Manchester City thumped Championship side Huddersfield Town 5-1 to advance in the FA Cup. Up next for City will be Middlesbrough and the chance to reach the semifinals. Pep Guardiola named a strong starting eleven as many predicted, but City were nearly turned on their heads after the Terriers opened the scoring early in the first half. Facing a one-goal deficit City had to dig in, and they did.
This game had all the makings of an upset. The underdog scoring first, City being denied multiple penalty claims... luckily for City supporters, the team really showed its mental strength and only seemed more motivated after each bad moment. When Leroy Sané scored the equalizer for City, it was clear a monster had just been woke and more goals were only minutes away.
After the disappointment of surrendering the opening goal, City never really looked back. A double from Sergio Agüero led the way for City to finish off Huddersfield and reach the quarterfinals.
Below are the player ratings for each player who saw the pitch for City along with our Man of the Match award.
Claudio Bravo: 5.5
Bravo’s City career has not gone according to plan, to say the least. Obviously there was great expectation on the Chilean, but the move to England has not suited the former Barcelona man. Once again beaten on the first shot he faced, Bravo might be done as the regular starter for City.
Pablo Zabaleta: 6.5
There was a clear rust on the Argentine defensively. Whether it was positioning or needing the legs to track back, Zabaleta was a bit off in every defensive category. Going forward things got a lot better as the game went on for the veteran, including getting a goal in the second half.
John Stones: 6.5
The Englishman had an alright game against Huddersfield. Nothing spectacular, but nothing too alarming either. Against Championship opposition Stones should be expected to be a rock in defense, and he was quite solid.
Nicolas Otamendi: 6.0
As usual, Otamendi was all over the place against Huddersfield. While it seems the Argentine might not be a regular starter anymore, he could still play an important part if City decide to keep him this summer.
Gaël Clichy: 6.5
Clichy was brought back into the lineup after the Fernandinho-at-left-back experiment didn’t go so well against Monaco. The Frenchman used his pace well to keep possession in midfield and defend against Huddersfield attacks. A nice performance from Clichy.
The Brazilian was clearly more comfortable playing in midfield. Considering the midfield didn't have Yaya Touré or David Silva, Fernandinho did his job pretty well.
Aleix García: 7.0
A very nice game from the young Spaniard showed that City might have another midfield threat for the future on their hands. García started off slowly but definitely grew into the game well, including some really nice passes to spring the attack.
Kevin De Bruyne: 7.5
As per usual with De Bruyne, he busted his rear end every minute he was on the pitch against Huddersfield. Continuing to operate in midfield, De Bruyne thrives when he is near the edge of the box.
Leroy Sané: 9.0
What a young player City seem to have on their hands! After a really expensive transfer in the summer many City fans were turned off by his slow start to the season, but since December Sané has been in blistering form and City supporters should look forward to many years with the German winger playing fantastic football.
Raheem Sterling: 9.0
Sterling is having a much better time this season than last. Pep Guardiola has certainly got more out of the English winger than previous manager Manuel Pellegrini did. His two assists were amazing, and his growth this season will be good news for City and England fans.
Sergio Agüero: 9.0 (Man of the Match)
Goal from open play: check. Goal from penalty: check. Assist: check. Intensity on defense: check. When he plays like this Agüero is simply unstoppable. If the rumors are true and Gabriel Jesus can return earlier than expected, it’ll be interesting to see what Pep decides to do about his excellent group of forwards.
Fabian Delph: 6.5
It was nice for Delph to get more game time. The Englishman’s role in City's future is certainly up in the air, so seeing Delph on the pitch can help Pep decide what to do with him.
Kelechi Iheanacho: 7.0
A goal for the Nigerian was certainly good for the young man’s confidence. Despite his lack of playing time, Kelechi showed he is still sharp in front of goal.
Jesus Navas: 6.5
Navas set up Kelechi’s goal and made the most of his limited time, but the impending free agent might have reached the scoresheet for the last time in a City shirt.