Manchester City unfolded their season with an away trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. While the Cityznes got the three points after a 3-1 win, the scoreline did not tell the story as the side had a rough second half. Striker Ruben Neves scored the lone goal for the hosts which was generated from the cross after De Bruyne was nutmegged by Daniel Podence.
Wolves were awarded a corner with the score reading 2-0 in the 77th minute. While the corner failed to find a Wolves head, the ball was distributed to the right flank. Daniel Podence stationed there proceeded to produce a silky skill to nutmeg the reigning PFA Player Of The Season, before launching a cross into the penalty area, which was nodded goalwards by Jiminez.
Watch the skill right below:
Nahhhh this was so rude from Podence pic.twitter.com/33kYrgVgFo
— Swanny🔴🇾🇪 (@ftbIswanny) September 21, 2020
It was De Bruyne who ultimately had the last laugh as Gabriel Jesus avoided a deja vu following his injury-time goal to seal the points. De Bruyne had initially scored the opening goal from the spot after a tackle on him inside the area by Roman Saiss.
City dominant in the first half, dodgy in the second
Pep Guardiola handed a debut to centre-back Nathan Ake. Rodri and Fernandinho comprised the midfield in the absence of Ilkaty Gundogan.
The Cityznes boasted most of the possession but did not have anything to show for it. The team were awarded a penalty which De Bruyne converted from the spot. Manchester City doubled the lead following Phil Foden’s tap-in set up by Raheem Sterling.
However, in the second half, Wolves cranked up their intensity which agonizingly were not converted by the forward trio of Raul Jiminez, Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence. It was too late for Wolves after they did score and the visitors restored their two-goal lead in the dying minutes after a deflection helped Jesus’ cause.
Guardiola hails de Bruyne following another impressive display
Manager Pep Guardiola was all praise for the ace Belgian. He said:
“Since we came back with the national teams, every training session I feel his commitment and right now he’s an important player for us – always will be,”
“In the situation we’re in now he is important for us. His penalty was strong, he played really well like all the team.
“He likes to play football, he doesn’t feel the pressure and likes to compete at a high standard.”
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