Manchester City’s Comeback Victory Spearheaded by Kevin de Bruyne

Manchester City’s Comeback Victory Spearheaded by Kevin de Bruyne

Manchester City can thank Kevin de Bruyne. Led against the run of play by a Newcastle team still formidable at home, the Cityzens still managed to win 3 goals to 2 on the pitch at St James Park this Saturday evening as part of the 21st day of Premier League. Overthrown in two short minutes in the first period on two personal exploits against Alexander Isak (34th) and Anthony Gordon (36th), Pep Guardiola’s men finally got the better of the Magpies thanks to the achievements of Bernardo Silva (25th), Kevin de Bruyne (73rd) and Oscar Bobb (90th+1).

City’s defense still feverish

Clearly dominant throughout a match which they finished with 72.7% of ball possession and 27 shots on goal, the Cityzens nevertheless almost stumbled in Newcastle on a guilty shift in concentration from their defense in space. two minutes. However, the story started very well since it took less than half an hour for Bernardo Silva (25th, 0-1) to open the scoring with a splendid Madjer on a cross from Kyle Walker.

But when nothing seemed to be able to stop the fine Mancunian mechanics and Bernardo Silva (28th), then Julian Alvarez (32nd) came very close to giving City the break goal, Pep Guardiola’s men suddenly lost track of ‘a meeting that until then they had mastered on the tips of their crampons. The rocket Alexander Isak (34th, 1-1) rushed into the breach by crucifying Stefan Ortega, replacing the unfortunate Ederson who was injured in the 8th minute of play after being hit by Kyle Walker, with a marvelous strike wrapped from the right into the opposite small net. Then the no less restless Anthony Gordon (36th, 2-1) took over from the Swedish international two minutes later by executing an equally fabulous almost copy and paste.

A goal, an assist and an XXL impact: de Bruyne, what a comeback!

Knocked down by a Newcastle team that is still decidedly unpredictable this season, Manchester City took several minutes before recovering from this devastating double uppercut from the Magpies. And we had to wait for the entry of the returning and indispensable Kevin de Bruyne to resume the thread of a meeting which seemed to want to escape the Mancunian team.

Although logically still lacking rhythm after his long injury (four months) to his hamstrings, the Belgian immediately revived the fabulous game of the Cityzens, sending on his first ball a very nice free kick (69th) which was difficult to repel by the impeccable Martin Dubravka. Feeling his team lacking inspiration in the face of the Magpies now cornered in front of their surface and confined to defending, de Bruyne (73rd, 2-2) then took matters in hand and equalized with a personal rush concluded by a low strike at level with the ground as precise as it is clear. Then the City playmaker showed an opening love to the young Oscar Bobb (90th, 2-3) whom the little Norwegian was responsible for converting into the winning goal following a no less magnificent double -contact in front of Dubravka.

Pulled from a very bad start by their brilliant Belgian playing master, Kyle Walker’s teammates won a thirteenth victory in the Premier League which places them in second position in the standings with a total of 43 points, two less than the leader Liverpool (45 points). Above all, this seventh success for the Sky Blues on the road confirms their comfort away from the Etihad Stadium and extends the current crazy series a little further. With this hard-won victory, Manchester City pocketed their eighth success in nine matches played in all competitions.

2024-01-13 20:22:00
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