Manchester City Player Ratings - Kompany shines, Clichy poor

Vincent Kompany Sent Off

How did Manchester City's players rate in their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League?

Here are the ratings for Manuel Pellegrini's side...

Joe Hart – 6 – Hart could certainly have done better with Dani Alves' goal late in the game, but couldn't be blamed for the gaping holes that appeared in the City defence.

Pablo Zabaleta – 6 – Zabaleta got up and down the pitch fairly well, but had to try and contain the likes of Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Jordi Alba down Barcelona's left, which stifled his attacking abilities.

Vincent Kompany – 8 STAR MAN – Kompany was evidently disappointed at the end of the game, but the Belgian turned in a solid display, particularly against Lionel Messi, dominating on the ground and in the air.

Martin Demichelis – 6 – Demichelis was actually having a decent game, playing well positionally though suspect in possession. His rash tackle on Lionel Messi changed the game though, as his dismissal led to Barca's domination.

Gael Clichy – 5 – Clichy had a poor game in all phases of the game, producing poor quality into the box when given the opportunity and being caught out of position in defence, particularly on Alves' goal.

Jesus Navas – 6 – failed to really trouble the Barcelona backline but put in some decent deliveries when given the chance. Went down too easily in the build up to Lionel Messi's opening goal.

Fernandinho – 7 – The Brazilian was thrust straight back into the lineup after an injury, and put in plenty off effort up and down the pitch with his energy.

Yaya Toure – 7 – Toure managed to break on a couple of his trademark driving runs, and managed to break up some City attacks and use his athleticism to get City going.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 6 – Serbian international Kolarov was put in the line up to offer defensive capabilities down the left flank, and whilst he did that, he failed to offer much in an attacking sense.

David Silva – 7 – Silva was one of City's few bright sparks, offering creativity and vision in the final third to try and break down the Barcelona defence.

Alvaro Negredo – 7 – Negredo was lively tonight, offering his usual powerful game which troubled Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano, and had a couple of half chances to give City the lead in the first half.

SUBSTITUTES

Joleon Lescott – 5 – the England international came in during a tough time for City, but failed to halt the Barcelona attack with some questionable positioning.

Samir Nasri – 7 – Nasri looked bright when he came on, and threatened in and around the penalty area on a number of occasions, including a snapshot from the edge of the box that was blocked.

Edin Dzeko – 6 – The Bosnian striker came on for Alvaro Negredo, but missed one of the biggest chances of the second half as he failed to lift the ball over Victor Valdes when through on goal.

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