Manchester City romped past Schalke to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and take another step towards a historic quadruple of trophies. Pep Guardiola’s men registered an emphatic 10-2 aggregate win against their German opponents.
The hosts killed the game in the first half after a brace from Sergio Aguero and a lone goal from Leroy Sane handed them a 3-0 lead heading to the tunnel. Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus added four more to ensure that Schalke crashed out of the tournament in humiliating fashion.
The man of the moment was Sane, who put on a fine show against his former team. We take a look at how the other Manchester City players performed:
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3)
Ederson 6: Can’t be judged as he was a mere spectator on the pitch. Had one tame shot directed at him throughout the game.
Kyle Walker 7: Had zero defensive duties and played as an under-lapping full-back throughout, set Sterling into space on quite a few occasions.
Danilo 7: Put in a decent shift at centre-back in the absence of John Stones. Provided able support to Aymeric Laporte and linked well to play the ball out.
Aymeric Laporte 7: Solid performance at the back, but the visitors never provided him anything to work on.
Oleksander Zinchenko 8: Linked up very well on the left flank with Sane and bagged an assist after the German converted his exquisite pass.
Bernardo Silva 9: Won the penalty, dictated play and created plenty of opportunities. Scored a goal in the second half to hammer a couple more nails in the coffin.
Ilkay Gundogan 8: Played as an anchor in midfield in the absence of Fernandinho. Lofted a ball perfectly into the box to find Bernardo Silva, who won City the penalty.
David Silva 7: Nothing particularly magical from “El Mago” – in comparison to his team-mates. Distributed the ball around and maintained a good tempo throughout.
Raheem Sterling 8: Constant threat on the right flank, created quite a few goal-scoring opportunities. Set up Aguero’s second with a clever back-heel pass. Scored City’s fourth to further humiliate the opposition.
Sergio Aguero 8: Hit the post following a cut-back from Sterling early in the first half. Converted the penalty with a calm panenka finish. Scored a better one from a tight angle moments later.
Leroy Sane 9: After a relatively quiet start to the game, Sane latched onto Zinchenko’s defence-splitting pass to make it 3-0 and seal the fate of the game. He later went on to add three assists and complete a sublime performance.
Phil Foden 8: Scored a goal in a Champions League knockout game at the age of 18. Forced a couple of saves from the Schalke custodian and could easily have had one more.
Fabian Delph 6: Came on for the last 15 minutes, was not involved as much.
Gabriel Jesus 7: Came on for Aguero and finished what the Argentine started with a tremendous strike from the edge of the box.
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