Player ratings: City 2 Celtic 1

10th August 2009

Given – Held on well to one shot. Shay probably expended most energy berating his teammates for sloppy defending at corners. 7

Zabaleta – A chance to play 90 minutes in his rightful position and he was excellent. Tigerish in the tackle and put over a superb cross for the first goal. 8

Dunne – Started on left side of central defence and completely lost his man for the first goal. Subsequently returned to right hand side and had no further problems. 5

Toure – It’s a delight to see a City central defender bringing the ball out from the back and making telling passes. The injury didn’t look a major concern. 7

Bridge – Much improved on his defensive debacle at Rangers. Instigated the second goal with a fine run and pass to Bellamy. 7

De Jong – It’s not just the way he tackles that impresses, but the way he tackles and manages to lay the ball off to a teammate. 7

Barry – Brilliantly timed run for the first goal. Total composure in the first half alongside De Jong, then required to work overtime in the second when anchoring midfield. 8

Ireland – Some quality touches and passes, though he tends to get caught straying to far forward when playing in a central midfield two. 7

Wright-Phillips – An improved display on what has been a mixed pre-season. 6

Robinho – Didn’t always get the passes he was hoping for from his teammates, but kept going. 6

Bellamy – Just when it looked like nothing was coming off for the Welshman, up he popped with the second goal. 7

Subs:

Ben Haim – Aside from one needless concession of a corner this was an improved display by the Israeli. 6

Adebayor – This was his most languid performance so far, when few things he attempted came off. 6

Weiss – Provided entertainment for the crowd with some great trickery even if we don’t always get the final ball. 6

Tevez – Warmed up to a huge cheer, and came on to an even bigger one. There were some nice touches and a glimpse of the famed workrate. 7

Petrov – Wasn’t able to influence the game as much as he would have liked. 6

Man of the match: Barry.

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