Wolves 1-5 Man City: Kevin de Bruyne scored four goals and sent the leaders three points more

De Bruyne has scored 19 goals in all competitions for Manchester City in this campaign – his best goal-scoring season at the club since joining in 2015.

Kevin de Bruyne’s stunning four-goal goal helped Manchester City beat the Wolves and regained their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s side now need just four points from their last two meetings to ensure they finish above Liverpool and win their fourth title in five seasons.

De Bruyne played a central role in all those previous triumphs, but this was an individual show that must rank among the best of his stellar collection in the City T-shirt.

The Belgian started a move that led to the opening of his side, and finished it, running on a pass from Bernardo Silva to score at home.

It didn’t take the Wolves long to respond, with a quick counterattack that ended when Pedro Neto found Leander Dendoncker in space on the edge of a five-pointer to shoot next to Ederson.

However, this was De Bruyne’s stage and he quickly got his side back ahead. He also played a role in the upgrade again, and was in the right place to break in the jump after Jose Sa beat Raheem Sterling on his pass.

His third goal – again with a so-called weaker left foot – was the pick of the group, and he saw it drive towards the edge of the field and twist into the bottom corner.

De Bruyne’s hat-trick was his first for City, and with 24 minutes he was the third fastest in Premier League history.

He celebrated in style by copying the meditation celebration of his future teammate Erling Haaland, whom City signed this week, but it was not over yet.

City came out in the second half looking for more goals to improve their goal difference, which was already three better than Liverpool before the start.

Raheem Sterling thought he extended their lead when he ran clean and beat Sa, but the offside flag interrupted his celebration.

De Bruyne was left to score 4-1, usually without a mistake when a cross by Phil Foden swerved into his path and found the bottom corner with his first right-footed attempt tonight.

More chances followed, Foden hit the post and Sterling missed an easy opportunity, but in the end someone else got into the action and Sterling hit an empty net after Sa rejected Joa Cancel.

However, this was still De Bruyne’s show. City have not yet crossed the border, and their next test is an awkward trip to West Ham on Sunday, but based on this evidence they will stop a bit.

More to come.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Detachment number1Player nameJosé Sá

  2. Detachment number19Player nameJonny

  3. Detachment number16Player nameCoady

  4. Detachment number15Player namePain

  5. Detachment number20Player nameChiquinho

  6. Detachment number32Player nameDendoncker

  7. Detachment number8Player nameRuben Neves

  8. Detachment number28Player nameJoão Moutinho

  9. Detachment number3Player nameAït-Nouri

  10. Detachment number7Player namePedro Neto

  11. Detachment number9Player nameJimenez

  1. Detachment number11Player nameTrinity

  2. Detachment number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan

  3. Detachment number39Player nameHug

Manchester City

  1. Detachment number6Player nameAke
  2. Detachment number10Player nameGrealish
  3. Detachment number26Player nameMahrez

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Wolves

Forming 3-5-2

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 16Coady
  • 15Pain
  • 20Tomás Oliveira
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8Neves
  • 28João MoutinhoReplaced byHugon 85 ‘minutes
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 7NetReplaced byMachado Trincãoon 72 ‘minutes
  • 9JimenezReplaced byHwang Hee-Chanon 72 ‘minutes

Replacements

  • 2Hoever
  • 5Marçal
  • 11Machado Trincão
  • 14mosque
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 21Blush
  • 24Gomes
  • 26Hwang Hee-Chan
  • 39Hug

Man City

Forming 4-2-3-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 27give it up
  • 25FernandinhoReplaced byMahrezon 77 ‘minutes
  • 14LaporteReplaced byAkeon 61 ‘minutes
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 16Rodri
  • 8Gündogan
  • 7Sterling
  • 17De BruyneBooked for 78 minutes
  • 47FodenReplaced byGrealishon 81 ‘minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva

Replacements

  • 6Ake
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 10Grealish
  • 13Steffen
  • 26Mahrez
  • 56Egan-Riley
  • 79Mbete
  • 80Palmer
  • 90Lavia

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