Kevin De Bruyne started this goal scoring play for Manchester City with a header pass and finished it with a perfect first touch and goal. Calm all the way through. De Bruyne ran 80 yards to score too. He didn’t have to follow the play. Perhaps playing forward or a false nine for the first time pushed him to get into the attack more for City.
De Bruyne plays a perfect header pass to Raheem Sterling to send him on his way as the Chelsea team is pushed up too high and nobody is back to defend. N’Golo Kante had tried to play the ball back into the danger area but the ball went right to De Bruyne who smartly headed the ball to Sterling. Really, it’s a powerful header to spring Sterling one versus one with the keeper. It’s no wonder that Pep Guardiola called De Bruyne one of the best players he’s ever coached.
And then when Sterling’s shot hits the crossbar De Bruyne is there to take the weight out of the soccer ball with a soft first touch and then coolly slot the ball home. He really makes it all look so easy. It’s a genius counter attack by the possession kings Manchester City.
Funny enough they can’t score after thirty passes against a Chelsea team that’s packed behind the ball but score in one header pass on the counter. That’s football. Who needs 52 passes in a row before they score!
Manchester City produced a blistering performance to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. The hard work was all done in the space of 16 first-half minutes that blew away Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 3, 2021