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Player Ratings: Everton 2-1 Manchester City

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Report cards for City's players after losing to Everton in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.

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Willy Caballero (6.0): Hart's backup was left out to dry on a handful of occasions and simply cannot be faulted for conceding the two goals. His shot-stopping was not a problem, but he did not appear to command the area to the best of his ability. There is obviously an unwavering readiness all professional athletes are expected to possess, but when you get such limited minutes -- especially as a goalkeeper -- it is not surprising to see a few jitters.

Bacary Sagna (7.0): Sagna lost track of Ramiro Funes Mori on the game's opening goal, but other than that he put in a good shift. He was steady on the right flank, and while it may not have been his most explosive performance from an offensive standpoint, his defending was spot-on per usual.

Eliaquim Mangala (5.5): The center-back was subbed off at halftime after a bit of a rough outing. Romelu Lukaku is an absolute handful for any defender, even for a physically gifted player like Mangala. The Everton striker got the better of the entire City defense on the evening.

Nicolas Otamendi (7.0): He was assertive and did a decent job on Lukaku. The only real worry with Otamendi came in the second half when he was in a footrace with Ross Barkley on the flank and opted to not just thump the ball out of play. Barkley nicked the ball off of the Argentine before firing an angled shot at Caballero. While the home side did not score on this chance, it was nearly a major error by a City defender who otherwise played a fine game.

Gael Clichy (7.0): The Frenchman slid into the lineup for Aleksandar Kolarov and played a quality game from start to finish. He only got better as the match carried on, putting in an impressive 90-minute shift like his compatriot Sagna.

Fernandinho (7.5): Everton's slippery attacking players pose problems to all the CDMs they encounter, but Fernandinho played a sound game against them. It was never going to be a walk in the park facing the likes of Barkley.

Fabian Delph (5.5): Delph was removed after a generally mediocre outing. His defensive positioning was constantly put to the test, and he was not thriving in the middle of the park.

Kevin De Bruyne (6.5): His snap shot with the inside of the boot is as clean as you will see, but Joel Robles had an answer when the Belgian fired one on frame. KDB can be so spectacular, but he was not able to serve as the catalyst City so desperately needed.

Yaya Toure (6.5): He played higher up. Then he played deeper. He also played one of his less memorable games of the season. For those who believe Toure can be one of the best in the world when he feels like it, this game was particularly frustrating. This man can set the pace and tone of a game, but he was unable to do so against Everton. There was a noticeable lack of consistency in his game, as he was too rash at times, like when he went to ground unnecessarily when defending.

David Silva (6.5): The Spaniard occupied the true CAM role once Toure dropped deeper, but Everton's back line saw everything in front of them. Silva failed to pick apart the defense as he so often does, but some credit must be given to the home side for their discipline when they did not have the ball. No. 21 is crawling back to his usual form slowly but surely.

Sergio Aguero (7.0): His technique on his assist to Jesus Navas was breathtaking, but he still does not look anything like the goal machine from a season ago. As he gets back into his groove, though, it was promising to see some flashes as the game wore on.

Substitutes:

Martin Demichelis (5.5): His positioning on Lukaku's game-winner was highly questionable, and City paid the price. Both he and Mangala struggled to contain the beast of a striker.

Jesus Navas (7.5): The man scored. 'Twas a beautiful counterattacking goal. He brought energy to the match and troubled Everton with his play in wide areas. He replaced Delph just eight minutes into the second period and really added a lot to the game with his pace and savvy.

Fernando (N/A): He entered the fold as the match was drawing to a close, clearly not getting enough minutes to make an impact.