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Kevin De Bruyne: Player Rating and Performance v Norwich

The Belgian was in imperious form for Manchester City on the last day of the season as he helped dismantle the Canaries

 
1:35pm on Monday 27th July 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Kevin De Bruyne marked the final day of the Premier League season with a 'perfect 10' performance against Norwich, as Manchester City defeated the relegated side 5-0 at the Etihad.

The former Wolfsburg and Chelsea midfielder was instrumental in the win, scoring two and assisting the other, which was his 20th assist of the season, putting him on-par with the record set by Thierry Henry in the 2002/03 campaign.

What was De Bruyne's overall display like?

📷 Match Snapshot

The home side were given a scare after Onel Hernandez's strike was judged to be offside by VAR.

From there, De Bruyne and City flexed their muscles.

He didn't gain an assist for the opening goal, but still played a vital part as it was his slick pass down the right channel inside the box which allowed Raheem Sterling to put the ball back into the central area, which eventually saw Gabriel Jesus smuggle home.

⚽ ⏱️ 46' There was no doubting his contribution for the second, however. After gaining a yard on the defender on the edge of the box following a dazzling bit of footwork, De Bruyne proceeds to whip a sublime strike across the box into the top right corner, with very little backlist. This was a mesmerising display of technique.

City were always in control, albeit without scoring much for the majority of the second period. But, In the last 10 minutes or so, they scored another flurry of goals.

A ⏱️ 79' De Bruyne earned his record-equalliing assist and in vintage style, threading a perfect through-pass in behind the Norwich defence for Sterling to send a finish under the keeper.

Again, for the fourth goal, he won't receive a goal or assist nod, but he was still a major reason for it happening, as it was his tackle on the edge of the area which won the ball back for City, enabling Riyad Mahrez to lash home.

⚽ ⏱️ 90' In the final minute, he would score his second, and it was another ridiculous strike. As the ball breaks kindly to him to the left of goal just inside the area, he picks out a stunning first-time curled finish in off the post.

Man City 5-0 Norwich: Full Player Ratings and Statistics

It cannot be overstated how well De Bruyne played - it was truly one of the best performances of the entire season, not just the final day.

He completed 46 passes, with a ludicrous 44 on them being sent into the final third, which was the highest tally of any player in round 38.

No less than 10 crosses sent into the box, as well.

〽️ Rating Week-on-Week

✔️ IMPROVEMENT

De Bruyne was excellent against Watford, recording an assist to take him to a 8.7 FC Rating.

Against Norwich, he was, quite simply, perfect, earning a 10.0 FC Rating.

🗝️ Key Stats

De Bruyne match stats

StatisticValueNotes
FC Rating10
Mins Played90
Touches86
Shots3
On Target2
Goals2
Assists1
Final Third Passes44Rank #1

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