Friday, February 3rd, 2023

Kevin De Bruyne Star Scores

Manchester City vs Leeds United: Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne displayed his sublime skills as he fired in a powerful long range shot vs Leeds United.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne proved yet again why he is considered a force to reckon with when it comes to scoring goals from outside the box. Although it was a fixture Manchester City would not have fretted much about, the home team stepped on to the field with all guns blazing. City scored a splendid seven as Leeds United were thrashed in a one-sided Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium. The win saw City retain their spot at the top of the points table, four points ahead of second-placed Liverpool for the time being.

It was in the 62nd minute that the Belgian midfielder received a pass on the edge of the penalty box from the left-wing from Ilkay Gundogan. De Bruyne took a couple of soft touches, looked towards the net once and then powered home the fifth goal of the match with a stupendous screamer as Leeds keeper Illan Meslier could only watch.

The sheer force of the strike even made the commentators jump to life. “Pick that one out,” said the commentator.

De Bruyne ended the game with two goals in his kitty. The others to get into the scoresheet, with one goal each, were Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones, and Nathan Ake.

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With 65 percent possession of the ball, City clearly dominated the game and registered 15 shots on target while Leeds had three shots on target.

The Leeds forwards were left helpless by a strict and disciplined Manchester City defence that held on to the ball with authority and executed interceptions to perfection.

Next up for Man City is an away fixture against Newcastle United on December 19 at St. James’ Park.

even without a recognizable striker. A seventh successive victory. Manchester City are looking ruthless in its Premier League 2021-22 title defense. Kevin De Bruyne struck twice, while Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones and Nathan Ake also got on the scoresheet as the champions overpowered Leeds 7-0 on Tuesday. (More Football News)

In a tight title race, the flurry of goals moved City within two of Liverpool’s goal difference of plus-33. “We didn’t score as many goals this season,” manager Pep Guardiola said, “but today was a good run to be close to Liverpool and Chelsea.”

City has a four-point lead over 2020 champion Liverpool, which plays Newcastle on Thursday. That’s when Chelsea, which is a point further back, hosts Everton. The seven-goal defeat equaled the worst losing margin in the history of Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s team is five points above the relegation zone.

“There is nothing positive to take away from our performance. I can’t find anything that can be valued,” Bielsa told BT Sport. “As is natural in these cases, it is not the individuals that fail but the organization.

“There is no justification I can offer,” he continued, “the game was exactly how we thought it was going to be. We prepared ourselves to avoid everything that happened and we didn’t manage to get anything.”

Guardiola had warned that Leeds’ high-tempo style would need to be countered and City did this by tearing into the visitors from the outset. “We lost five points last season playing Leeds,” Guardiola said.

“We tried to prepare well and maybe the players felt it was a more serious team than people think about. We saw the game against Chelsea (a 3-2 loss for Leeds on Saturday) and they deserved to take a point with the way they fought. Maybe they were a little bit tired.”

With Rodri producing one of his best performances in a City shirt, the hosts attacked at will and with great fluidity. City was absolutely relentless after Foden guided in a shot from outside the box in the eighth minute.

Another goal followed just five minutes when Mahrez curled the ball back into the area for Grealish to head into the net. Rodri played in De Bruyne to thump in a low shot in the 32nd and the only surprise was it took City until four minutes into the second half to score again when a shot from Mahrez deflected in off Junior Firpo.

De Bruyne was on target again with a ferocious long-range strike in the 62nd and Stones scored in the 74th. Ake’s powerful header completed Leeds’ misery four minutes later.

With four wins now in six games as manager, Steven Gerrard is transforming Aston Villa’s fortunes. The former Liverpool captain’s latest success was getting the better of the manager he replaced at Villa last month as Dean Smith’s new team, Norwich, was beaten 2-0.

Jacob Ramsey played a one-two with Ollie Watkins by the halfway line and ran at the defense before firing the ball past goalkeeper Tim Krul in the 34th minute at Carrow Road. The second came in the 87th when 18-year-old substitute Carney Chukwuemeka got away down the left and squared for Watkins to tap home.

While Norwich is in last place in the Premier League, Villa is up to ninth after the resurgence under Gerrard. Smith was fired by Villa after five straight losses but he quickly filled Norwich’s managerial vacancy.

Norwich is three points from safety approaching the midway point of the season after picking up only five points in Smith’s six matches.

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