Man City's best and worst players in FA Cup semi-final triumph over Chelsea

  • Man City beat Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday
  • Late Bernardo Silva goal snatched a hard-fought victory
  • Erling Haaland left out of the squad through injury
De Bruyne helped City to victory
De Bruyne helped City to victory / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester City proved they did not need the injured Erling Haaland as they beat Chelsea 1-0 to book a place in the FA Cup final.

It was far from a vintage performance from City, who need to thank whoever stole Nicolas Jackson's shooting boots, but their big names stepped up in the end as Kevin De Bruyne's cross found Bernardo Silva late on to seal a win which helped ease the pain of the European elimination in midweek.

Here are Man City's best and worst players from the game according to 90min's player ratings.

Man City's best player vs Chelsea

Stefan Ortega - 8/10

Stefan Ortega
A busy game for Ortega / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Chelsea had the better opportunities to win this game and the Blues would have come out on top if Stefan Ortega wasn't on his game.

While Nicolas Jackson's wastefulness made life pretty easy for City's backup stopper, Ortega constantly got in the way of everything Chelsea threw at him and gave his side the platform they needed to go on and secure the win.

Honourable mention

Jack Grealish - 7/10

Jack Grealish
Grealish was a danger / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Pretty much every player in City's forward line took far too long to get going here, but not Jack Grealish, who was up for the battle from the first whistle.

He found himself in an entertaining battle with Malo Gusto, exchanging victories as he set up a number of decent chances before being replaced by Jeremy Doku.

Man City's worst player vs Chelsea

Julian Alvarez - 5/10

Julian Alvarez
A quiet outing from Alvarez / Julian Finney/GettyImages

It's not that Julian Alvarez was particularly bad, it's just that he didn't really do anything during the game.

Chelsea limited the space available to Haaland's deputy, whose desire to drop deep often left City without a focal point when they really needed one.

Dishonourable mention

Kyle Walker - 5/10

Kyle Walker
A mixed bag from Walker / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Kyle Walker used his pace to get City out of a handful of sticky situations, but only needed to do so because his poor positioning got him in trouble in the first place.

The sight of Nicolas Jackson bursting down his side of the pitch was far too common, and while he does deserve credit for helping to stop the counters, there's only so much credit you can give to one of the causes of the counters in the first place.