Wolverhampton 1-5 Manchester City
Goals: Dendoncker (11and) for Wolves // De Bruyne (7and16and24and and 60and) and Sterling (85and) for City
After Liverpool’s victory on Tuesday, Manchester City had to achieve such a feat against Wolverhampton in order to consolidate their place as Premier League leaders. A job done with class at the Molineux Stadium this Wednesday evening and marked with the initials KDB.
A game that only took about ten minutes to settle. Taking advantage of a poor recovery from José Sá, İlkay Gündoğan was indeed able to serve Kevin De Bruyne, forgotten at the penalty spot, to open the scoring (0-1, 7and). But as often, the Skyblues left their opponents with the necessary space. What to see Pedro Neto spin on his left lane and find at the entrance to the surface Leander Dendoncker, serene when opening his foot (1-1, 11and). Cooled down, Pep Guardiola’s men therefore simplified their game and revised their intentions upwards. Intentions bearing the name of “De Bruyne”. To the rescue, the Belgian took charge of putting his own in front of an opportunistic volley, after a bad exit from Sá (1-2, 16and)before breaking a missile placed (1-3, 24and). The leader rang the alarm clock.
It must be said that after the break, the playmaker decided to drive the point home by boasting of a nice poker. Launching Phil Foden into the box and receiving Raheem Sterling’s throw, De Bruyne effectively wrapped up the head-to-head move, scoring a royal quadruple (1-4, 60and). Overwhelmed, despite the awakening that we thought possible at the start of the game, the wolves (three shots on target) have thus abdicated. The opposite of the visitors, including Foden, thinking of going there from his pawn, without the intervention of the post (67and). In the end, it was Sterling who was able to take advantage of the opposing largesse, pushing to the bottom a missed strike from João Cancelo (1-5, 84and). The child of Kingston, in a duel with Sá, being even close to the double in stride, but missing the frame (87and). No regrets, of course.
Still leading, Manchester City (89 points) therefore retains its three units on Liverpool and is only 180 minutes away from an eighth domestic title. Wolverhampton, eighth, only keeps a slight contact with seventh position, the last European ticket in England.
Wolverhampton (3-5-2): Sá – Boly, Coady, Jonny – Aït-Nouri, Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker, Chiquinho – Jiménez (Hwang, 72and), Pedro Neto Trincão, 72and). Coach : Bruno Lage.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Ederson – Cancelo, Fernandinho (Fernandinho, 77and), Laporte (Ake, 61and), Zinchenko – Rodri, Gündoğan – Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden (Grealish, 81and) – Bernardo Silva. Coach : Pep Guardiola.