The Belgian curled a shocking effort into the backside proper nook from 25-yards in the seventieth minute to ship City 13 points clear of the second-positioned Chelsea. This was Manchester City’s twelfth consecutive league victory this season and helped them open a giant hole at the top of the standings.
De Bruyne’s coal sealed a deserved win for Pep Guardiola’s males, who managed a decent contest from the first minute and might need received by an even bigger margin however for a superb save by Chelsea custodian Kepa Arrizabalaga to deny Jack (*13*) in the first half.
Romelu Lukaku pressured an outstanding save from Ederson at the different finish with the scores goalless, however the Belgian striker minimize an remoted determine for a lot of the afternoon as Chelsea arrange to include and infrequently troubled the hosts on the counter-assault.
The stoic protection put up by Thomas Tuchel’s males pissed off the defending champions for lengthy durations, however their efforts have been undone by De Bruyne’s brilliance. The Belgian midfielde’ rode N’Golo Kante’s effort earlier than arcing a luxurious strike past Kepa to present a big increase to Manchester City’s Premier League title aspirations.
After 70 minutes of goalless motion and with Chelsea’s properly-organized, cussed defence persevering with to preserve City at bay, it felt as if Guardiola’s facet wanted a second of inspiration.
De Bruyne duly obliged to reinforce his standing as a world-class match-winner.
Chelsea had possibilities to take one thing from the sport, with Ederson making a high-quality save from Romelu Lukaku and each Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso later firing over, however finally City have been too str’ng for Tuchel’s Blues on what was the fiftieth Premier League assembly between the two sides.
The Blues began the day a degree forward of third-positioned Liverpool however having performed extra video games, with Juergen Klopp’s facet wanting to leapfrog up into the second once they face Brentford on Sunday.
Tuchel’s facet will likely be again in Premier League motion on Tuesday when it travels to Brighton wanting to rapidly get again to successful methods.