Manchester City maintains its lead in Premier League football.
Belgian star Kevin de Bruyne was involved in most things when the league leader won the home exchange against Manchester United with 4-1.
Chasing Liverpool continued their triumphant march on Saturday, putting pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table. Then the reigning champion showed strength in the derby against rival United.
Now the lead is again six points (with one match more played than Liverpool).
– It’s about winning match after match. Of course, they put pressure on us by winning their match, but I think we responded in a good way, says Kevin de Bruyne in Viaplay.
And it was thanks to Kevin de Bruyne that City were able to celebrate after the final whistle. The 30-year-old midfield conductor accounted for two goals himself and played until a third in the derby triumph.
Already in the fifth minute, he struck directly on a low input and rolled in 1-0.
The 21-year-old Englishman Jadon Sancho, who spent three years at City’s academy as a teenager, screwed in the receipt a quarter of an hour later.
But this would be the home team’s night.
Shortly afterwards , de Bruyne stayed in front again and pinched there 2-1, and in the second half he beat the corner to Riyhad Mahrez, who with a delicious half volley extended the lead.
Mahrez then improved on his goal harvest in extra time and set the victory numbers at 4-1.
– They tried to push us, and succeeded quite well in the first half. In the second half we came to more chances and found more surfaces, and I think we played really well in the second half, says de Bruyne.
The Swedish national team defender Victor Nilsson Lindelöf played the entire match for the guests. The talent Anthony Elanga was given a chance to change things around.
Arsenal took an important 3-2 victory away against Watford in the battle for a top four position. The three-pointer means that the London team takes over fourth place from Manchester United.
Norwegian Martin Ødegaard opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but shortly afterwards Cucho cycled in the equalizer.
The 20-year-old talent Bukayo Saka returned Arsenal’s lead after half an hour, and at the start of the second half Gabriel Martinelli slammed in 3-1.
The bottom team Watford managed to reduce in the final minutes through Moussa Sissoko, but no closer than that came the home team.