This Wednesday, Manchester City moved on the lawn of Wolverhamtpon during the late match of the 33rd day of the Premier League. After elimination in the semi-finals of the Champions League, the Citizens only have the Championship to play for at the end of the season and everything remains to be done while Liverpool, second just behind, with the same number of points in the kick-off. For this meeting, Pep Guardiola decided to turn slightly in front. Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were lined up at the front of the attack while Kevin De Bruyne was positioned lower down. And among all the high-class attackers of the day, it was the Belgian who dazzled the Molineux Stadium.
For once, the Belgian playmaker did not wait to be all red to roll on his opponents. No, this time it only took him 24 minutes to score…a hat-trick. Just that. After a very good serve from Bernardo Silva, the former Chelsea player finished perfectly with a shot from the left (7th) to open the scoring. A few minutes later, when City had just conceded the equalizer through Dendoncker (11′), De Bruyne restored the advantage to his team with a fine recovery (16′). And as if that were not enough, it was he who, once again, broke with a new shot … from the left at the entrance to the surface (3-1, 23rd).
Kevin De Bruyne to the power of 4
Before this match, Kevin De Bruyne had not scored three goals in a match since October 29, 2011, eleven years ago, when he was still playing in Belgium in Genk. But his beautiful historic evening was not over. Dominating, the troops of Pep Guardiola were going to consolidate their first place a little more thanks, of course, to De Bruyne. After coming close to offering three goals to his teammates, the Belgian scored a quadruple by following a ball badly returned by the defense of Wolves, helpless once again (4-1, 61st).
With this large advantage, Manchester City quietly managed the end of the game and therefore secured three precious points in the title race. Sterling had just concluded De Bruyne’s attacking festival with a fifth and final goal. (5-1, 84th) while the Belgian missed the quintuple when his shot smashed the post (90th). Now with a three-point lead, but also a +7 goal difference over Liverpool, the Citizens are more than ever on their way to a new title of Champion of England. Only black point of the evening for City: the injuries of Laporte and Fernandinho in central defense while Ruben Dias and Stones are already out until the end of the season. It will be necessary to grit the teeth to the end to secure the title.