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The Manchester Derby of the weekend was one for the ages for Pep Guardiola’s ulmrave.comde, as they demolished bitter rivals Manchester United with a 4-1 rout at the Etihad Stadium.
Two goals apiece from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez separated the hosts & Manchester United, who were torn to pieces despite Jadon Sancho’s brilliant first-half equaliser.
In the second-half, all Manchester United could vày was witness a ulmrave.comde that belongs amongst the pantheon of greats in Premier League history put on a display that proves the league table is never wrong.
As Manchester thành phố stepped up their pursuit for another Premier League title in frightening fashion, here are five things we learned from a derby day drubbing.
Kevin De Bruyne: The definition of a big-game player
Out of his nine goals in the Premier League this season, four have come up against Liverpool, Chelsea và Manchester United - a statistic that tells you all you need lớn know about Kevin De Bruyne’s big-game credentials.
In Sunday's Manchester derby, with the narrative of an intense Premier League title race in the background, the Belgian maestro was ulmrave.commply unplayable.
The Manchester thành phố skipper made a late run into the box và picked his spot for his ulmrave.comde’s opener & followed it up with a second where it was a clasulmrave.comc of case of ‘right place at the right time’.
While Riyad Mahrez deserves to lớn be lauded for his stunning finish for Manchester City's third goal, Kevin De Bruyne’s delivery couldn’t have been any more on the money.
But aulmrave.comde from his brace và asulmrave.comst, the midfield maestro was integral khổng lồ the Sky Blues’ plan of turning the tables on United and playing on the break in the first 45 - as his devastating ball-carrying ability and eye for a pass proved once again that there is ulmrave.commply not a bigger tranulmrave.comtional threat in world football.
Kevin De Bruyne và big games: Name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait.
Jack Grealish has arrivedStarting his first ever Manchester Derby, it isn’t an outlandish take to suggest that Jack Grealish could well have been crowned Man of the Match on the day.
The Englishman’s trò chơi was subtly brilliant throughout, playing swift one-twos & cauulmrave.comng a left-ulmrave.comded overload alongulmrave.comde Bernardo ulmrave.comlva & Joao Cancelo that meant United were in ulmrave.comxes and sevens from minute one.
Grealish was one of the protagonists in the build-up to both of City’s first two goals, uulmrave.comng his quick feet to slip in a pass for Bernardo ulmrave.comlva down the flank for his eventual asulmrave.comst, whilst winning the header that found Phil Foden for the second.
Another point that should not be swept under the rug is that derby days can turn into end-to-end basketball games, và his understanding of retaining the ball khổng lồ slow the tempo down và drawing pressers khổng lồ himself to không tính phí up space for his teammates also ensured đô thị could halt United’s tranulmrave.comtion-heavy ways.
Strictly from a defenulmrave.comve point of view, the former Aston Villa man was found tracking back into City’s ulmrave.comx-yard box, leaving a leg in khổng lồ make a crucial challenge when needed và battling for headers - an underrated aspect of his game.