Was given very little to do in the opening 45 minutes despite City's possession football and could do nothing about the visitors' goals, with a wonder strike and poor defending proving to be his side's downfall.
Looked classy on the ball to try and help his side build from the back and fought valiantly against Aguero and Balotelli. Frustrated Mancini's men with some excellent positioning with Samba in the first half but was criminally beaten to the ball by Balotelli for City's second.
Started at left back despite being a far more effective centre-half and struggled throughout, proving unable to cope with Balotelli's speed nor Adam Johnson's guile.
Worked well alongside Dann, going to meet the ball in the air and proving difficult to break down but was sloppy in possession, nearly playing in Yaya Toure shortly before the half hour mark.
The Norway international showed glimpses of class on the ball but struggled to keep up as the visitors moved through the gears. Offered plenty of industry in tracking Nasri following the Frenchman's introduction.
Was put under immense pressure from James Milner but worked the ball really well and nearly played Yakubu in after quarter of an hour. Sluggish in the second half and could've done more to hold up Nasri for City's second.
The 20-year-old was utilised on the right side of defence and did very well in coping with David Silva, forcing the Spaniard inside. Was beaten to the ball on a couple of occasions but certainly showed plenty of promise.
Worked incredibly hard to shield his defence but was overwhelmed by the breaking Yaya Toure and the movement of David Silva. Tired towards the end and stopped working.
Was willing to break into the box and cause a problem for the away side but went missing in the second 45 minutes and was rightly substituted.
Always looked the most likely to make something happen for Steve Kean’s team and didn't give Pablo Zabaleta a minute's rest. Pushed his side on and was unlucky not to get something out of the game.
Looked sharp after a fantastic performance in Bavaria, willing to come and collect the ball and marshalled his defence with confidence.
Looked near unstoppable pounding up the left flank and put up an impressive resistance in the air, meeting the ball well to relieve the pressure on his side. Moved his side up the field and put in the corner that led to Johnson's opener.
Was given the chance to impress by Roberto Mancini at Ewood Park and did little to harm his chances of further first-team opportunities. A reserved but solid performance from the Argentina international.
Rarely looked troubled by the physical approach of Yakubu as he shared the aerial responsibility with Joleon Lescott. An easy afternoon for the Belgian, it turned out.
A very classy defensive performance from the former Everton man, who never looked rushed despite Rovers' attempts to catch their visitors on the break.
Hit an absolutely wonderful strike to break the deadlock and it was very much deserved. Was electrifying out on the right wing, supporting Sergio Aguero and then later Mario Balotelli but, causing Gael Givet all sorts of problems. A little wasteful with his final ball however, but he possibly should've been given more options in the box.
Increasingly looking like the league’s best player. The Spaniard created chances, kept hold of the ball and was largely inspired on the left and in the middle, setting up Nasri for his third. A spellbinding performance from a magical player.
Was a little sluggish in the opening 45 minutes, possibly feeling the strain from a midweek spent on the continent but pushed up following Aguero's injury and got more involved.
Showed plenty of energy in breaking up the hosts possession in midfield, forcing N’Zonzi in particular into some rushed balls. Pulled out a fantastic tackle to deny Yakubu a free shot on goal after a quarter of an hour.
Was given his first Premier League start in place of the benched Edin Dzeko and although looking a little rusty at the start, blazing over from 12 yards out, the Italian grew into the game, stretching the Blackburn defence. Saw a fine effort from 25 yards out go just wide after wasting an early chance before hitting the post in the second half. Finally got his goal to double his side's lead by beating Scott Dann to the ball.
Showed excellent movement in the opening half an hour, weaving in and out of Dann and Samba to leave the Rovers defence in knots but had his afternoon cut short, hobbling off with a suspected groin injury.
- C. Pantilimon
The Montenegrin came on late and got his first goal for the club with a fine strike.
- 22 G. Clichy
- 34 N. de Jong
Replaced Sergio Aguero after half an hour and added some much needed dynamism in the final quarter. Pitched in with an assist for Balotelli's strike and made a real impact, grabbing City's third.
- 18 G. Barry
Replaced Balotelli late on with the game wrapped up.