These are Fresh Football’s player ratings for Manchester City’s 5-3 win in the UEFA Champions League at home to AS Monaco:
Willy Caballero – 7
A victim of Pep Guardiola’s expansive system, Willy Caballero constantly found himself in trouble with his short deliveries, but the Argentine was able to show his true qualities with a penalty save and a crucial stop in the final stages of the game versus Radamel Falcao.
Bacary Sagna – 5
Not quite as solid as he’s so often proven to be, which will stand as a disappointment for the Frenchman.
John Stones – 6.5
A mismatch for Falcao in Monaco’s third of the night, but the Englishman redeemed himself when placing City ahead at 4-3.
Nicolas Otamendi 4
Poor for both Mbappe’s goal and the foul that subsequently earned Monaco a penalty at 2-1, which was eventually missed by Falcao.
He’ll have better games, perhaps a consequence of being, rather surprisingly, deployed at left back.
Yaya Toure – 6
Good in possession, but massively outnumbered in midfield.
David Silva – 7
Close to no contribution defensively, as expected, but Silva found all the right pockets and passes going forward.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
Did his fair share of running and was typically good in the final third.
Raheem Sterling – 8
Sharp, direct and with a goal and assist to his name. Sterling’s fine form under Guardiola continues.
Leroy Sané – 8
Another who is beginning to thrive at City, bagging a terrific assist for Sterling’s opener and killing the game off eith the hosts’ fifth goal of the night.
Sergio Agüero – 9
A real menace with his runs in behind, as he brought City level on two separate occasions. A priceless performance.
Pablo Zabaleta – 6.5
A positive switch for City, cementing the defence somewhat and offering greater confidence for Guardiola’s man to charge after the desired result.
Jesus Navas – N/A
Fernando – N/A
Danijel Subasic – 4
Disappointing stuff from the Croatian number one, who might have been lucky not to give away a penalty in the first half and offered City a way in with a clanger for Aguero’s goal.
Djibril Sidibe – 7
A little clumsy in places, but the right back’s anticipation and quality of passes shun through his imperfections.
Kamil Glik – 5
The better half of the two centre backs, but Glik won’t be looking forward to facing Agüero in a hurry.
Andrea Raggi – 4
Showed his age, as he struggled with that pass in behind to City’s forward line all night.
Benjamin Mendy – 6.5
Didn’t link up as nicely as he has done with Thomas Lemar during the current campaign, but his deliveries from wide areas were brilliant.
Bernardo Silva – 7
The diminutive playmaker put his dribbling traits on show, but tired towards the end.
Fabinho – 6.5
Decent, but another who lost influence as the game went on.
Tiemoué Bakayoko – 8
There are a handful of top Premier League clubs with their eyes on the box-to-box midfielder and it was easy to see why. A capable match against Yaya Toure’s imposing figure, Bakayoko read the game well and didn’t stop doing so until the final whistle.
Kylian Mbappé – 7
The next big thing out of Monaco’s ranks, the 18-year-old provided a threat in behind and even bagged a goal for himself to undoubtedly increase his stock.
Radamel Falcao – 8.5
In hot form domestically, the Colombian carried his good habits over to the European stage with two excellent goals, despite also missing a penalty.
Valerie Germain – N/A
João Moutinho – N/A