Manchester City vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates after he scores the first goal of the game for his side during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Monday Feb. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)

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A 32nd-minute thunderbolt from Branislav Ivanovic proved to be the winner as Chelsea took all three points from Manchester City on Monday.

The home team failed to capitalize on excellent chances for the Blues, with Yaya Toure and David Silva also striking the crossbar three times at Etihad Stadium, as they consistently posed a threat on the counter-attack.

The result sees the two sides finish the Premier League`s 24th matchday on 53 points apiece, just two back of leaders Arsenal.

Below are player ratings and analysis for both groups of players.

Manchester City Player Ratings
Player Half-Time Full-Time
Hart 8 8
Zabaleta 6 7
Kompany 7 8
Nastasic 7 7
Kolarov 7 8
Navas 6 7
Demichelis 6 7
Yaya 7 8
Silva 7 7
Dzeko 6 6
Negredo 5 5
Jovetic N/A 6
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Manchester City: Analysis of the

Hart: No opportunity on the Ivanovic goal and made a fantastic save on Ramires.

Zabaleta: Getting constantly tackled by Hazard.

Kompany: His leadership and coordination in the second half could be vital.

Nastasic: Getting entangled with Kompany and could have performed better in the lead-up to Chelsea’s goal.

Kolarov: The distribution has been excellent, and you have the impression that City can obtain something from the left side.

Navas: Together with Zabaleta, he has been completely overwhelmed on the right side.

Demichelis: Does not have the speed to prevent the Chelsea counterattacks.

Yaya: Inspiring as always, and almost placed Silva for an early goal.

Silva: Should have received Yaya’s pass and placed it within the distant goalpost.

Dzeko: Frequently shooting; however, still unable to hit

Negredo: Just 24 touches up to this

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Manchester City: Comprehensive Analysis at

Hart: Produced five saves and had no opportunity on the Ivanovic goal.

Zabaleta: Improved after the restart but his ball distribution was generally subpar.

Kompany: Executed a crucial diving header on a hazardous Willian cross towards the end.

Nastasic: Could have leveled the score in extra time if he had successfully executed his attempted volley.

Kolarov: Numerous crosses were delivered into the penalty area, most of which were successfully cleared by the Chelsea defense.

Navas: It took until late in the second period for him to recollect to follow back.

Demichelis: Completed the entire 90 minutes and wasn’t poor, although his lack of speed was noticeable.

Yaya: Missed the right post by a centimeter in the middle of the second period.

Silva: Became more threatening when he transitioned to the center and successfully completed 94% of his passes.

Dzeko: Failed to score

Negredo: Was substituted by Jovetic after an unproductive evening.

Jovetic: Compelled Cech into an extraordinary rescue in the final minutes.

Chelsea Player Ratings
Player Half-Time Full-Time
Cech 8 10
Ivanovic 9 8
Cahill 7 10
Terry 7 9
Azpilicueta 8 8
Ramires 8 8
David Luiz 7 8
Matic 7 9
Willian 8 8
Hazard 9 9
Eto’o 7 7
Oscar N/A 6
Mikel N/A 6
Ba N/A 6
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Chelsea: Analysis of

Cech: Still hasn’t made a save.

Ivanovic: Scored his inaugural left-footed goal in the

Cahill: Successfully won the header from a City corner that initiated Chelsea’s goal-scoring opportunity.

Terry: Must improve his performance in aerial situations.

Azpilicueta: Assisting Hazard to completely control

Ramires: Was denied by an outstanding Hart save in the middle of the first half.

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David Luiz: Excellently disrupting the opponent’s play.

Matic: The distribution has been somewhat inaccurate, but City is having trouble handling a physically impressive specimen.

Willian: Retreating effectively to assist in defense.

Risk: The most hazardous assailant on the field thus far.

Eto’o: Struck one against the crossbar in the

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Chelsea: Comprehensive Analysis

Cech: Made a crucial pair of saves in the second half.

Ivanovic: Managed to contain Silva effectively but was a bit careless in terms of ball retention.

Cahill: Nothing less than courageous from the defender, who also struck the post.

Terry: A typically strong performance from the revitalized captain.

Azpilicueta: Demonstrated why he has been substituting Cole on the

Ramires: Advanced further than anticipated.

David Luiz: Executed three crucial tackles to disrupt the flow of the game.

Matic: The top midfielder of the evening, and he also struck the woodwork during a rare venture into the offensive third.

Willian: A versatile and impactful performance from the progressing Brazilian, who played a crucial role in defending corner kicks.

Danger: Tempted his adversaries with dribbles and tricks and was the outstanding player of the game.

Eto’o: Participated less in the second period and was substituted by Oscar in the 83rd minute.

Oscar: Only made contact with the ball on three occasions after being brought on.

Mikel: Entered the game during added time to assist in securing the defense.

Ba: A time-consuming replacement with the full-time whistle about to blow.

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