Man City player ratings vs Bristol City: Phil Foden on fire in FA Cup fifth-round cruise

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The England star scored twice before Kevin De Bruyne rounded out the scoring as the Premier League champions eased through at Ashton Gate

Phil Foden was on fine form as Manchester City cruised past Bristol City and into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday.

Foden scored within seven minutes to give the Premier League champions an early lead in what looked destined to be a routine win for Pep Guardiola's side.

But Bristol City, buoyed by a dizzying atmosphere at Ashton Gate, came back stronger in the second half, and it needed two moments of magic from Kevin De Bruyne for City to take complete control of proceedings.

His through balled helped Julian Alvarez to eventually set up Foden's second, before the Belgium international took it upon himself to fire home a textbook long-ranger nine minutes from time, with City cruising to the sixth round in style.

On what turned out to be a comfortable night for Guardiola's men, GOAL rates Man City's players from Ashton Gate...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence
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    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Stefan Ortega (6/10):

    Only managed a half following an injury to his hand early on. Barely called into action before being replaced by Ederson at half-time.

    Rico Lewis (6/10):

    Some bright touches and flicks but positionally vulnerable at times. Arguably lucky not to concede a penalty in the opening stages.

    Manuel Akanji (7/10):

    Typically solid performance from the Swiss star, and made several last-ditch interventions to keep the home side at bay when they were in the ascendency.

    Ruben Dias (5/10):

    Looked more vulnerable than his defensive partner. Slower to the ball and occasionally ran ragged by the industrious Scott. Decision making put his side in danger at times, as Bell nearly capitalised on his error late in the second half.

    Nathan Ake (7/10):

    Assured performance in varying positions. Incisive passing linked up defence and attack succinctly.

  2. Midfield
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    Kalvin Phillips (6/10):

    Enjoyed only his third start all season and did well. Nothing outstanding, but no real errors.

    Kevin De Bruyne (8/10):

    Initially sub-par performance from the Belgium star but made the difference in the game's key moments. Produced incisive passes for Mahrez and Ake which helped set up Foden's brace, before stroking home a long-range effort to finish the game late on.

    Bernardo Silva (5/10):

    Heavily involved in City build-up but had creativity restricted by resolute Bristol City defence. Involved in a feisty exchange in the dying embers, resulting in a booking.

  3. Attack
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    Riyad Mahrez (6/10):

    Pinpoint assist for Foden's opener but kept at bay for most of the match before being hooked for Grealish on 71 minutes.

    Phil Foden (9/10):

    City's biggest threat by a mile. Expert finish from the angle for his side's opener, second effort deflected past O'Leary. Constantly involved in attack with multiple smart touches, the only blemish on performance was a second-half booking.

    Julian Alvarez (4/10):

    Assist for Foden's second masked an underwhelming evening for the Argentine. Swiped at a number of key chances and saw a close-range effort blocked late on. City threat came from elsewhere.

  4. Subs & Manager
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    Subs & Manager

    Ederson (6/10):

    Replaced Ortega at half-time and had even less to do than his goalkeeping team-mate. Relaxed day at the office for the Brazilian.

    Jack Grealish (8/10):

    Came on at 1-0 and could easily have coasted the final 20 minutes. Instead, Grealish made a real difference and was an upgrade on Mahrez. Assisted De Bruyne with a cute pass to make it 3-0.

    Sergio Gomez (N/A):

    Only introduced for the final 10 minutes.

    Cole Palmer (N/A):

    Only introduced for the final 10 minutes.

    Maximo Perrone (N/A):

    Only introduced for the final few minutes.

    Pep Guardiola (8/10):

    A complete performance from Guardiola's men. City were able to weather a moderate storm from the home side at 1-0 before flexing their strength in depth to pull further in the ascendency. There will likely be sterner tests ahead, but this was an assured performance against an initially resolute Bristol City team.