Player ratings: Manchester City v Napoli

Hart – Grateful to his crossbar in the first half but suffered the indignity of a shot through his legs in the second. Also grateful to the captain for one goal line clearance. 6

Zabaleta – A steady, if unspectacular return. Levazzi never gave him chance to rest. 7

Kompany – In the right place at the right time for a crucial goal line clearance. Otherwise he was lucky not to be punished by Levazzi and Pandev for mistakes in each half. 6

Lescott – Joleon’s critics claim he isn’t up to this standard, but the England international was our best defender on the night. Waited a long time for his Champions League debut and appeared to relish it. 8

Kolarov (Clichy 75 mins) – A fantastic equaliser redeemed an indifferent performance. Too many crosses failed to reach a blue shirt while he rarely got tight enough to Hamsik. 6

Y Toure – Fantastic in the first half where his distribution and powerful runs stood out. Appeared to run out of steam in the second period and failed to give the defence enough protection. 7

Barry – Less conspicuous than Yaya but still efficient in the opening period. Apparently not fully fit and it showed in the second period, culminating in the disastrous backheel that triggered the Napoli goal. 6

Silva – Napoli’s answer to the Spaniard’s fleet of foot was classic old school Italian defending. Silva survived but wasn’t able to prosper in terms of creating clear cut openings. 7

Aguero – Lovely lay off for Yaya to strike the woodwork and unlucky to hit the bar himself. Otherwise struggled to find the freedom he’s enjoyed against Premier League defences. 7

Dzeko (Tevez 80 mins) – Led the line excellently. Edin’s hold-up play is unrecognizable from last season. 7

Nasri (Johnson 75 mins) – His least effective performance in a City shirt. Expect Mancini to iron out those Arsenal tendencies of over elaborating in the final third. 6


Clichy – Offered pace and a surer touch than Kolarov when he came on. Surprising not to see him start. 6

Johnson – Offered a directness that lifted the crowd and provided a greater threat than the subtlety of Nasri. 7

Tevez – Not on long enough to affect the game. His effectiveness in dropping deep gave us a stronger presence in midfield. 6

Man of the match: Tough to single anyone out, so it goes to Dzeko for his continued good form.

Champions League preview: Manchester City v Napoli
Verdict: Manchester City 1 Napoli 1


  1. very good analysis and ratings. Lescott WAS excellent. (where did MEN get its ratings from?) The other thing I noticed was that we had four (very good) forwards players – Dzeko, Nasri, Aguero, Silva but they all played right through the middle and ended up trying to get through a traffic jam. Johnson made a difference.

    • Thanks Steve. Lescott is definitely a Marmite player for a lot of people. Personally I think he’s built for the Premier League where height are strength are more important than in Europe. However he’s clearly up for the challenge of Kolo and did well last night.

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