The Lowdown: City seal win…
The Sky Blues sealed yet another convincing win this afternoon with a 3-0 victory away to 10-man Wolves, and as per usual, summer signing Erling Haaland made headlines by adding another goal to his scintillating record.
It didn’t take long for City to open their account with club record acquisition Jack Grealish grabbing his first strike of the campaign after just 60 seconds, feeding off De Bruyne’s low cross to bundle an effort past Jose Sa.
Haaland then joined in on the act by guiding a low, precise effort into the bottom left-hand corner – twisting Wolves defender Max Kilman inside-out before unleashing the drive.
It got bad to worse for Wolves with defender Nathan Collins sent off for a dangerous tackle on Grealish, but that wasn’t all she wrote, as the home side briefly threatened City in the second period – even managing to carve out some good chances.
Despite being a man down, Bruno Lage’s men attempted to pressure their visitors but were caught out by a swift counter-attack which ended the game.
Haaland, De Bruyne and goal scorer Phil Foden linked up brilliantly for the Sky Blues’ third of the game and ultimately ended proceedings.
The Latest: De Bruyne praise…
After notching two assists on the day, one for Grealish and one for Foden either side of Haaland’s strike, Belgium international star De Bruyne was praised by media members for his ‘mesmerising’ display.
“It’s mad how intelligent De Bruyne is with his crosses, be it low or high” – Roberto Rojas, journalist for DAZN (via Twitter).
“Kevin De Bruyne is mesmerising to watch” – Thierry Nyan, journalist for TV 3 Network (via Twitter).
The Verdict: Huge player…
While Haaland will continue to grab all the attention, you cannot understate the role De Bruyne plays in manager Pep Guardiola’s system.
The 31-year-old has now been directly contributed to 150 goals in 217 English top flight games (via Squawka), a truly astonishing record and one which could cement his place as an all-time great of the division – as if he wasn’t already.
De Bruyne will have a major role to play as City seek to retain their domestic crown for a third successive season.
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