Player ratings: Mahrez shines but Havertz struggles as Man City beat Chelsea in FA Cup

Manchester City inflicted even more misery on Chelsea manager Graham Potter on Sunday when they dominated 4-0 in the FA Cup third round.

Riyad Mahrez scored twice, including a beautiful free kick, while world champions Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden were also on the scoreboard in an easy win for Pep Guardiola’s side, while Blues striker Kai Havertz struggled .

City now face either Oxford United or Arsenal in the fourth round, while Chelsea need to improve a lot if they are to be proud again this season. Below, Sportsmail’s Chris Wheeler (Reviews) and Lewis Browning (Clarifications) rate the players from both teams after the game.

Manchester City dominated Chelsea with a 4-0 victory and a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup

Riyad Mahrez shone when he scored a brace in the first half of the game, including a beautiful free-kick.

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Stefan Ortega could have put up a sun lounger if he wanted. He used his hands but seemed comfortable with his feet, as you have to play in a city team. 6

Kyle Walker had a chance to lead the team and was given 90 minutes after his early retirement on Thursday. Great race to support Foden. 7

Manuel Akanji Strong performance in the middle and completed Laporte well. Like the other defenders, he rarely tests himself. 6.5

Aymeric Laporte Walking through the park on his return to fitness. I probably couldn’t have asked for an easier game. 7

Aymeric Laporte put in a great performance for City on Sunday after returning from injury

Sergio Gomez finally got his chance at full-back and impressed. He could be used more in the league. 6

Rodri Simple but effective as always. He’ll be frustrated at being reserved, but he makes it look easy. 7

Bernardo Silva Another positive performance in midfield, orchestrated game. A classy moment to feed Foden, who then won the second penalty. 6.5

Phil Foden looked home centrally with many fans clamoring for him. He will be happy to have minutes on the bench after the limited opportunities after the World Cup. 7

Phil Foden impressed in a central position for City, scoring a goal and winning a penalty

Riyad Mahrez A truly sensational free kick to score and Chelsea allowed him to repeatedly cut inside. The penalty will do him good, it seems City’s best option on the right. 8

Cole Palmer slipped under the radar and missed a good opportunity early on, but it’s clear why City value him so highly. Linked is playing well and will enjoy more minutes over time. 6

Julián Álvarez continues to play with a smile on his face and why shouldn’t he? He was very confident taking the penalty and was unlucky not to take a second. 6.5

Julián Álvarez (left) scored a penalty in his comeback after winning the World Cup


Kalvin Phillips (Rodri 58) More minutes on the bench while trying to win over his coach. 6

Joao Cancelo (Gómez 59) suddenly finds himself out of favor but is challenged again. 6

Rico Lewis (Silva 86)

Unused substitutes: Ederson, Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Haaland, De Bruyne.

Manager – Pep Guardiola He didn’t have the most difficult task in the world, but he allowed his team to dominate events regardless of the occasion and was able to rest key players. 7

Man City manager Pep Guardiola didn’t have to think too hard during the game.


Kepa Arrizabalaga was left unprotected by his defense and probably should have scored Álvarez’s penalty but had few chances on the other goals. 5

Trevoh Chalobah Hing was a bit dry at right-back, but he gave his best against Palmer, Foden and Gomez. He will have better days. 5

Bashir Humphreys looked like the senior in the Chelsea defense despite making his professional debut. He wasn’t afraid to take it and he can be proud of his accomplishment. 5.5

Kalidou Koulibaly looked at the sea again and felt uncomfortable on and off the ball. He had to be attended by a young man in his debut and missed a pointless penalty. 4.5

Kalidou Koulibaly was back in bad shape for Chelsea at center back for the Blues

Lewis Hall had some good touches but was impressed by the quality of City’s attack and Mahrez in particular. He’ll be fine. 6

Jorginho looked like an aging midfielder waiting to leave the club. He was completely overrun in midfield and Chelsea are probably better off without him. 5.5

Mateo Kovacic A very good player, but he can’t do it alone. He came out early to shield him from anything after he’s been playing a lot of minutes lately. 5

Conor Gallagher Possibly his worst performance in a Chelsea shirt. He occasionally looked at the ball to put his team in trouble and received another hasty yellow card. 6

Struggling to influence the game, Conor Gallagher (right) grew frustrated

Unable to show his international form at club level, Hakim Ziyech Again also got involved early. I’m sure there will be a movement soon. 5.5

Mason Mount It’s good that the team is coming back from injury, but it didn’t register. Almost completely anonymous. 5

Kai Havertz seemed disinterested and did not take the lead again. Handball incredibly weird and justifiably addicted to Potter. 4

Kai Havertz missed a penalty and snagged at half-time with an unbelievably poor performance


David Datro Fofana (Havertz 46) He had some touches on his debut but didn’t get an ounce of serve. 6

Denis Zakaria (Kovacic 46) He and Kovacic are by far the two best midfielders Chelsea have. 6

César Azpilicueta (Jorginho 63) threw the ball into billboards in frustration at one point and no one can blame him. A veteran player watches as the walls collapse before his eyes. 6

Omari Hutchinson (Ziyech 63) generally struggled but found himself in some good attacking positions. will come again 6

Carney Chukwuemeka (Mount 73) was unlucky not to start but struggled to impress when he came on as a substitute. 6

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Badiashile, Silva, Cucurella.

Manager: Graham Potter It’s not entirely your fault. Chelsea is in the situation she is in, but she needs to get results fast as the fans are already losing patience. If she worked under the previous regime, she may have already lost her job. 5

Referee: Robert Jones missed an obvious handball on the first penalty, but got second. I didn’t have to make too many difficult calls. 7

Chelsea manager Graham Potter has a lot on his mind if he wants to turn his team’s fortunes around.


Author: Rahul Barod

With over 2 years of experience in the field of journalism, Rahul Barod heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive News Writer.

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