Man City vs Chelsea Player ratings as Rodri’s late Equlizer to snatch crucial point

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A gutsy display from Chelsea saw the Londoners claim a point from Manchester City at the Etihad.

It was a quick start for the champions as they created a chance for Julián Álvarez from the edge of the box in the opening 90 seconds, but the Argentine sent his effort wide.

Erling Haaland followed that mistake up with one of his own, sending his dotted line header high and wide. But City’s threat grew.

Nicolas Jackson had the best chance after the striker got behind the Man City defence, but the heroic Ederson came out to clear the danger.

The crowd at the Etihad were stunned in the dying minutes of the half when Raheem Sterling finished off Chelsea’s fierce counter-attack against his former team.

City looked to respond after the break with a blistering counter-attack of their own, but Haaland’s effort from Phil Foden’s cross was thwarted.

Haaland’s night got worse in the final 15 minutes as he missed another spot-kick header to reduce the score.

After plenty of knocking, City finally slammed the door on Rodri’s strike from the edge of the box to pull the hosts level with ten minutes remaining.

However, it was too little, too late for the home side as Chelsea hung on to grab a point from the reigning champions.

Man City player ratings

GK: Ederson – 7/10 – Caught in possession by Jackson in the first half but atoned for his error with some really impressive saves. Stopped Chelsea running away with this.

RB: Kyle Walker – 5/10 – Let Sterling cut inside on his preferred foot far too easily. Regularly left space in behind him which Chelsea should have exploited more.

CB: Ruben Dias – 4/10 – Either poor positioning or some foolish tactics left Dias scrambling in defence at times. Always seemed to be chasing back.

CB: Manuel Akanji – 4/10 – Almost didn’t seem fully fit. Couldn’t keep up with Chelsea’s speedy counters.

LB: Nathan Ake – 7/10 – Made some sensational challenges to keep Chelsea’s right side somewhat quiet.

DM: Rodri – 6/10 – Man-marked out of the first half by Gallagher but enjoyed more time on the ball after the break. Was the hero once again with his equaliser.

RM: Phil Foden – 5/10 – A couple of nice moments in possession but was far too quiet. Got no change out of Chilwell.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 6/10 – An uncharacteristically poor pass led to Chelsea’s opening goal. Played some nice balls to try and get City back into the game.

CM: Julian Alvarez – 5/10 – Happy to pull the trigger from range but rarely posed any actual threat to Petrovic in the Chelsea goal.

LM: Jeremy Doku – 5/10 – Had plenty of chances to run at Gusto and even got the better of the Frenchman at times, but rarely offered anything of note when he got into the final third.

ST: Erling Haaland – 4/10 – Should have scored his early header and was left battling to get back into the game after that point. Missed another sitter late in the second half.

SUB: Bernardo Silva (64′ for Alvarez) – 5/10

Chelsea player ratings

GK: Djordje Petrovic – 6/10 – Surprisingly didn’t have a whole lot to do before having to pick the ball out of the back of the net. The deflection left him with no chance.

RB: Malo Gusto – 8/10 – Always wanted to fly forward but rarely let that impact his defensive duties. A major presence at both ends of the field.

CB: Axel Disasi – 8/10 – Threw himself at absolutely everything, including a clearance off the line late in the first half. Looked really up for this one.

CB: Levi Colwill – 7/10 – Unsurprisingly struggled in the air against Haaland but didn’t get a whole lot wrong aside from that.

LB: Ben Chilwell – 7/10 – Took his battle with Foden personally and rarely gave the City man any room in which to operate.

DM: Moises Caicedo – 7/10 – A little trigger-happy with the fouls but that was an inevitable consequence of his desire to disrupt City’s creators. Always battled for every ball.

DM: Enzo Fernandez – 7/10 – Starved of possession for large parts of the game but seemed to relish the dirty, off-ball side of things. Seemed to cover every blade of grass.

RM: Cole Palmer – 6/10 – Some nice flicks and passes but found space hard to come by against the impressive Ake.

AM: Conor Gallagher – 7/10 – Played some delicious passes early on before focusing his time on squeezing Rodri into his back pocket.

LM: Raheem Sterling – 7/10 – Guilty of a handful of poor touches but made the difference when it mattered most.

ST: Nicolas Jackson – 7/10 – Like Sterling, should have had more from this game but it was his smart ball which freed up the winger for the opening goal.

SUB: Christopher Nkunku (64′ for Sterling) – 5/10

SUB: Trevoh Chalobah (71′ for Palmer) – 6/10

SUB: Cesare Casadei (82′ for Jackson) – N/A

Player of the match – Malo Gusto (Chelsea)

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