Kevin De Bruyne celebrated a special night but felt he should have scored five after scoring four in Manchester City’s win over Wolves.
e Bruyne was the star of the show as City won 5-1 at Molineux to restore a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
With just two games left and a goal difference plus seven better than second-placed Liverpool, City are approaching their fourth title in five seasons.
De Bruyne started the loss at just seven minutes, completing a left-footed hat-trick within 24 minutes and then adding a fourth on the hour. When he hit the post in the closing moments, he almost matched a competition record and finished fifth.
The Belgian told Sky Sports: “It was quite nice. When you score four goals, that’s always something special. It should have been five to be honest, but I think we played well.
“We could have scored more goals and to do that against a defensively strong Wolves side was really impressive.”
De Bruyne’s impressive performance came just a day after City announced they had agreed a deal to bolster their attack with prolific Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland for next season.
De Bruyne appeared to agree with the club’s impressive win by celebrating his third goal with arms outstretched like Haaland, but he insisted it was just a fluke.
“I did a couple of interviews and they said (it was like) Haaland, but I didn’t even know it,” he said. “I only did it because I scored three goals and that never happens.”
After beating Newcastle 5-0 at the weekend, City have scored ten goals since their heartbreaking Champions League semi-final defeat at Real Madrid.
De Bruyne said: “The feeling is still not nice but you have to keep going. We’re trying to win the title now and whatever happened unfortunately happened and you have to move on.”
Raheem Sterling added City’s fifth goal late and Phil Foden also hit the post in a dominant display.
Coach Pep Guardiola said: “I’m very happy with the performance, the result and the goals. We could have scored much, much more. It was a brilliant performance from all players.”
Commenting on de Bruyne’s performance, Guardiola said: “I’m disappointed for him because he missed the fifth goal, off the post!
It was pretty nice. When you score four goals, that’s always something special. It should have been five to be honest, but I think we played well.Kevin De Bruyne told Sky Sports
“He’s always so generous and has the brains to provide an assist, but I think this season he’s also had the brains to be productive and to score goals. He was crucial in scoring – that’s what the greats do.
“I’m very happy for him, scoring four goals in the crucial part of the league is so important.”
The downside for City was the absence of centre-back Aymeric Laporte with a knee injury, while Fernandinho, used as a makeshift defender, also felt a wobble.
With Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias sidelined and Nathan Ake not fully fit, City are running out of defense options.
Guardiola said: “Apparently it’s not looking good – some muscular problems for Fernandinho. Ayme had a bad knee blow and it will be difficult for Sunday.”
Guardiola also gave his reaction to Haaland’s signing.
“Congratulations to the club,” he said. “He is a young talented player. I am very happy that he has decided to come to us.”
Wolves were swept aside but briefly held City back 1-1 with a goal from Leander Dendoncker.
Fitness coach Carlos Cachada, who replaced the absent Bruno Lage after the manager tested positive for Covid-19, said: “I think it’s a fair result. We were good in defense and responded quite well with some counterattacks, but they are a strong team.
“There’s nothing to say about that, it was a fair result and congratulations to Man City.
“They plan things to stop them as a collective but then the lads come along and score four goals.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/kevin-de-bruyne-left-wanting-more-goals-despite-netting-four-in-win-over-wolves-41641423.html Kevin De Bruyne wanted more goals despite scoring four goals in the Wolves win