Dismayed by the reaction to Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis 13

I don’t like seeing individual players getting victimised by fans, and some of the reaction to Martin Demichelis’ performance last night has been deeply unfair. Ignoring the fact that the Argentine was asked to play out of position, there were many underwhelming performances in the Manchester City side last night.

Focusing-in on Demichelis shortcomings - of which there were a few - is the easy option this morning, because it allows you to ignore the elephant in the room: Chelsea were better all over the pitch.

Search Martin Demichelis’s name on Twitter, and you’ll likely read all sorts of abuse and emotionally incontinent rubbish, but a single player doesn’t create the kind of situation we saw unfold last night.

Beyond Jesus Navas and Yaya Toure, there weren’t really any City players who gave a good account of themselves. Edin Dzeko was a complete irrelevance, and his combination with Alvaro Negredo was non-existent, David Silva was - two-scoring opportunities aside - well-below the level we know him to be capable of, Aleksandar Kolarov was a liability in his own half all evening, and Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic looked like they’d never played together before. At times, City were chaotic, and that was about more than just one player.

Did Demichelis have an indirect effect on some of that? Absolutely, but be fair to him, and ask some questions of the seven or eight other players who performed well within themselves last night.

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