Manchester City: Man for man marking
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.
Thursday 08 December 2011
Early save from Olic and tipped away Alaba drive but was little troubled against understrength Bayern with action at other end. 6/10
Robust Montenegrin put in crucial blocks after coming in for calf victim Micah Richards for only his sixth start for the club. Composed. 6
The Belgian captain helped ease Savic in. Displayed usual calmness and dealt with sporadic Bayern attacks well. 7
Headed home from Silva free-kick but effort rightly disallowed for foul on goalkeeper. Stood up well to what little the visitors offered. 6
Held position while also providing extra attacking outlet as he pre-pares for an extended run in team after Kolarov injury. 6
Tidy and effective passing. His ball infield began the move for the opener. Forced Butt to punch away 25-yard effort. 7
Former Arsenal man began brightly and created header for Aguero. Fired wide before the interval but efforts ultimately in vain. 6
Typically imposing, dominant showing from the Ivorian, providing platform for Silva and Nasri to work at Bayern defence. Strode forward for City's second after interval. 8
Transferred Premier League form to the European stage. Came in for heavy treatment and stayed down with ankle injury before fine run and finish for City's first. 8
Dallied on chance shortly after Silva's goal, allowing Boateng to get back and clear. Curled wide one effort on half-time. 7
Little joy in the air against Bayern defence but combined superbly with Silva for opener and also created Touré's second. 7
Best off the bench
De Jong (for Dzeko, 77): Brought on to reaffirm City's control of midfield.
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