Manchester City are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s side will play Lyon in the final eight after beating Real Madrid 2-1 at the Etihad last night.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus – both courtesy of errors from Raphael Varane – secured a 4-2 aggregate victory for the English giants.
City are one of the firm favourites to lift the trophy in Lisbon at the end of the month and they turned in one of their best performances of the season against Real Madrid.
Sterling and Jesus pressed like madmen up top, while Phil Foden thrived as a ‘false nine’. But once again, the main man for City was midfield maestro, Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian controlled the tempo of the game, creating nine chances in total and playing passes that mere mortals are simply incapable of.
Below, you can watch De Bruyne’s highlights from the game and marvel at the best midfielder on the planet right now.
Dribbling past players for fun, tracking back to help out his defence, what can’t this guy do?
Real Madrid’s midfield trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric – three of best in the business – simply had no answer to Guardiola’s conductor-in-chief.
One of De Bruyne’s finest contributions of the evening was his sensational line-breaking pass to Sterling in the second half.
How on earth does he do it?!
To see the pass is one thing, but to then weight it to absolute perfection just defies description. If only Sterling could have finished the job to hand De Bruyne one of the greatest assists in Champions League history.
Even Kroos was impressed with the Belgian’s performance, with footage of the German looking at his opposing number in awe at full-time doing the rounds on social media.
If big Toni is a bit starstruck, you know you’re one hell of a player.
Now it’s time for De Bruyne to be awarded with the PFA Player of the Year accolade he so richly deserves for his efforts in 2019/20.
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