Man City 2 Chelsea 0: Player ratings as Edin Dzeko stars

Man City 2 Chelsea 0: Player ratings as the Citizens book their place in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final draw

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
Man City
2
Chelsea
0

Manchester City

Costel Pantilimon Looks a shadow of the imposing net-minder that ousted Joe Hart before Christmas. A couple of shaky moments in the first-half but virtually a spectator thereafter. 5/10

Pablo Zabaleta Typically energetic display by the full-back, who was allowed to venture forward freely throughout. 7

Vincent Kompany Commanding and authoritative as ever and brought organisation and calm to the back-four. However, had very little to worry about in truth. 7

Joleon Lescott Returned to the side seamlessly as he slotted in beside Kompany and was denied a goal late-on by the linesman’s flag. 7

Gael Clichy Worked tirelessly down the left flank but defended resolutely, giving Willian little room to manoeuvre. 7

James Milner The industrious midfielder saw plenty of the ball as City dominated for long periods but his influence waned as the game progressed. Swapped wings at regular intervals while giving Zabaleta plenty of protection in the latter stages. 7

Yaya Toure Mixed evening for the African Footballer of the Year. Was often left frustrated by Mikel and Matic’s close attention but managed to find space on a couple of occasions, most notably when he stung the palms of Cech early-on. 7

Javi Garcia Quiet but effective performance by the Spaniard, who sat on front of the defence with great authority. Marshalled Hazard and co as well as using possession efficiently. 7

David Silva Up until the second goal, Silva was on the periphery despite some silky touches. He burst into life, however, on the hour mark with a superb one-two with Nasri to seal City’s progression into the next round. Replaced just after the hour mark. 7

Stefan Jovetic City fans are finally seeing the best of the Montenegrin striker, who has endured a frustrating start to life in England thanks to a succession of niggling injuries. Clinically swept the hosts into a deserved lead during an all-round performance. A cynical dive, however, somewhat blotted his copybook. 8

Edin Dzeko (Man of the match) In the absence of Aguero and Negredo, Dzeko was asked to lead the line and did an excellent job in running the Blues defence ragged. His movement caused Luiz and Cahill continuous headaches and held the ball up exquisitely with some deft touches. Given a rest with ten minutes remaining. 8

Substitutes

Jesus Navas Came on to stretch proceedings once the second went in but didn’t see as much as the ball as expected despite a tiring and dispirited opposition. 6

Samir Nasri Sprung from the bench after the interval and marked his return from injury with a well-worked goal, which all but ended the game as a contest. 7

Alvaro Negredo N/A

Chelsea

Petr Cech Little blame could be attached to the goalkeeper for the two goals but perhaps his early slip – which Jovetic nearly benefited from – set the tone for the visitors. Despite City’s dominance, he had little else to do. 5

Branislav Ivanovic Was the hero of Chelsea’s league win at The Ethiad a couple of weeks ago but wasn’t an enjoyable return for the Serbian. 6

David Luiz The eccentric centre-back was deployed in his usual position and struggled to contend with the hosts’ movement and pace. 5

Gary Cahill Despite doubts being raised over his fitness, handed a start and seemed to struggle throughout. Was off the pace and not his usual self. Nonetheless, did make a couple of outstanding blocks. 5

Cesar Azpilicueta Solid performance at left-back but offers very little going forward, something that Ashley Cole has in his locker. Caught out for the first goal, allowing Jovetic free. 5

Nemanja Matic Has slotted into a blue jersey with ease since his January arrival but this wasn’t one of his better games. Overpowered in middle as he was unable to keep tabs with the energetic Milner and nimble Silva in the central areas. 6

John Obi Mikel Did his usual job of breaking up play and generally frustrating the opposition, but alongside Matic, gives Chelsea very little creativity and industry in the engine room. 6

Eden Hazard Quiet evening for the Belgian, who tried his best to ignite a comeback but didn’t have the spark which has seen him excel in recent weeks. A couple of bright moments apart, it was an off night for Hazard. 5

Ramires Didn’t have the usual influence on the game he normally does and was sacrificed for a striker as the visitors went in search of an equaliser. 4

Willian Could have been sitting on the bench, he was that ineffective and non-existent. Unsurprisingly, dragged off after the interval. 4

Samuel Eto’o Although the striker didn’t re-appear for the second-half, he was not to blame for this lethargic performance. The supply line was almost non-existent and Kompany and Lescott gave him not a moment to breath. 5

Substitutes

Mohamad Salah Sent on in hope he could change the momentum of the game but was played out of position and saw very little of the ball before reverting to his conventional wide berth. 5

Fernando Torres N/A

Oscar N/A

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