Published on May 16th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Swansea 1-1 Manchester City – Report & Ratings
Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season’s Champions League as Manuel Pellegrini’s time at the club ended with a draw at Swansea
The Blues were denied a win as Andre Ayew’s deflected free-kick cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho’s close-range opener.
The draw leaves City three points ahead of Manchester United, whose final game, against Bournemouth, was abandoned.
City’s vastly superior goal difference means United would need a 19-0 win over the Cherries to take fourth place.
In many ways, City’s display at the Liberty Stadium was a fitting way to end an underwhelming season that began with such promise before limping to a satisfactory but below-par conclusion.
Iheanacho again demonstrated his sharpness in front of goal to poke home the opening goal, after Sergio Aguero’s shot had been saved in the fifth minute.
It was the 19-year-old’s 14th goal of the season and his eighth from his first 12 shots on target in the Premier League.
But he and his side failed to build on it, missing numerous chances to put the game to bed, with the young forward and his usually lethal Argentine partner Aguero particularly wasteful.
It left the Blues vulnerable to a Swansea equaliser – which came courtesy of a 25-yard Ayew free-kick that deflected in off Fernando’s head – and a potentially devastating second in a tense second half for the away side.
Huge thanks to Manuel Pellegrini.
Thanks you for believing in me.I wish you the very best for the future.
— Kelechi Iheanacho (@67Kelechi) May 15, 2016
Big thanks to all City supporters for their support through the season. We hope to do better next time and obtain new achievements.
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) May 15, 2016
Joe Hart – 6
Couldn’t do anything about Swansea’s deflected free kick, was probably relieved that Montero’s goal was disallowed.
Bacary Sagna – 7
Played pretty well without doing anything spectacular, solid defensively.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6
Gave away several fouls in dangerous positions and yet again struggled to stay on his feet.
Eliaquim Mangala – 6
Used his pace and power well but still made multiple poor decisions over the 90 minutes.
Gael Clichy – 7
Kept things tidy down the left and added to the attack when necessary.
Fernando – 7
A tidy performance from the Brazilian, had a lot to live up to match his previous performance.
Fernandinho – 8
Was one of the main creatives going forward and didn’t allow Swansea to conjure up much in midfield.
Jesus Navas – 6
It was a performance that summed up most of his season – didn’t stop running but had no end product.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
Created a few decent chances in the first half but drifted away as the game went on.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 7
His quick reactions earned him a goal and the Ivorian had a much better performance than his last.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Was obviously hungry for the Golden Boot in the opening half an hour but ran out of steam.
Samir Nasri – 6
Saw the game out with the rest of the team, not the game to judge him on.
Yaya Toure – 6
Ended up being more of a cameo appearance than a proper substitution, didn’t have enough time to make an impact.