Man City player ratings as Kyle Walker and Phil Foden impress vs Chelsea

by duceditor

Manchester City breezed past Chelsea in the FA Cup with Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden on the scoresheet

Ortega: Nothing to do, with just the one Chelsea shot on target that will have been quickly forgotten. 6

Walker: Given license to roam down the right wing and did not waste it, clocking up an assist and besting Chelsea all game. 8

Akanji: Calmly dealt with anything that came his way and worked well with Walker to push City forward. 7

Laporte: Covered the space as Gomez pushed further forward, happy being the last line of defence mopping up any Chelsea attacks. 7

Gomez: Gave City an outlet going forward and wide that they haven’t had, but almost cost the team with a rash challenge at the back. 6

Rodri: Enjoyed the company of Gomez and Bernardo alongside him at various points but cruised through the game before a deserved early change. 7

Bernardo: Further back than many would have expected as a sweeper of a midfielder before belatedly pushing up. No issues. 7

Palmer: Tentative early on but grew into the game and his forward play led to the second goal. 7

Mahrez: A great goal, made some entertaining runs and impressive challenges even if it was a shame Palmer was kept off the right wing. The penalty topped off his day 9

Foden: Outjumping Kalidou Koulibaly was quite something to see, and the goal was taken with trademark brilliance of touch. 8

Alvarez: Ran for everything, laughed off Kepa’s attempts to disrupt him for the penalty, and then ran some more. 7


Phillips (for Rodri, 59): Difficult to judge with the game already won, but a quiet afternoon is no bad thing in that position. 6

Cancelo (for Gomez, 59): Back at left-back and looked far more comfortable, although still some races to get back into defence. 6

Lewis (for Bernardo, 86): No time

Not used: Ederson, Stones, Ake, Lewis, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Haaland

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