Bayern Munich 2-3 Manchester City: Five interesting stats

Manchester City notched up a morale boosting win away to Champions League holders Bayern Munich.

Here are five interesting stats from the game...

1) Edin Dzeko (3) created more goalscoring opportunities than any other City player. 

2) Early substitute Pablo Zabaleta (6) made more tackles than any other player on the pitch.

3) Bayern's David Alaba put in 10 crosses but Manchester City's defence helped ensure just one found a teammate.

Thomas Muller - 7/10

Bright early on, Muller looked intent to trouble Aleksandar Kolarov and broke the deadlock after only five minutes. Gradually faded out as Milner put him under increasing pressure to limit space.

Mario Gotze - 7/10

Waltzed through the centre of the park at will in the formative stages of the match and duly got his goal on 12 minutes. Removed for the more defensive Javi Martinez early in the second half.

Toni Kroos - 6/10

Solid, if unspectacular. Was efficient in completing 96% of his passes but didn’t really leave a lasting impact on proceedings.

Franck Ribery – 5.5/10

A real menace for the opening quarter-hour, the Ballon d’Or candidate fell off the pace for the final 75 minutes and failed to be decisive with Bayern down 3-2 in the second half.

Mario Mandzukic – 5.5/10

Troubled with his movement only for final service to let him down. Departed for Xherdan Shaqiri midway through the second half.

Substitutes

Javi Martinez – 5/10

Was thrown on to provide a stiffer presence in midfield, only for City to strike twice just minutes later.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 6.5/10

Showed his dynamism in playing an advanced role, but couldn’t ever work enough space against a massed defence to trouble Joe Hart.

Manchester City

Joe Hart – 6.5/10

Beaten twice at no real fault of his early on. Saw out the remainder of the match confidently enough and stepped up when called upon.

Micah Richards – n/a

Saw only 15 minutes of action before limping off with an injury in a familiar sight for the Englishman.

Martin Demichelis – 6.5/10

Nowhere to be found against his former club in the opening exchanges. Eventually settled and marshaled the forces at the back with experience.

Joleon Lescott – 6.5/10

Like his partner in central defence, was all over the place as Bayern came flying out of the gate, but returned resolved in the second half to make life difficult for the Germans’ attack.

Aleksandar Kolarov - 7/10

Was typically troubled at the back but flourished on the break in combination with Milner. Cooly struck the penalty that brought City level just before the hour mark.

Javi Garcia – 5.5/10

Left too much space and was caught on the back foot whenever attackers ran at him with the ball. Not active enough in midfield.

Fernandinho - 7/10

After a torrid start, linked play well between the defence and attack. Shadowed Mandzukic in the second half to reduce his effectiveness off the ball.

Jesus Navas – 7/10

The first to show signs of life for City in bursting down the right flank at 2-0 down. Picked out Milner with a lovely ball across the penalty area for the winner.

David Silva – 7.5/10

Orchestrated the attack from the hole. Snatched City’s first through sheer determination. Looked fatigued late in the day and made way for the more physical Alvaro Negredo.

James Milner – 8.5/10

City’s outstanding performer on the evening. Set up Silva’s goal with a cranial assist, won Kolarov’s penalty in putting Dante in an awkward position and hit the winner with a lovely finish from 10 yards. Essential.

Edin Dzeko – 6/10

Held up play well at times, but had only one shot on goal. Didn’t do enough to convince Pellegrini a regular starting berth should be his.

Substitutes

Pablo Zabaleta – 7.5/10

Caught out twice by Ribery soon after coming on for Richards, but recovered and shut down the Frenchman for the rest of the encounter.

Alvaro Negredo – 6.5/10

Saw a 17 minute run-out for Silva. Touched the ball just eight times, though did force Neuer into a save down the stretch.

Jack Rodwell – n/a

Made a two minute cameo and had no impact on the outcome.

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