SUTTON'S PLAYER RATINGS: Silva makes it look easy against Real Madrid
CHRIS SUTTON’S RATINGS: Bernardo Silva makes the game look easy while moving John Stones into midfield is a MASTERSTROKE… but Vinicius Jnr was far less influential this time round
- REPORT: Man City thrash Real Madrid to advance to the Champions League final
- Bernardo Silva scored a first-half brace in the thumping second leg 4-0 win
- Here, Mail Sport’s CHRIS SUTTON runs the rule over both sets of players
Manchester City have booked their spot in this season’s Champions League final after beating Real Madrid 5-1 across their two semi-final legs.
Pep Guardiola’s men dominated from start to finish at the Etihad, with Bernardo Silva’s first-half brace being capped off by strikes from Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez to seal an emphatic 4-0 second-leg win.
Goal-machine Erling Haaland failed to get his name on the scoresheet for the second time against Thibaut Courtois in a week but it is the Norwegian who will be having the last laugh after dumping the European champions out of the competition.
City will go on to face Inter Milan in next month’s showpiece in Istanbul and will be labelled as the favourites as they chase down a Treble.
Here, Mail Sport’s CHRIS SUTTON takes a look at how each player fared in their clash at the Etihad.
Manchester City thrashed Real Madrid to book their spot in the Champions League final
Kept concentration well with relatively little to do. Faint touch diverted Kroos’ shot onto woodwork and saved Alaba’s free-kick.
Kyle Walker 8.5
What a moment when he was the wrong side of Vinicius but raced back to dispossess the Brazilian. That’s why he was in the team, as quick as ever at 32.
John Stones 8.5
Masterstroke to have him operate in midfield to outnumber Madrid. It was Stones’ run that gave City the impetus to score the important first goal. He is so aware.
Ruben Dias 6.5
One of City’s leaders. Without Stones alongside him, he marshalled what was effectively a back-three and stopped Benzema from having any impact.
Kyle Walker (left) was the perfect man to nullify Real Madrid star man Vinicius Jnr (right)
Manuel Akanji 7
Not only assured in defence but an aerial threat at set pieces and his header across goal set up a good chance for Haaland before another led to the third goal.
Energetic performance often breaking from the holding midfield position he is most recognised for. Went close with shot in first half.
Bernardo Silva 9
Two-goal hero. Fooled Courtois by giving him the eyes for the first and then added a really cool header. Makes the game look easy.
Kevin De Bruyne 7.5
Not everything came off but it was still his perfect pass that sent Bernardo through to score. Failed to find Haaland to make it 3-0.
Bernardo Silva (left) makes the game look so easy as he scored a first-half brace at the Etihad
Ilkay Gundogan 8
Pep won’t want to lose him at the end of the season. Has had a phenomenal couple of months and set up second goal with a strike that deflected up for Bernardo.
Jack Grealish 8.5
Enjoyed himself immensely. Lovely pinged cross for Haaland’s first chance and terrorised Carvajal with his dribbling. Looked up for it.
Erling Haaland 6.5
Should have scored with one header which hit Courtois on the line but did everything right after 20 minutes only for the ‘keeper to make a remarkable save. Also had a shot in second half turned onto the woodwork by Courtois.
Manager: Pep Guardiola 8
Resisted the temptation to bring Mahrez in for Bernardo and it paid huge dividends.
Substitutes: Mahrez (for Gundogan 79), Foden (for De Bruyne 84), Alvarez (for Haaland 89)
Pep Guardiola got everything right – and now his side have the Treble firmly in their sights
Thibaut Courtois 8
Had a stormer and made one of the best saves I’ve seen to stop Haaland’s header, but was outfoxed by Bernardo for the opener. Brilliant save with his shin to turn Haaland’s shot onto the bar.
Dani Carvajal 5
Looked fearful of Grealish and failed to show the spikiness that riled the £100million man in Madrid. Unusually reluctant to get forward. Booked.
Eder Militao 6.5
Pick of the Real defenders after replacing Rudiger but blotted copybook by hitting the floor too quickly in a battle with Haaland. He’s better than that. Unlucky deflection off his thigh for City’s third.
Courtois had a stormer and made one of the best saves I’ve seen to stop Haaland’s header
David Alaba 6
Couldn’t get across in time to stop Bernardo’s first goal and wasn’t able to beat City’s press to build anything in attack. Tested Ederson with free-kick.
Eduardo Camavinga 5
Played as if he was worried about his knee. Lucky not to concede an early penalty with a challenge on Bernardo and stayed unsettled.
Federico Valverde 5.5
Looked shellshocked like the rest of his team-mates as if they didn’t expect City to be so aggressive from the opening whistle.
Toni Kroos 6
Didn’t match Bernardo’s run that saw his side fall behind. Would have been marked lower but did smash a fantastic shot against the crossbar.
Luka Modric 6
Hard to remember a more forlorn game in his long career. Couldn’t shift ball into the opposition half, his best moment was a tackle on De Bruyne.
Toni Kroos (left) and Luka Modric (right) cut dejected figures after their European exit
Spent more time backtracking than trying to drive into City’s box effectively turning Madrid’s formation into a 4-5-1.
Karim Benzema 5.5
Barely saw the ball and was well-marshalled by Dias. Had to feed off scraps even if his first touch was still on point.
Vinicius Jnr 5.5
Far less influential than in the Bernabeu. Gave possession away in his own half and lost foot race to Walker when they raced shoulder to shoulder.
Vinicius Jnr was far less influential than in the Bernabeu – struggled on the night in Manchester
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti 5
Illustrious Champions League record but his plan to sit deep and be physical backfired.
Substitutes: Rudiger 6 (for Modric 63mins), Asensio 6 (for Kroos 70mins), Vazquez (for Carvajal 80), Tchouameni (for Camavinga 80), Ceballos (for Rodrygo 80)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland) 6
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