The Belgian star participated in all three of City’s goals in the 3-1 defeat of Wolverhampton in the second round of the Premier League on September 22.
Manchester City opened the 2020/21 season with a match against Wolverhampton. Coach Pep Guardiola and his students won only one match in the last 5 confrontations with “Wolves” in all competitions.
Man City was given the lead but had many difficulties in approaching Wolves’ goal. The host retreated deeply into the squad, constantly approaching to block the opponent’s ball phase.
While Gabriel Jesus and Sterling were helpless against the amber defense, Kevin De Bruyne made the difference in the 20th minute. The Belgian midfielder’s attempt to take the ball forced defender Romain Saiss to foul in the penalty area.
De Bruyne assumed responsibility for kicking 11 m. He did not miss the chance to score and put Man City ahead. If the first goal came from a personal effort, Man City’s second goal in the 32nd minute came after a beautiful bounce.
The great combination of De Bryune, Jesus, and Sterling
The combination of De Bryune, Jesus, and Sterling ended with a neat finish from Phil Foden. Foden had been involved in a scandal while on duty in England. However, this does not affect the professionalism of the player born in 2000.
2 goals help Man City play more confidently. Pep’s army constantly pressured and almost got a goal to increase the score to 3-0 in the 42nd minute. De Bruyne dribbled past Joao Moutinho but failed to win goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the face-to-face phase. Man City closed the first half with 7 shots, 5 of which went on target. On the other side of the front line, Wolves did not create a significant opportunity.
Wolves increased pressure in the late game. The effort of coach Nuno Santo’s teachers and students was rewarded to shorten the score to 1-2 in the 78th minute. Podence “threaded” De Bruyne, before crossing the ball just within reach for Raul Jimenez to hit the net of Man City.
Wolves are too engrossed in attacking, leading to neglect in defense. In the second half, Gabriel Jesus received the ball from De Bruyne, before shooting to increase the score to 3-1 for Man City. Goalkeeper Patricio could do nothing more when the ball touched his teammate’s foot and changed direction.
Pep Guardiola and his students opened the new season with a 3-1 victory over Wolverhampton.