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Silva Gets 9, De Bruyne With 8.5 | Manchester City Players Rated In Dominant Win Vs Real Madrid

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Manchester City entertained Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium earlier tonight as they look to pick up a win and book a place in the final of the UEFA Champions League. Pep Guardiola‘s men made an electric start to the game as they scored the opening goal in the 23rd minute thanks to Bernardo Silva’s clinical finish. Silva doubled Man City’s advantage just 14 minutes later with a great finish. The home team went into the half-time break 2-0 up on the scoreline.

Manuel Akanji put daylight between the two sides when he scored in the 76th minute before Julian Alvarez got his name on the scoresheet in injury time. The contest ended with Man City earning a dominant 4-0 win at home.

Let’s take a look at how each Manchester City player performed during the match against Los Blancos.

GK: Ederson – 7.5/10

The Brazilian keeper made a few solid saves at the back and secured a well-deserved clean sheet at the Etihad tonight.

CB: Kyle Walker – 7.5/10

He was a positive influence at both ends of the field and would be quite happy with the clean sheet.

CB: Ruben Dias – 7/10

The Portuguese talent got stuck in with some solid tackles and was accurate with his ball distribution.

CB: Manuel Akanji – 8.5/10

Akanji didn’t do much wrong on the defensive end of the field and got himself a goal in the second half.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Manuel Akanji celebrates with Erling Haaland of Manchester City after an own goal by Eder Militao of Real Madrid (not pictured) Manchester City’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium on May 17, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

CM: John Stones – 7/10

He controlled the game well from midfield and was strong in the air.

CM: Rodri – 8/10

The Spaniard anchored the midfield with conviction and had some bright moments in the Real Madrid half.

RW: Bernardo Silva – 9/10

Silva was a constant menace in the final third and scored a quick-fire brace in the first half which gave his team a good platform to secure a convincing win tonight.

CM: Kevin de Bruyne – 8.5/10

He was always looking to create chances for others around him and has got two assists to show for his efforts.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10

The German talent caused a few headaches for the opposition defenders but failed to register a goal.

LM: Jack Grealish – 8/10

He completed some dangerous dribbles on the left wing and managed to engineer some meaningful openings for his teammates.

ST: Erling Haaland – 7/10

The Norway international was a real handful for the opposition centre-backs but will be disappointed after failing to score a goal.


RW: Riyad Mahrez – 6/10

His impact on the game was minimal.

CAM: Phil Foden – N/A

Foden came on for the final few minutes of the game.

ST: Julian Alvarez – N/A

He came off the bench and managed to score in injury time.

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