MANCHESTER CITY are on fire this season. After eight games, Pep Guardiola’s team have scored 29 goals and are the first team since 1894 to reach that return.
A huge part of their success has been the amazing form of Kevin De Bruyne. In 11 appearances, he has contributed two goals and eight assists.
Football Whispers pick out his five best moments from this season so far.
No.5 Assist for Gabriel Jesus v Napoli
This was billed as one of the most highly anticipated fixtures of the Champions League season. City and Napoli have both playing some breath-taking football lately, but the home side came flying out of the blocks.
Already 1-0 up, City were pushing their dominance and De Bruyne quickly burst down the right flank. Beating his marker, he gained a half-yard before playing a precise, perfectly-guided low cross into the six-yard box, finding Gabriel Jesus unmarked to apply the finish.
No.4 Goal v Shakhtar Donetsk
Still goalless at the Etihad, the Manchester City attack pushed towards goal when David Silva gained possession. De Bruyne held off, positioning himself on the edge of the box.
The Belgian received the pass and curled a beautiful effort beyond the experienced Ukrainian goalkeeper.
The home side would go on to win the game 2-0 and De Bruyne would finish with three shots, three key passes and two completed dribbles, and was named Man of the Match.
No.3 Assist for Sergio Aguero v Liverpool
No one quite expected City to dispatch Liverpool so easily at this stage of the season. It was a moment of magic from De Bruyne that started the goal-rush.
It took the 26-year-old one touch to control the ball; with his next, without seeming to look up, he played a perfect pass through to Aguero. The Argentine doesn’t miss those one-on-one chances.
No.2 Assist for Leroy Sane v Stoke City
City were running rampant against Stoke City and De Bruyne was ready to take his passing ability to the next level. It looks simple in its execution, but the Belgian’s cross-field ball to Sane, weighted to perfection, is one of the best passes you’ll see this season.
One of his two assists, despite key performances from Raheem Sterling and Sane, it’s De Bruyne involvement in everything the home side did well that makes him standout as the attacking fulcrum of this exciting unit.
No.1 Goal v Chelsea
Champions against challengers at Stamford Bridge, one of the biggest fixtures of the season. The game was goalless going into the last 25 minutes until De Bruyne exploded into life.
Linking with Jesus on the edge of the box, the Chelsea defenders couldn’t react and the blonde midfielder was free to lash a stunning effort high beyond Thibaut Courtois from the edge of the box.
Now City sit top of the table with 22 points from eight games, two points ahead of rivals Manchester United and nine clear of the current champions.