Manchester City ‘vs’ Hamburg PLAYER RATINGS

Manchester City were eyeing a repeat of the performance against FC Schalke in the UEFA Cup to try and progress in the UEFA Cup, no doubt against Bremen. However despite the constant battle, City were knocked out having only won 2-1.

 

Last time around Ireland was left disconsolate having scored after 30 seconds and seeing his side lose 3-1.

Manchester City's Felipe Caceido and Stephen Ireland

HERE ARE MY PLAYER RATINGS FROM THE GAME  >>>

Shay Given (GK) - Shay didn’t put a foot wrong all game which we have grown accustomed to. He made one absolutely stunning save late on in the game from Petric which would have put us to bed. His instincts are phenomenal and his communication was much imporved, especially once skipper had departed. Apart from a couple of incidents during the game, he wasn’t really tested, but as we all know he still shows himself as a safe pair of hands. Had he been at the club a little while long, I have no doubt he would be up for Player of the Season. Kept us in the tie in the first leg and did his best last night. Not at faul for the goal, but my only complaint is that he never expects a shot to come in so is sometimes caught unaware and that was also shown with a backpass which the tireless Olic chased down and almost got rewarded for! Other than that…solid game.  7.5

Micah Richards (RB) - Having been singled out in the first leg of this game, Richards really needed to come out fighting. He again was picked upon, in particular the first 15 minutes. He looked very shaky during this time period and didn’t look up to scratch. This extra muscle he has put on has slowed him down considerably. He came to life in the second period and didn’t half bomb it up the line to support the magnificent Elano, but he doesn’t half trot back without a care in the world?  I’m usually a supporter of Micah but he was poor tonight and let the side down over the two-legged game, namely for the penalty and the lack of tracking back in the first leg. He created numerous chances and should have scored one late on, and done better in the first half when he fell over in the box with no man in sight. His passion did shine through though, playing up front whilst injured and offering a different approach to the game. However I have figured out the problem though, so Micah if you’re reading this then please read carefully. YOUR CENTRE OF GRAVITY IS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND YOUR TOUCH IS WORSE THAN A RAPISTS? **Rant over** Had it not been for the cover of Onouha, they could have had more. The Petric chance coming directly after Richards had given up on the ball springs to mind. He looked weary, weak and wounded. 5.5

Richard Dunne (CB) Tortured last time around at Hamburg and also tormented at home against Fulham, Dunne needed to screw his head on and communicate with his fellow players, as well as rasing team morale. Some may say he was poor but actually despite being sent off I thought he had a decent game by his recent standards. I thought he made numerous advantageous interceptions throughout the game. His sending off didn’t help our cause at all, but it was just the fact that Olic never stopped working and his trickery bamboozled Dunne into some rash decisions which ultimately may have cost us the game. Communication was again much improved and I was pleased with him on that front but one irrational decision too many Dunne i’m afraid. You overcompensated too much Richard. 5.5

Richard Dunne gets a red card

Nedum Onouha (CB) - Was a weak link in the team last time around but did his duty fairly effectively last night. Did well at the heart of the City defense, especially in dealing with areial threats and through-balls. Faded slightly towards the end of the game but cannot be faulted for his committment to the fighting team.
7.5

Wayne Bridge (LB) - Having been taken injured in the last three games (Arsenal, Hamburg and Fulham) surely Wayne had had enough time to recover and judging by his performance…he did. I was amazed that I ahd looked at the clock, and with 30 minutes gone…Wayne was still on the pitch and running! Unbelievable! My only concern is his servere lack of a right foot, I always became anxious when he was being pressured and hurried, especially when they were messing about with it around the back four. However apart from that I think he had a good solid game. His running was good throughout the game (which it should have been having had a break!) and his tackles were executed to a sufficient standard worthy of my praise! Played some lovely balls into the box late on in the game and his spirit shone. 6.5

Pablo Zabaleta (CM) -  An outstanding shift from the Argentine. Some good early distribution complemented Kompany’s dominance of the midfield. He worked incredibly hard and this showed as he left the field with a dead leg to be replaced by Gelson. I think he worked the most out of all the team and his tackling was fiesty yet controlled, his passing was sublime and his odd shot was good enough to force a save. My new favourite player along with ‘my hero’ and anyone at the game will understand why. He has got to be captain next season, he was superb. Gave 110% and again his passion to fight for the cause shone through. The person who replaced him had a big gap to fill…unfortunately for us this was Fernandes. 9

Stephen Ireland (CM) -  Having accused the team as not being brave enough in the first leg, he really had to give a BIG performance against a strong, physical Hamburg midfield. Another fading performance from the young Irishman. Lost his temper near the end of the game, which resulted in some clumsy play and he was fairly quiet compared to usual. Although I do admit, every time we got into their box, it always had something to do with Superman. His eye for a killer pass is breathtaking and those pin-point 40 yard balls are just crazy. Good work out for him but I would have liked him to get more involved in proceedings. 7

Vincent Kompany (CM) - A fantastic comeback game from Vinnie. He took no pity on his old team and fought well for the cause, much like Sir Winston Churchill did in WWII. A very brave performance, especially with a toe which he cannot feel! Got forward well and defended as valiently as a tank. Super effort and this should be commended. He was not here, there and everywhere but the job he did in slowing play down and speeding it up to the tempo City wanted was great. 9

Elano (RM) - Sent Robinho through numerous times and he looked back to his best. Hit the woodwork twice from set pieces which would have gone in on another day and his corners also caused havoc in their box. Scoring from the penalty spot gave the Blues some much needed momentum but sooner or later a keeper is going to dive top/middle left and save it with ease! His effort cannot be faulted and I was disappointed to see him go off late on in the game, but no doubt that was due to fatigue and lack of playing time. Should be one of the first on the team sheet against WBA. His passing was better than Ireland’s dare I say it! 9

Manchester City's Elano scores

Robinho (LM) - Found himself space a good few times, and had some good dribbling spells. Perhaps unlucky not to have picked up a goal, especially when through on goal, but it was a tought chance to take down and get a powerful shot away, especially as Robbie had no idea what power is!? Had heavy legs by the end of the game and he put in a good shift for the team, always making sure the keeper didn’t time waste and always helping Bridgey on the left. More of that please Robbie. 6.5/7

Felipe *IM A F!?*ING DONKEY* Caicedo (ST) - Good and bad, but let’s not lie, mostly bad. Caught offside a collection of times, 9 I think I counted, but no doubt I blinked and missed a few? he’s so slow how could he be caught offisde? Looked cold for long spells (88/90 mins), but took his goal weel I must admit, feeling no pressure. Having put the ball over the bar from two yards out and ‘passing’ it to the keeper in the first half I was very disappointed and dismayed. Felipe couldn’t score in a brothel as far as I’m concerned, but that’s mainly due to the fact his legs wouldn’t fit through the door to start off with. Should sell him, he certainly shouldn’t be playing ahead of Sturridge or Ched. Shame we didn’t have Bellamy who I feel would have created more and scored more. 4

Caceido (second left) celebrates scoring

Referee (Some European joker) - Okay, stopped play too often and was let down enormously by his officials. ” little common sense to go with adherence to rules” 4.5

Support (MCFC) - INSANE

Support (HSV) - GOOD

Manager (Mark Hughes) - Got his team going well and had some fantastic support from the fans. More performances like that and we will end up in the EUROPA CUP without a doubt next season. Hughes must be doing his nut that the players don’t turn in that type of performance more often though.

 Hamburg's Jose Paolo Guerrero celebrates

Subs -

Gelson Fernandes (CM) -  Did not have the same impact as the player he replaced.
Danny Sturridge (ST) - Often thinks he can do it all on his own…has a lot to learn, not worth £40,000 a week, but then again neither is Danny Mills.

Micah Richards missed a late chance as City tried to equalise

My City Man of The Match goes to >>>

PABLO ZABALETA, ELANO AND VINCENT KOMPANY

My Villains >>>

Felipe Caicedo (for THOSE offsides), Micah Richards (for not tracking back) and Richard Dunne (for that daft challenge), oh and the Germans in the box behind me who were not happy when I cheered in their faces!

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes and Hamburg coach Martin Jol

I’M PROUD TO BE A BLUE.

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22 Responses to “Manchester City ‘vs’ Hamburg PLAYER RATINGS”

  1. Blue Moon Says:

    Bit of housekeeping first:

    Weel, under the donkey should be well.

    I was sat two rows from the back of the east stand (great view - compensated for the heart attack that i suffered from running up there to catch the start of the match). On that point, it was very poorly organised, when the game started, there must have been nearly 10,000 still outside. I missed the first five minutes despite running up the spirals (a long way).

    I thought that we played tremendously well in the second half especially. Hughes’ speech must have been Churchillian due to the speed that they came out at.

    Caecido should be shot for all the offsides (what was it? 10?). If he stood onside, we may have got another goal.

    Robinho was much improved yesterday. The back four were very poor. Richards was… Richards. He got nutmegged near the end, looked behind him, fell over and then feigned injury, what a wazack. He also had a shot from 10 yards out but put it miles over. Again, what a wazack.

    Fernandes… i’ll stop there.

    It was a soft goal to give away. That’s what lost it for us i think.

  2. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Bellamy you’re not bad either ;) Says:

    Thanks Ricky, so what do you think of my ratings then? Accurate, harsh, fair?

  3. Blue Moon Says:

    Pretty accurate, Elano should have been given a 12 though!

  4. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Well done Matt,

    I’ve not got as many bones as usual to pick, although as I always say, USE THE BLOOMING SPELLCHECK!!! Do you really think it would let you have ‘targetting’ as a word? TWICE!!! There are a few typos in Dunne’s section, but otherqise, the grammar is OK (for you)

    If you don’t mind, I will also do player ratings and will put a link to yours to compare. We don’t differ by more than 0.5 on anyone except for the referee!!

    Please stop nicking all the pictures I want to use!

    Love the bit about Caicedo’s legs being too big for a brothel (despite the original joke being so unfunny).

  5. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Bellamy you’re not bad either ;) Says:

    Steven, many thanks for your words of wisdom.

    I do apologise for my severe lack of ability to spell, although I do not believe I use the word ‘targetting’ once!

    ‘There are a few typos in Dunne’s section, but otherqise, the grammar is OK (for you) ;)’ I love this Steven, you spelt ‘otherwise’ wrong which I just find hilarious in the context of what you are trying to say!

    No, please feel free to do your ratings too, I will look forward to reading them too, but I guess hey will not be in as much detail as mine? I’m glad we agree, more so than last time (even though on reflection, last time we were pretty close, despite the criticism!).

    What would you give the referee then?

    I’m sorry about the pictures, I thought they were appropriate, my bad!

    I love the Caicedo joke too, I knew it wouldn’t get a good response if I jus put the joke so couldn’t resist adding it in about his thighs!

    Thanks,
    Matt

  6. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Bellamy you’re not bad either ;) Says:

    p.s >>> as far as I am aware, all my typos have been scrapped!

  7. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    I apologise fom the bottom of my heart, and can only hope that you are able to find it in you to forgive me. I meant ‘targetted’ and not ‘targetting’. STILL AWFUL!!!

    I knew as soon as I posted my comment that you would pick up on my ‘otherqise’ - However, it does not hide the point I was making.

    I was (kind of) joking about the pictures, becuase we obviously have looked on the same site for some of them, although I have got about another 23 to choose from. You have, however, got some of the best ones, like the penalty and the managers folding their arms!

    You will have to wait for the ref’s mark. Apart from giving us a penalty that was very harsh, I thought he had a very good game.

  8. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Oh, i’m surprised to hear that. I thought he stopped play far too often, gave some awful decisions on fouls and his linesman were just as bad. I agree the penalty was harsh, however I think the linesman gave it to be honest?

    I only got the pictures from the BBC, all 6! Sorry!

  9. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    What do you make about my ‘men’ of the match by the way?

    Hows the Spanish going, I’m more confident now, and am looking forward to Julio on Monday

  10. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Men of the match is fine, I’ve only got one person, but it’s one of your three.

    Spanish is going well. I know my nominated topic inside out, and have looked at the other topics.

  11. Ched Evans I LOVE YOU! Says:

    Well Done, when’s the review up, tomorrow morning?

  12. I*T*P*L Says:

    Good article Matt, I love the obscure Churchill reference. There’s a coupel of typos though, especially in the Richards and Ireland paragraphs.

    Here’s what I think.

    Like the first leg, it was very good for the neutral to watch. I thought that across the two legs, Hamburg did enough to deserve to go through. I thought your best players on the night were Elano and Kompany, who both deserve the praise you’ve given them.

    Your Zabaleta paragraph confuses me though. You start by saying he was “decent” and finish by saying he was “superb”. That’s the difference between a six and a nine in my book!

    I thought Dunne was slow, stupid and just plain bad in equal measure. He was outplayed by whichever Hamburg player he came up against most (what it Olic?)and got far too tight a lot so was easily outpaced. After he got his booking he was absolutely idiotic to make that challenge for the second booking like he did and was right to be sent off. It possibly cost you your semi-final spot as it seemed to take the wind out of your attacking sails for a while.

    Was Caecido really that bad? I know with his bustling, hulkling style he’s not the best player to watch, but he took his chance for the goal and also for the one which was disallowed well. That’s more than you can say for Robinho, who once again didn’t live up to his talent.

    Finally, the referee. I can see why a lot of Man City fans were wound up by him, as a lot of fouls went against you, though I reckon that’s because you were commiting a lot of fouls. I don’t think it was a penalty for the handball, but apart from that I thought he got almost everything right, especially the sending off, as he could have done it in the first half, but I thought he was right to give him a final warning.

    Good stuff though, this is the most I’ve agreed with yor ratings for a game I’ve seen yet, though generally I think they’re about 10% too high. Just my opinion.

  13. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Nice to hear from you VJ,

    Good to see that a semi-professional referee like yourself agrees with me about the referee. As much as City fans are partial, as are all fans of every club, I try to be fair and as you see at the end of comment 7, I though the ref did well.

    I agree about the Zabaleta paragraph. I noticed the ‘decent’ and then ’superb’ but was in a kind mood so let Matt off!

  14. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    P.S. I hope to get the review up tonight, but more realistically, tomorrow morning.

  15. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    VJ, many thanks for the comment, just few comments myself >>>

    You did what Steven did by spelling ‘couple’ wrong whilst complaining about my spelling!…love it! ”There’s a coupel of typos though, especially in the Richards and Ireland paragraphs.”

    ”Your Zabaleta paragraph confuses me though. You start by saying he was “decent” and finish by saying he was “superb”. That’s the difference between a six and a nine in my book!” Sorry, I meant a decent effort rate but he was superb on the ball. it was only decent effort rate because he got a dead leg and went off! My apologies for the confusion? He was without a doubt worth a 9, outshone Ireland big time.

    Totally agree wiht your comments about our skipper although he did get himself into some good positions to block goal threats early on in the game. Just lost his mind and I firmly believe we would have won with him on the pitch.

    ”Was Caecido really that bad?” Please ask Steven, he was absolutely diabolical, my rating is probably 10% too high for him! Please see Steven’s ratings in his review. He said we do not differ by more than 0.5 other than on the ref!

    ”Finally, the referee. I can see why a lot of Man City fans were wound up by him, as a lot of fouls went against you, though I reckon that’s because you were commiting a lot of fouls. I don’t think it was a penalty for the handball, but apart from that I thought he got almost everything right, especially the sending off, as he could have done it in the first half, but I thought he was right to give him a final warning.”

    I agree we did make a lot of silly fouls, but there were many opportunities for the ref to play advantage or just pass it over, as a good English ref in my opinion (Howard Webb), would have let play flow and continue.

    It was not a penalty, we were very lucky in that respect but that kickstarted us and I think we deserved it for our hard work!

    I heard a lad near me say ‘What are the chances Dunne will get sent off tonight, he’s half-way there” at half-time and in reality he was…I dont want you to get the idea that I thought the ref got it wrong, without a doubt no, he had no choice but to send him off, however Petric did lok for the foul!

    Elano and Vinnie were both outstanding, however Zaba was the unsung hero and got my Player of the Season vote!

    Thanks!

  16. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    p.s the Zaba paragraph has been changed to clear the air What do you think of it.

    ”I agree about the Zabaleta paragraph. I noticed the ‘decent’ and then ’superb’ but was in a kind mood so let Matt off!” and thanks Steven for letting me off!

    Im sorry boys but I have to disagree with you both…the ref was poor last night;
    ”Good to see that a semi-professional referee like yourself agrees with me about the referee. As much as City fans are partial, as are all fans of every club, I try to be fair and as you see at the end of comment 7, I though the ref did well.”

  17. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    Better now. However, I disagree about the captaincy bit. I would give it Kompany.

  18. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    The review will be up tomorrow, either before 10.00am or after 1.00pm

    So far, without writing the report (i.e. having written the intro, team news, key battles and player ratings) I have written over 1300 words!!! It’s a mammoth one.

  19. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Steven, the captain bit was always in that paragraph!

  20. Steven Goran Erikkson Says:

    I know.

  21. giggs_11 Says:

    You should of definitely had a penalty, when onouha got pulled down in the box. I think you definitley deserved to go through, great match.

  22. Ched Evans IS MY HERO :) Zabaleta I LOVE YOU :) Says:

    Cheers Baldeep, very honest of you!

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