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Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea: Player ratings

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Manchester City provided the archetypical performance of potential Premier League champions, coming from behind to win late against a revived Chelsea side.

Carlos Tevez's comeback was always liable to grab the headlines upon his return to first-team action, and the Argentine provided a brilliant pass to allow Samir Nasri to grab a late winner.

After a spirited display from both sides, GMF takes a look at the players that stood out at the Etihad Stadium.
 

Manchester City

Joe Hart - 6

Had no chance with Cahill's goal, but did save well from Mata in one of the few occasions he was called into action.
 

Micah Richards - 8

Marshalled Torres impressively in the absence of Kompany and Lescott.
 

Pablo Zabaleta - 7

Assured performance from the Argentine, but with Cole rarely able to get forward, had little to deal with.
 

Gael Clichy - 8

Performed impressively against the wasteful Ramires at left-back and provided decent width.
 

Kolo Toure - 7

Approaching the sort of form he enjoyed at Arsenal. Eased defensive crisis.
 

Samir Nasri - 8

City's greatest threat going forward. Hit the bar early on, before netting the winner five minutes from time.
 

David Silva - 6

Influence is beginning to wane in the twilight of the season. Metronomic passing no-more.
 

Nigel de Jong - 6

Capitalised on Chelsea's clumsy passing and proved effective when the scores were level.
 

Yaya Toure - 6

Had less impact when given more license in the second half. Thrusting runs limited throughout.
 

Sergio Aguero - 7

Plenty of endeavour but sporadic with his end product. Cool from the spot to draw City level.
 

Mario Balotelli - 6

Far from disinterested in the first half, but was bizarrely substituted at the break.
 

Substitutes

Gareth Barry - 5

Carlos Tevez - 7

Edin Dzeko - 5
 

Chelsea


Petr Cech - 8

Probably his finest Chelsea performance of the season. Assured between the sticks, and distributed superbly.
 

Branislav Ivanovic - 6

Saw injury curtail his evening's work mid-way through the first half.
 

Ashley Cole - 8

Still regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world, and had few problems dealing with City attacks.
 

David Luiz - 7

Few moments of alarm for the Brazilian defender, whose strength was useful against Aguero.
 

Gary Cahill - 7

Often shaky on the ball, but struck his second goal in a week to put the Blues ahead.
 

Ramires - 6

Received plenty of the ball, but lacked a killer pass or the decision making required to take advantage.
 

Frank Lampard - 6

Too deep to have much influence, and was restricted to defensive responsibilities.
 

Juan Mata - 7

Spurned Chelsea's best chance of the game when he sliced over, but his crafty footwork and combination with Torres meant he was a constant threat.
 

John Obi Mikel - 6

Chelsea's stopper battled manfully in the centre, however, his lack of a decent passing range rarely allowed his side to break effectively.
 

Raul Meireles - 5

Wasteful in possession in important areas of the pitch, while he didn't make any impact in attacking areas.
 

Fernando Torres - 6

Impressed with his back to goal but constantly found himself on the peripheral of any attack.
 

Substitutes

Jose Bosingwa - 6

Michael Essien - 5

Didier Drogba - 6

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