Date: 14th April 2013 at 8:30pm
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Petr Cech – 7

Made a couple of save throughout the match and commanded his area for the most part. Couldn’t be blamed for the goals conceded.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 5

The fullback had been showing signs of wear and tear after playing so many games in a short space of time recently, it really caught up with him today.

David Luiz – 5

Tried to help inspire a fightback late on and was active in the last twenty minutes as we chased an equaliser but was too often a spectator when City attacked, especially in the first half.

Branislav Ivanovic – 5.5

The Serbian can only seem to defend what is in front of him and is all too often caught leaving space behind. There was nothing clever about Sergio Aguero’s run for the second goal, it was just negligent on Ivanovic’s part. Did make one great block early on.

Ryan Bertrand – 6

Needs some work going forward but put plenty of effort in and had a decent game defensively. Denied Carlos Tevez joy on a few occasions with blocks and interceptions.

Ramires – 6.5

Erratic as always and not the most economic with the ball, but he ran from the first minute to the last and was probably our best central midfielder today.

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John Obi Mikel – 5

Hasn’t been his consistent self since returning from the African Cup of Nations. Was really poor today.

Eden Hazard – 6

Wasn’t his best game. Had an effort cleared off the line in the first half and caused problems after Demba Ba’s goal, but was too little too late.

Juan Mata – 5.5

Kept selling everyone short with passes and making the wrong decisions. He’s capable of much much better, just wasn’t his day.

Oscar – 4

I don’t want to be too harsh on a youngster and I’m sure we’ll see the Brazilian improve immensely in future, but he made the easy things look difficult today.

Demba Ba – 7

Did nothing of note until the goal and forced a block from the goalkeeper shortly afterwards. Didn’t see enough of the ball and who knows that he could have done had he had a little more help.


Fernando Torres – 7

Made an immediate impact by giving City’s defenders something else to think about which helped Ba, as he’d been isolated until then. Caused problems and could have earned himself a penalty, he was also unfortunate as a delayed run prevented him from reaching a Mata pass when on goal.

But that’s just my opinion and I’m open to everybody’s interpretation of today’s events, so have your say in the comments section below…

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