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Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0: City player ratings as the FA Cup holders make their way to the FA Cup final

Here are City’s player ratings as Manchester City booked their place in this season’s FA Cup final with a 1-nil win over Chelsea at Wembley. Pep Guardiola’s side showed all their winning mentality and determination to overcome fatigue and a determined Chelsea side to book their place in this season’s FA Cup final.

For Pep Guardiola’s side, they overcame an absurd match and the absence of Erling Haaland to beat Chelsea. Bernardo Silva scored City’s winner in the 84th minute when he tapped in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross to put the FA Cup holders ahead. They would then dig in defensively to keep Chelsea at bay and seal a famous win.



It wasn’t Manchester City at their sparkling best, but the match was never going to see a dominant Manchester City performance. Considering that they had played 120 minutes of intense football against Real Madrid a few days earlier, it was a remarkable victory for the world champions. Pep Guardiola’s side showed everything that has made them so successful in recent seasons as they dug in and tried their luck to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The win speaks volumes for City’s character and shows why City have been so dominant in domestic and European football in recent times.

Here are City’s player ratings from a famous victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Ratings for city players

Stefan Ortega-8/10: Ortega was fantastic in goal again. He made a number of crucial saves to prevent Chelsea from taking the lead. His contribution was crucial in Manchester City’s victory.

Kyle Walker-7/10: He started poorly as he looked tired in the early stages. Walker grew in the match, especially defensively, as his pace neutralized Chelsea’s threat on half-time.

John Stones – 5/10: It is clear that John Stones is not completely fit. He doesn’t look anywhere near his best, and his performance in the first half was well below his usual high standards.

Manuel Akanji-8/10: A great performance from Akanji. The Swiss international was arguably City’s man-of-the-match with a great all-round performance.

Nathan Ake-7/10: A typical no-nonsense display from Ake. Did his job as a left back with minimal fuss.

Rodri-7/10: City’s midfield general looked tired early on but grew as the match progressed. When Pep Guardiola’s side need him, he is there as he grew into the game in the second half.

Kevin De Bruyne-7.5/10: He wasn’t at his best, but he wished his side to victory. Put on City’s winner and never stopped working on an inspiring performance.

Phil Foden-7/10: At times he threatened to be the match winner and played a central role in midfield. His class was clearly visible during City’s hard-fought victory.

Bernardo Silva-7/10: No one deserved the match-winning moment more than Bernardo. He showed his incredible mental strength to bounce back from Wednesday night’s disappointment and score City’s late winner.

Jack Grealish-7/10: Before his substitution, he was arguably City’s biggest attacking threat. Was on the receiving end of a tough Moises Caceido challenge that ended his day.

Julian Alvarez – 6/10: He toiled as usual, but had no impact on the game. His work rate can never be faulted, but he needs to offer more.

Substitutes

Ruben Dias-7/10: Dias helped keep City’s defense steady after being introduced at half-time.

Jeremy Doku-7.5/10: Another great cameo from Doku from the bench. He tormented Chelsea’s defense and played a key role in Bernardo Silva’s winner.

Oscar Bobb-N/A: Not on long enough to mark.

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