas' cross into his own net.

The second half was an absolute cracker as Kevin De Bruyne was punished almost immediately for a shocking miss by Diego Costa's equaliser. Antonio Conte's side would grab a spectacular second , going from box-to-box in about nine seconds. Hazard put the icing on the cake before it all got a little ugly.

But who had a stormer and who should've done better? We've all the player ratings

Man City:

Claudio Bravo: 6

Couldn't complain about the first or third goals after being let down by poor defending. Claimed most of what came his way, but should have done better to stop Willian's goal.

John Stones: 6

Had a couple of hairy moments but a 100% pass accuracy in the first half  and a solid(ish) second half which ended with 12 to go as Pep rolled the dice.

Nicolas Otamendi: 5

Will be disappointed to be shrugged off so easily by Costa for the equalizer and even more disappointed with his contribution to Willian's goal.

Aleksander Kolarov: 5

Made more passes than any Chelsea player in the first half, but faded in the second half. Outpaced by Hazard for Chelsea's third.

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Fernandinho: 5

Thought he had given City the lead 25 minutes in only to be ruled offside. Quiet until the last minute when he was sent off for choking Cesc Fabregas and pushing him over the advertising boards

Ikay Gundogan: 6

Solid if not spectacular performance, as you would expect from Gundogan. Had one burst forward before being yanked off for Yaya with fifteen to go.

Jesus Navas : 6

Was caught out badly when defending as Hazard got in behind him, but his cross deflected off Cahill for the opener. Can't seem to knock his habit of not beating the first man though.

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Leroy Sane: 6

Started to threaten in the second half but couldn't seem to escape the claws of Moses. Subbed off with 22 minutes left for Gael Clichy as Guardiola shuffled his pack

David Silva :6

Put in cross after a cross to no avail. Couldn't light the fuse and that was probably the reason City lost. Bar the utterly woeful defending.

Kevin De Bruyne: 5

Really couldn't get into the game, despite a lot City's attacks going down his side in the first half. Should've scored at the start of the second and somehow blazed off the bar from inside the six yard box. Was a costly mistake.

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 Sergio Aguero: 5

A lot of City's attacks went through the Argentine, with all of their shots in the first half coming from him. Just couldn't manage to get any of them past Courtois and it cost the Citizens. Sent off late on for one of the worst tackles in the history of football.

Gael Clichy: 5

Came on on 68 minutes and City were behind on 69. Not the best cameo by Clichy.

Yaya Toure: N/A

Thrown on by Guardiola with little time left in the hope of a spectacular moment. It didn't happen.

Kelechi Iheanacho: N/A

Would've added more to his growing reputation in Manchester if he grabbed an equalizer, but only had one wayward effort from distance while on the pitch.

CHELSEA:

Thibaut Courtois: 6

Could do absolutely nothing about the opening goal, and made a couple of key saves from Aguero to frustrate the home crowd.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6

Did well to block a goal bound Aguero effort from six yards and was the best of Chelsea's back three (which admittedly, wasn't hard)

David Luiz : 6

Was typical David Luiz when bursting Aguero with a shoulder as the Argentinian chased down towards goal. Which evidently pissed off the striker as he attempted to break Luiz late on.

Gary Cahill: 5

Scored a specteacular own goal, and was almost responsible for a second after failing to communicate with Courtois. Got away with them though as Willian saved his blushes.

Victor Moses: 6

Has been Chelsea's shining star for the last couple of weeks, but didn't have a great game here. Moses coming up against a good friend like Jesus was always going to be difficult for him. HUGE tackle prior to second Chelsea goal to stop Aguero from scoring.

N'golo Kanté: 6

Booked. Nothing else of note. Solid showing from the ex-Leicester man.

Cesc Fabregas: 7

Fabregas was Chelsea's engine in the opening 45, but just couldn't find the final ball forward. Until an hour in when his peach of a ball to Costa for the equalizer, and ran the show.

Marcos Alonso: 7

Made more passes than any other Chelsea player in the first half as Conte tried to get down City's right hand side.

Pedro: 6

Had very little impact before being withdrawn early in the second half due to an ankle injury.

Diego Costa: 8

Was absolutely superb for the equalizer. Touch off the chest, held off Otamendi and low finish. Played a brilliant pass through for Willian's goal as Chelsea went one end to the other in six touches.

 Eden Hazard: 7

Was unselfish when he probably shouldn't have been after rounding Bravo in the first half. Improved as the game wore on and caused City a bit of bother when counter attacking. Finished off Chelsea's eighth win in a row.

Willian: 7

Made Chelsea a more attacking side after coming on and topped off a superb counter attack to give Chelsea the lead goal.

Nathaniel Chalobah: N/A

Had very little to do in very little time.

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