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Player Ratings: De Bruyne’s Magic Dazzles in Big Win

Magical De Bruyne Sparks City Triumph at Palace

In a breathtaking display of football, Manchester City surged to a pulsating 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, sending a clear message to their Premier League title rivals. The match was a rollercoaster from start to finish, with Kevin De Bruyne’s masterclass proving too much for the Eagles.

Opening Salvos and De Bruyne’s Brilliance

The game kicked off under the shadow of expectation, with City knowing full well the significance of starting their weekend with a win. However, Palace, never a side to shrink back, took the lead in spectacular fashion through Jean-Philippe Mateta’s early strike, leaving City momentarily staggered.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to respond, showcasing the resilience of champions. Kevin De Bruyne, with a touch of magic, delivered an equaliser that was nothing short of spectacular, firing into the top corner and setting the tone for what was to become a remarkable comeback.

City’s Second Half Surge

After the break, the match swung decisively in City’s favour. Rico Lewis, Erling Haaland, and once again, De Bruyne, all found the back of the net, turning the game on its head. Despite Odsonne Edouard’s late goal for Palace, the result was a testament to City’s attacking prowess and tactical discipline under Pep Guardiola.

Player Ratings

Crystal Palace

  • Dean Henderson: 7/10
  • Daniel Munoz: 4/10
  • Joel Ward: 5/10
  • Joachim Andersen: 5/10
  • Jefferson Lerma: 6/10
  • Tyrick Mitchell: 6/10
  • Adam Wharton: 7.5/10
  • Will Hughes: 5/10
  • Jordan Ayew: 4/10
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta: 7.5/10
  • Eberechi Eze: 4/10

Substitutes

  • Jeffrey Schlupp: 5/10
  • Michael Olise: 6.5/10
  • Odsonne Edouard: 7/10
  • Nathaniel Clyne: 5/10

Manager

  • Oliver Glasner: 6/10

Manchester City

  • Stefan Ortega: 7/10
  • John Stones: 5/10
  • Ruben Dias: 5/10
  • Josko Gvardiol: 4/10
  • Rico Lewis: 8/10
  • Rodri: 5/10
  • Oscar Bobb: 6/10
  • Kevin De Bruyne: 9/10
  • Julian Alvarez: 6.5/10
  • Jack Grealish: 6.5/10
  • Erling Haaland: 7/10

Substitutes

  • Manuel Akanji: 7/10
  • Matheus Nunes: 6/10
  • Mateo Kovacic: 6/10

Manager

  • Pep Guardiola: 7/10
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