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How Manchester City’s players rated in Pep Guardiola’s underwhelming debut season at the Etihad Stadium

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How Manchester City’s players rated in Pep Guardiola’s underwhelming debut season at the Etihad Stadium

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Willy Caballero – Despite starting the season as Pep Guardiola’s number two, the veteran Argentine really stepped up to the plate in the second half of the season to consolidate the back line. Kept six clean sheets in 14 games since February and could well have earnt himself a new deal with City. 7.

Claudio Bravo – To say that he didn’t set the Premier League on fire is an understatement, struggling to impose himself. Was a stage where he let in 14 out of 22 shots on target faced and was regularly guilty of committing too many errors, resulting in him being demoted from his number one role. 5.

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Bacary Sagna – One of a number of players that are set for an Etihad exit this summer, Sagna was limited to just 14 starts in the league this season and only featured in one of City’s final ten league matches. At 34-years-old, and with regular football in doubt, it’s expected he will move on. 5.

Pablo Zabaleta – After nine years of service for Manchester City the curtain came down on his Etihad career in emotional fashion against West Brom. Has been utilised more as a squad player this season by Guardiola rather than an essential man, and at 32-years-old it’s time to move to play regularly. 6.

Gael Clichy – Preferred in the left-back position by Guardiola, he went about his business unspectacularly all season. Was part of a leaky defence up until the return of Kompany, however, and he is another player that might not be deemed part of the Spaniard’s plans for next season. 6.

 
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Nicolas Otamendi – The Argentine struggled for consistency at the heart of defence in the first half of the season, seeming to lack a sense of pace and positioning that was exploited on many an occasion. Has been rejuvenated since partnering Kompany though and returned to near his best. 7.

John Stones – Big things were expected from City’s £50 million summer signing going into this season but the hype failed to translate into good performances on the pitch, struggling to find his sparkling form at Everton. Spent time on the side-lines but will still be a vital player next season. 5.

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Vincent Kompany – Out injured for the majority of the season, there was no coincidence that City’s back-four tightened up when the captain returned in mid-April. Brought a sense of true leadership to the side – contributing three goals– and consolidated a leaky defence. Is still an invaluable asset. 7.

Aleksander Kolarov – Another long-serving member of the Manchester City defence that could be on his way out this summer, the 31-year-old has failed to rekindle his excellent form of a few years ago. Replaced by Clichy during the run-in and his time at the Etihad may now be coming to a close. 6.

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