The new Champions League season has finally begun for Pep Guardiola’s side and it’s fair to say Manchester City enjoyed a scintillating start on Wednesday evening.
After coming so close last year, reaching the final whilst playing some devastating football at the top level, City are tasked with reaching those heights yet again but going one step further and winning a competition which has long eluded them.
It couldn’t have been a more entertaining opener to their 21/22 European campaign as the Sky Blues battered Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium – with nine goals and a red card to boot as City came away 6-3 victors.
Strikers from six different scorers in Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, Joao Cancelo, Gabriel Jesus and a Nordi Mukiele own goal sent Guardiola’s side to the top of the group.
Former player Angelino, making his Eastlands return with Leipzig, was also dismissed after being shown a second yellow card.
However, while the attack enjoyed an amazing afternoon, the same cannot be said for City’s backline which conceded three soft goals.
One of the main culprits, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has been slammed on Twitter for his defensive display.
The Ukraine international was handed City’s lowest SofaScore rating on the night with a 6.0, winning only a third of his ground duels, being dribbled past once and losing the ball 10 times.
Here’s what Sky Blues had to say on the 24-year-old.
Man City fans slam Zinchenko…
“Zinchenko and Ake are liabilities defensively today”
“Zinchenko has had a shocker today”
“Zinchenko and Ake poor tonight”
“Please sell Zinchenko”
“Zinchenko has been awful btw”
“Zinchenko got rinsed today”
“Zinchenko has to leave, we need top left-back. He is limited.”
“Sorry, Zinchenko is not good enough and we still need clinical striker and someone who recovers well after losing the ball. 3 transfers or”
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