For 70 odd minutes at the Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola’s side were massively frustrated by Atletico Madrid and their insanely defensive tactics.
City really struggled to breach the Spanish champions’ 5-5-0 formation, until De Bruyne combined superbly with second half substitute Phil Foden.
Less than two minutes after entering the fray, Foden picked up the ball in a pocket of space and played an inch-perfect pass into De Bruyne, who finished emphatically past Jan Oblak.
It was a superbly crafted goal by two of the best technicians in the game.
Video: De Bruyne’s match-winning goal vs Atletico
De Bruyne was just never going to miss, was he? City’s talisman seems to always step up when the team needs him most and that’s why so many believe he’s the best midfielder on the planet.
Jamie Carragher is certainly one of those people and the Liverpool legend even claimed after the game that the Belgian will go down as the Citizens’ greatest ever player.
Micah Richards wasn’t so sure about that, though.
The former City defender was sat next to Carragher in the CBS Sports studio and stated that if De Bruyne doesn’t win the Champions League, he may not go down as the club’s GOAT.
Instead, Richards claimed the former Chelsea man could remain slightly behind or level with David Silva if he fails to guide the team to European glory.
Carragher then fired back by saying Silva was never the best in the world in his position, to which Richards argued that there was more competition for that label 10 years ago. Check out the debate in full…
Video: Carragher & Richards’ De Bruyne vs Silva debate
You can understand both sides of the argument. De Bruyne has won two PFA Player of the Year awards and has been the best midfielder on the planet for a number of years now, so Carragher’s point is valid.
But Silva was also unquestionably magnificent in an era where the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez were weaving their magic on a consistent basis, which is why Richards’ opinion cannot be dismissed.
However, if De Bruyne does go on to win the Champions League in a City shirt, there will be no debate whatsoever – which Richards himself even freely admitted towards the end of the segment.