It’s fair to say German newspaper Bild don’t think Manchester City played very well against Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday night. In fact, it’s even fair to say they feel some Manchester City players were terrible.
Bild’s player ratings are very different to what we’re used to. Whilst most ratings are out of 10, or sometimes 5, Bild has used the German school grading system to mark Manchester City and Gladbach.
1 means very good, 2 is good, 3 is average, 4 is passable but still lacking, 5 is deficient and 6 is insufficient. A 6 is the lowest possible grade and, taking it back to the school grades, it means that not only were things not up to standard, but there was even a failure to understand the basics.
Bayern Munich managed to lose against FC Rostov last night and no player got a 6. There were some 6 grades handed out to the Legia Warsaw defence yesterday, but then they did concede 8 against Borussia Dortmund and at times look they’d never played football before.
Back to Manchester City. Bild believe that Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling were so bad that the 6 grade was justified. Sergio Aguero and Jesus Navas didn’t do much better, getting a 5.
The German newspaper think Manchester City’s German international Ilkay Gundogan was the best among Pep Guardiola’s men last night, giving the midfielder an impressive 2.