Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne lift Manchester City to new heights
Champions-elect Manchester City seemed surprisingly out of types throughout the first 45 minutes of their Premier League conflict with Leicester City.
But after the break they have been reworked as Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne placed on an attacking masterclass to assist the runaway leaders rout the 2016 champions 5-1.
The Argentine scored 4 second-half objectives to take his season’s tally to 21, whereas De Bruyne pulled the strings on the coronary heart of City’s attacking orchestra, including three assists in one other flawless efficiency.
The Belgian tore Leicester aside with an unrivalled vary of quick and lengthy passing and will take some catching within the contest for the Premier League’s participant of the yr.
Aguero is the fourth participant — after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Harry Kane — to rating 20-plus objectives in 4 consecutive Premier League campaigns.
De Bruyne, in the meantime, has registered extra assists than some other participant in Europe’s high 5 leagues since 2012.
“Kevin is an amazing player so it’s good that he’s playing with us,” Aguero instructed Sky Sports.
“I don’t know (which was my favorite purpose) — possibly the final one as a result of it’s a very long time since I scored from exterior the field. We are joyful, so we’ve got to proceed the identical manner now. Today was an vital three factors.
“Now we’ve got Champions League, and the (Carabao Cup) remaining, so vital video games. We are shut (to the title). We have extra vital video games.”
With the pair ably backed by a sensational supporting forged, together with Leroy Sane, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, City have scored 20 extra objectives than the next-best attacking aspect, Liverpool, and amassed 16 factors greater than metropolis rivals United, in second place.
Hurtling in the direction of the title in a method not often seen earlier than, Pep Guardiola’s aspect have been labelled by many one of the best to grace the Premier League.
City have solely 11 extra matches to navigate en route to what could be their first championship since 2014 and additionally stay firmly within the hunt within the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
“Hopefully we can fight for every game in all competitions. We can try and do absolutely everything,” Guardiola instructed the BBC.
“But we are able to drop factors, lose video games, however so long as we’re who we’re. My recommendation for the players shouldn’t be to assume what number of video games are left, simply to look to the following one.
“Every time we dropped factors this season, the following sport we gained, which is so vital. Keeping that consistency is so vital for us. If we’re in a position to win the title it will likely be one thing particular for us.”