Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish handed brutal player ratings by L’Equipe as Ederson is also given a harsh review despite his TWO match-winning saves in Man City’s Champions League final triumph
- L’Equipe have delivered their player ratings after the Champions League final
- RECAP: Man City defeated Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul to clinch a historic Treble
- The French outlet gave Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish brutal player ratings
Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish have both been given brutal player ratings by L’Equipe following their Champions League triumph on Saturday night.
Pep Guardiola’s side were crowned champions of Europe after they held on against Inter Milan, to claim a 1-0 win at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium and clinch a historic Treble.
Rodri provided the inspiration that the Citizens needed, striking a low, right-footed shot past two Inter defenders in the 68th minute to secure the title for the English side.
While the Premier League champions got the job done in Istanbul, it was not the level of performance that we might have expected from City, who despite scoring the only goal of the game, were pushed right to the end by Simone Inzaghi’s side.
And after the match, French newspaper L’Equipe, who are known for having delivered some scathing player ratings in the past, once again delivered some interesting verdicts on how each player performed throughout the game.
Manchester City won the Champions League final last night defeating Inter Milan 1-0
French newspaper L’Equipe have been rating the players during the match, giving some scathing reviews for Jack Grealish (pictured) and Erling Haaland
Ederson (right) was also given a slightly harsh rating after keeping City in the match with a sublime last-gasp save
Despite challenging Andre Onana in goal on several occasions, Haaland, who has managed to rack up an enormous 52 goal tally across all competitions this season, failed to find the back of the net during the game.
It means the Norwegian striker has scored just once in his last eight appearances, failing also to register a goal in the FA Cup final.
He was strong on the ball and looked threatening, driving at Inter Milan’s defence at the Ataturk Stadium. Despite testing Onana with a strong left footed shot in the first half, he was largely starved of service, having to drop back to help out in midfield on several occasions, with L’Equipe awarding him a 4/10.
The Norwegian drank in the jubilant atmosphere after full-time, but Haaland admitted, despite a very successful first season at the Premier League club that he still had plenty of work to do on his game.
‘I can improve a lot,’ Haaland told BT Sport after the game.
‘On a good day I could have scored two goals but really don’t care about that right now, in finals it is about winning you all know that, about getting the trophy.’
His team-mate, Grealish, was similarly given a low 4/10 score by the French newspaper.
The England winger came up against Denzel Dumfries, a formidable opponent on the night, and despite the Dutchman also being awarded a 4/10 from L’Equipe, he largely kept Grealish at bay throughout the match.
French newspaper L’Equipe have given some brutal ratings to a few Man City players
While joking that he was ‘awful’ after the match, Grealish still worked hard on the ball, drawing fouls and getting into dangerous areas.
After full-time, Grealish said: ‘I don’t know, this is what you work your whole life for, so happy man.
‘I was awful today but I don’t care, to win the treble, this group of players and staff are so special. Anyone that knows me knows how much of a family person I am and how much I love football and is what I work for my whole life.
‘You think back to all the people that have helped you along the way, seeing my family makes me emotional.’
Ederson, meanwhile, was perhaps a stand-out performer for City, and while Rodri scored the all important goal, with L’Equipe awarding the Spanish midfielder a 7/10, the City goalkeeper was pivotal in securing the win.
Ederson (in goal) pulled off a remarkable stop to deny Romelu Lukaku’s (second from bottom) header in the dying embers of the game
Haaland failed to score in the game, meaning he’s scored once in his last eight appearances for the club
But that stat will mean little for the striker, who celebrated with his team after the match
Pep Guardiola has now guided his City team to a historic treble following their UCL final win
Ederson (pictured), alongside Rodri, was a standout during the match, and he smiled as he hoisted the trophy after the game
While almost being caught out by Nicolo Barella’s looping shot that struck the cross bar, the Brazilian would make a clutch save to keep out Romelu Lukaku’s driving header in the dying embers of the game.
Even so, the French outlet opted to award him a fairly harsh 6/10 rating, despite keeping City in the game.
Elsewhere, Phil Foden who replaced Kevin De Bruyne on the 36th minute mark was given a 6/10 for his solid performance in midfield, while John Stones, who kept running all night also received a 6/10.
Inter Milan were given some harsh scores too, with Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella receiving 5/10 and 4/10 respectively, while their front men, Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko both copped 4/10 scores from the French newspaper.
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