Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has blasted Manchester City’s performance in their 2-1 Champions League loss against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.
The Citizens were shocked when CSKA striker Seydou Doumbia put the Russian side in an early lead, but restored parity not long later when Yaya Toure equalized for the English champions.
But their night only got worst from there as Doumbia added his second, before Fernandinho and Toure were both sent off leaving Manuel Pellegrini’s side finishing the game with nine men.
There were some refereeing decisions which proved pivotal in the game’s outcome, but Souness dismissed any of these as an excuse for City’s dismal display.
“The mark of big players is that they want the ball all the time, even when the roof is caving in and you didn’t see that from City tonight,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“You saw people go absent, people who didn’t want the ball. Half of that team didn’t want the ball tonight. That team a few months ago looked like a team of world-class players and one which might dominate English football.
“That team, in a very short space of time, have taken one almighty step backwards. It’s a shadow of the team you saw last year.”
City’s biggest blow will be the suspension of Yaya Toure, who will miss the clash against Bayern Munich in the next Champions League fixture.