Chelsea’s loss has been Manchester City’s gain. Jose Mourinho never fancied him, but Manuel Pellegrini wouldn’t swap him for your finest bottle of Chilean wine.
Manchester City enjoyed a 2-1 win over Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium that was lucky in the extreme. Their dust-up with the Europa League winners seemed certain to finish 1-1 after an unfortunate Adil Rami own goal on 36 minutes had restored parity from Yevhen Konoplyanka’s opening effort for the Liga side on 30 minutes, but De Bruyne had the final say by slotting the winning goal from a Yaya Toure pass in time added on.
City have snagged wins against Borussia Monchengladbach and Sevilla to move up to second in Group D, a point behind Juventus after their defeat to the Italian champions in the opening match. They look to be in rude health. The season is barely two months old, but De Bruyne already appears to be a mere snip at £54m, the type of buy in Premier League parlance that should pay itself back before the £5.136 billion television contract kicks in next season. You tend to get better value abroad. If City have overpaid for Raheem Sterling at £49m, they appear to have paid less than the going rate for De Bruyne. If such a possibility exists.
Was his manager happy?
Pellegrini is not nicknamed the smiling South American, but he looked like he had discovered Manchester’s finest Chilean eating spot when he welcomed De Bruyne off the pitch at full-time. For making his manager burst into a momentous broad smile that looked like it would need to burned off with a blow torch, De Bruyne deserves credit. “We bought Kevin because we thought he was a very creative player. He has goals in him,” said Pellegrini. “This team always tries to play attractive and offensive football and for that you need good players. In all senses he was the perfect player to arrive to our team.” A timely glass of Concha Y Toro Don Melchor would have tasted good last night.
And was De Bruyne content with his lot?
You could say that. At the ripe old age of 24, he looks like a young chap who does not get overly up nor down with life’s highs and low. treat those imposter just the same as they say. “I think even though we didn’t have our best game in the end we tried everything to look for the victory and thankfully we could score,” he said.
What are De Bruyne’s stats for the season?
He has scored nine goals in 17 outings for club and country. In his past seven games, he has scored four times with five assists. His breathtaking effort in the 6-1 win over Newcastle earlier this month tends to be overlooked by Sergio Aguero’s five, but that in itself was a thing of real beauty as he hooked a volley over his shoulder into the visiting net in a finish of high technical quality. He is a high calibre figure. Talk about hitting the ground running? De Bruyne is sprinting at his new club both figuratively and literally judging by the nature of his celebrations in sealing the City win.