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Manchester City 4-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 2016 Champions League: Player Ratings

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We grade the fourteen Citizens that played on Wednesday's fantastic victory

Manchester City FC v VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach - UEFA Champions League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Manchester City started the Champions League group stage in style, dominating Borussia Mönchengladbach en route to an easy 4-0 win at Etihad Stadium. It was a truly great team performance, and the entire team deserves high praise for their efforts on Wednesday.

Our buddy Nick Patches is back, and this time he brings the Player Ratings for each of the fourteen Citizens that played against Gladbach. Check out the grades, comment below if you agree and give us your ratings for City's great win!


Starters

Claudio Bravo: 7.5

Bravo gets a clean sheet on his home debut. Well deserved and he was forced into making one pretty good save. Other than that he wasn't tested at all, and in the second half he probably could have sat out to be honest. Distribution was on point, with both his hands and his feet.

Pablo Zabaleta: 8.0

The captain on Wednesday, Zabaleta continues to impress despite his advancing age. Constantly bombing forward or tucking into midfield he really helped out Jesus Navas and Leroy Sané when each individual was playing on the right wing.

Aleksander Kolarov: 8.0

What a turnaround from the Stoke game last year for Aleks Kolarov. It's like a tape on repeat, but nobody has been such a wonderful surprise like Kolarov has been so far under Guardiola. Whether it's at LB or CB, Kolarov is quickly becoming undroppable.

John Stones: 8.0

Another solid night for the England international. Stones had quite a few nice runs and passes to launch the attack, and while he did seem to leave his feet more than usual, he never put in a poor challenge.

Nicolas Otamendi: 7.5

Otamendi continues his improvement as well under Pep. Despite what some have called a "disappointing season" last year, Nico has been a rock and has only gotten better as the year has gone on. One must question what happens when Kompany is fit and ready to return.

Fernandinho: 8.0

Fernandinho played a typical Fernandinho game. He was constantly breaking up counter play, as well as playing passes forward and linking the defense to the attack. Not much more to add other than, as long as Fernandinho keeps this level up, the competition for places in City's midfield might be the toughest in Europe.

Ilkay Gundogan: 7.5

What a debut! After being inserted during the 24-hour break due to the rain delay, Gundogan made the most of his opportunity. Consistently turning defenders and picking out Navas, Sterling and De Bruyne, plus drawing the penalty for Aguero's second. City may have another contender for bargain of the summer in the German international.

Kevin De Bruyne: 8.0

De Bruyne picked up right where he left off on Saturday. It almost seems like he never stopped playing, just went right from Old Trafford to the Etihad and continued to own the pitch. Despite not getting on the score sheet, De Bruyne was pivotal in the build up to each of City's goals.

Raheem Sterling: 8.5

Whether it's on the right, the left, and maybe even in the middle, Raheem Sterling is like a phoenix rising from the ashes of last season's campaign. He was tremendous in the Champions League group stage last season and while he didn't score a goal on Wednesday, his assist on Agüero's third goal was absolute class.

Jesus Navas: 7.5

The shock addition to the staring lineup was Jesus Navas. With the likes of Leroy Sane and Nolito on the bench Navas was given a chance, and he played quite well. He linked up well with Zabaleta and De Bruyne and played a few key passes into the box.

Sergio Agüero: 9.5

He is the best. There's really know other superlative to put. Agüero oozed class every second he was on the pitch. It's almost as if he saw his FIFA 17 rating and said, "something's wrong here, let me show them."

Substitutes

Leroy Sané: 7.0

Played a good ball to assist Iheanacho's goal, and showed his speed and skill on the right wing. It'll be really interesting to see how he plays when given a start, possibly already this weekend against Bournemouth.

Kelechi Iheanacho: 7.0

Iheanacho's business is scoring goals and right now business is a-boomin'. Most supporters knew he was good, but how good he would be at 19 is a shock to say the least.

Gael Clichy: 6.0

Good to see Clichy get a run out. He can still be an important player for City, and he might start at the weekend to give Kolarov a break.