Manchester City player ratings: Caballero struggles; £32m man off form

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We rate Manchester City's players from last night's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup.

Willy Caballero - 4

Beaten too easily for both goals and looked uncomfortable. There has been talk of Caballero potentially breaking into the starting line-up ahead of Joe Hart this season, but he will have to perform better than this if he is to do so. 

Bacary Sagna - 4

His passing was wayward and his defending was also well short of the quality required. Final ball, when he did manage to get forward, was poor. 

Martin Demichelis - 6 

Arguably City's best performer on the night, Demichelis looked the most comfortable of all of the team's back-four. 

Eliaquim Mangala - 3

Mangala may still be adjusting to English football, but for the £31.8 million that City expended to sign the centre-back off Porto they would have been expecting a better immediate return on their investment. His performance last night was well short of the quality required and if he is struggling that badly against Newcastle United's reserve-team concerns over his quality must be starting to arise. 

Aleksandar Kolarov - 5

Didn't threaten going forward, but wasn't to blame for either of Newcastle's goals. An average performance from the Serbian international. 

James Milner - 4 

Posed very little threat in an attacking sense and never really got involved with the game against his former club.

Fernandinho - 3

Caught dallying in possession for the first-goal, he looked well off the pace in this match. Usually a high-octane, all-action midfielder, this was not Fernandinho at his best. 

Yaya Toure - 3

The season hasn't started yet for the central-midfielder. Such a key figure in City's title run last campaign, scoring bag-fulls of goals from midfield, Toure has hit the back of the net just twice this campaign and he was anonymous last night. 

David Silva - N/A

Not on long enough to be judged. City will be hoping his injury is not too serious.

Edin Dzeko - 4

Nothing seemed to come off for Dzeko in what was a frustrating night for the Bosnian. Didn't receive much service, but was lacking quality when he did. 

Stefan Jovetic - 3

A slow start after returning from injury. Jovetic had been one of City's star performers over the early part of the season, but he looks as if he will need some sharpening up before he gets back to his best again. Missed three decent chances to score. 

Substitutes:

Samir Nasri - 4

Barely noticeable. Nasri can be a match-winner on his day, but he didn't cause the Newcastle defence any bother last night.

Jesus Navas - 4

No real impact on the match and missed a sitter late on which could have brought his side back into the match. 

Sergio Aguero - 5 

Only on for the final 20 minutes and was always available, but he never really had a presentable opportunity to score. 

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