Manchester City 3 Red Star Belgrade 1. City player ratings

Manchester City defeated Red Star Belgrade 3-1 to begin their UEFA Champions League defence. It was a dominant display for Pep Guardiola’s side, despite falling behind just before half-time. Here are the Manchester City player ratings from the win.

Player Ratings:

Ederson: 6/10- A relatively comfortable night for the City keeper. Could do little about Red Star’s opener but was rarely called upon after that.

Kyle Walker: 7/10- The usual professional performance from the City captain. Unlucky to have his goal chalked off for offside.

Ruben Dias: 6/10- A quiet night at the back for Dias. Did his job as he usually does when called upon which was rare.

Nathan Ake: 7/10- Professional performance from Ake. Does his job with minimal fuss, and is always a threat at set pieces.

Sergio Gomez: 6.5/10- Featured more in attack than defence. Provided a threat outwide. Looks to have matured as a player.

Rodri: 8/10- Grabbed his traditional Champions League goal with a world-class finish. Another polished performance from the best midfielder in world football.

Bernardo Silva: 6/10- Got into some decent positions on the right wing before being substituted before half-time. Hopefully, his injury isn’t too serious.

Matheus Nunes: 7/10- A promising first start from Nunes. His dribbling ability was on display and will be a threat for Pep’s side as he grows into the club.

Phil Foden: 6/10- A similar performance to his game against West Ham. Is getting into the right positions in his new role. Looks better when the game becomes stretched.

Julian Alvarez: 9/10- A dominant display from Alvarez. Deserved his goals and is fast becoming one of City’s most important players.

Erling Haaland: 6/10- Another off night in front of goal. Grabbed an assist for City’s opener after half-time. Someone will cop a hatful from Erling with the way the chances are being created very soon.


Jeremy Doku: 7/10- A constant threat to the Red Star defence when he came on before half-time. Another good display from the winger.

Manuel Akanji: 6/10- Came on as City looked to solidify their defence. Usual professional display for the final 20 minutes from Akanji.

Rico Lewis: N/A- A brief cameo from Lewis in the game’s final stages. Not on the pitch long enough to mark his performance.

Kalvin Phillips: N/A- A rare Kalvin Phillips sighting. Not on the pitch long enough to mark his performance.

Oscar Bobb: N/A- A Champions League debut for Bobb. A couple of small glimpses of his talent. Not on the pitch long enough to mark.

Tags Bernardo Silva Ederson Moraes Erling Haaland Jeremy Doku Julian Alvarez Kalvin Phillips Kyle Walker Manchester City Manuel Akanji Matheus Nunes Nathan Ake Oscar Bobb Pep Guardiola Phil Foden Red Star Belgrade Rico Lewis Rodri Ruben Dias Sergio Gomez UEFA Champions League