Man City v Chelsea ratings: Zinchenko impresses; nine Chelsea stars disappoint

Date published: Sunday 10th February 2019 7:11

during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Sergio Aguero was in masterful form for Man City, but several Chelsea stars were way off the pace in Sunday’s drubbing at the Etihad.

Aguero scored a record-equalling hat-trick as City powered back to the top of the Premier League with a sensational 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea.

The prolific Argentinian joined Alan Shearer on 11 Premier League trebles as the champions returned to their ruthless best in a one-sided encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

How did the players rate?

 

Manchester City

Ederson: Made a wonderful save to tip over an equally-superb volley from Gonzalo Higuain but was kept relatively quiet as City’s attackers came to the fore. 7 (out of 10)

Kyle Walker: An assured performance from the England full-back as he kept Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard subdued. 7

John Stones: Was regularly able to disrupt Chelsea’s rare forays forward. 7

Aymeric Laporte: Chelsea’s attacking might was strangled by his and Stones’ interventions. 7

Alexander Zinchenko: A tireless performance from City’s left-back, whose cross allowed Raheem Sterling to complete the scoring. 8

Ilkay Gundogan: Took his goal well and rarely conceded possession, justifying his selection ahead of David Silva. 7

Fernandinho: Usual busy presence in the centre of midfield. 7

Kevin De Bruyne: His quick thinking from a free-kick freed Bernardo Silva on the right, leading to City’s opener. Starting to show signs of his best form after an injury-plagued season. 7

Bernardo Silva: Gave Marcos Alonso a torrid time on Chelsea’s left-hand side. Was regularly in the thick of the action and provided the assist for Sterling to open the scoring. 8

Sergio Aguero: Conspired to miss from two yards but proved his class by expertly finding the top corner from distance. Scored twice more for his 11th Premier League hat-trick. 9

Raheem Sterling: A dynamic performance saw the England forward book-end the scoring while he won the penalty that helped Aguero bag his third. 8

 

Substitutes

Gabriel Jesus (on for Aguero, 65): Had a couple of opportunities to get on the score sheet but was unable to take them. 6

Riyad Mahrez (on for De Bruyne, 68): Gave City fresh legs in the latter stages. 6

David Silva (on for Fernandinho, 75): Opened up Chelsea’s defence for Zinchenko to tee up Sterling’s second. 7

 

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga: Probably should have done better with Gundogan’s low strike but was relatively blameless for the City onslaught. 5

Cesar Azpilicueta: Conceded the penalty after tripping Sterling, who gave his Spanish marker a tough afternoon. 5

Antonio Rudiger: Unable to contain the relentlessness of Aguero. 5

David Luiz: Was powerless to stem the tide. 5

Marcos Alonso: Unable to handle the creativity of the indefatigable Bernardo Silva, especially in the first half. 5

N’Golo Kante: A below-par performance from the Frenchman, who sometimes found himself bypassed. 5

Jorginho: Found himself overrun at times although he was always a willing runner. 6

Ross Barkley: Inexplicably headed towards his own goal which allowed Aguero to score his second and City’s third, effectively ending any hope of a comeback. 4

Pedro: A largely anonymous display from the Spaniard. 5

Gonzalo Higuain: Long-distance volley well saved by Ederson but was unable to impose himself. 6

Eden Hazard: Caught napping for City’s opener, allowing Bernardo Silva to latch on to De Bruyne’s free-kick, and his mazy runs often came to nothing. 5

during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

 

Substitutes

Mateo Kovacic (for Barkley, 52): Brought on to shore up Chelsea’s midfield. 6

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (on for Pedro, 65): Could not make an impact. 5

Emerson (on for Alonso, 73): Tidy enough from the Italian. 6

 

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