Manchester City vs Real Madrid Player Ratings: Kyle Walker tames Vinicius Jr as Bernardo Silva steals show

May 17th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Manchester City took a significant step towards winning the Treble by dispatching Real Madrid 4-0 in their Champions League semi-final second leg.

Rarely has a contest between the two favourites for the competition been so one-sided, with Pep Guardiola’s team completely superior to their Spanish opponents in all departments.

Two goals from Bernardo Silva put City in control before half-time, after Thibaut Courtois twice denied Erling Haaland. Eder Militão’s own goal put the tie beyond doubt in the second half, before Julian Alvarez added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time.

Man City (3-2-4-1)
Barely touched the ball as City enjoyed he majority of possession and Real could not get close to the Brazilian’s goal. Had to keep his concentration levels up and rush out when needed. 6

Kyle Walker
Chosen again for his pace to face Vini Jr and when he was exposed one-on-one against the Brazil forward, showed his speed and experience to win the ball. Had to be disciplined with his positioning. 9

Ruben Dias
Battle with Benzema which saw him use his physique against the France striker. He was the big presence in the back line for City, the constant central defender while others changed position. 8

Manuel Akanji
Headed into danger area for a big Haaland chance and was as threat with his height at set-pieces, which was rewarded with his goal towards the end. Covered the left flank well when City went into a flat-back four. 8

John Stones
Looks so comfortable in his dual role, protecting a back three when City have the ball or dropping into the defence as a centre-back. Got into promising position and cleared the crossbar with a long-ranger. 7

Moved into advanced positions early on and had a shot wide from promising position. But his job was about holding his position and keeping the ball, ticking over possession and keeping City in control. 9

Bernardo Silva
Excellent finish to make it 1-0 on the night, shaping to go for the far post and deceiving Courtois by firing home in the other direction. His second was a rare header, steered in when there was plenty of work to do. 9

Kevin De Bruyne
Superb reverse pass for the opening goal. This was typical of the Belgian, who was all across the midfield and delivering danerous passes and crosses, carrying his team forward into Real territory. 8

Ilkay Gundogan
Broke forward when the time was right, which was seen for the second goal when his shot ended up with Bernardo heading in. Such an underrated performer who is out of contract in the summer but wanted at the club. 8

Jack Grealish
Caused problems for Carvajal again, crossing for Haaland’s header that was saved at point-blank range. Part of his game not appreciated is his pressing, which hurried Real’s defenders. Drew fouls from Real players. 8

Erling Haaland
Hit the bar when through in the second half. Had two headers saved. One was an excellent stop, the other was straight at the keeper and he should have done better. 7

Subs: Mahrez 79 (Gundogan)

Not used: Orega (g), Carson (g), Phillips, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Foden, Palmer, Lewis

Real Madrid (4-3-3)
Thibaut Courtois
World-class save to deny Haaland, after spreading himself to save one of the City striker’s headers. Perhaps down early for the opener but no chance with the second goal. 7

Dani Carvajal
Got tight to Grealish but as the game wore on the City forward grew in confidence running at the Real full-back with the ball at his feet. Getting forward was not on the agenda. 4

Eder Militao
Preferred to Rudiger and followed Haaland everywhere, including when he dropped into midfield – but that only served to lose track of City’s other attack-minded players who were pouring forward. 5

David Alaba
Kept his place in the team but could not halt the City attacks. He was part of a defence that looked rocked and it was all about defending rather than showing his footballing quality. 5

Eduardo Camavinga
Struggled at left-back. More comfortable from mid-second half when he was in midfield and not exposed to pacy wingers running at him. Committed fouls to put his team under pressure. 4

Federico Valverde
Real simply did not have the ball enough to release the midfielder and use his pace running forward. His work was defensive rather that pushing forward. Had blue shirts all over him. 4

Luka Modric
The little genius was tracking back and defending, which is not his game. His passing could beat City’s press in the first half but this time they were too quick and he could not dictate the pace of the game like he can. 5

Toni Kroos
Smashed a 25-yard drive against the crossbar when Real were looking to get back into the game but could not get hold of the ball. He was not given time to pick his passes as he would have liked. 5

Vinicius Jr
Dropped deeper to defend, which summed up where Real were in the tie. When he got in a promising position he was guilty of a handball. Walker matched him for pace and played him intelligently. 4

Karim Benzema
His team-mates were not close enough to support him, and his chances were limited. Without intelligent passes from his wide team-mates, his work was about closing down defenders, which is not what he is about. 4

Could not get into the game and every time he started running at City he would lose control or momentum would stop. Big decision to choose him for the game but one Ancelotti got wrong. 4

Subs: Rudiger 63 (Modric), Asensio 70 (Kroos), (Carvajal)

Not used: Lunin (g), Vallejo, Nacho, Hazard, Odriozola, Vazquez, Tchouameni, Ceballos, Mendy, Diaz

Photo Credit: ChampionsLeague/realmadriden/Twitter

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