Esteemed Kompany host Steven Mcinerney looks at 5 things we learned from Manchester City’s 5-nil win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday. The emphatic win booked City’s progression to the fourth round of the competition. They’ll face Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what promises to be a mouth-watering tie.
The return of De Bruyne changes everything
Kevin De Bruyne made his long-awaited return in the second half of City’s win. The inspirational midfielder wasted no time in making his mark on the game. He provided a trademark assist for the world champions’ fifth goal of the game. De Bruyne put the ball on a plate for the returning Jeremy Doku to fire home.
A fully fit De Bruyne changes everything for this season. It could become a pivotal moment in this season’s title race. Pep Guardiola’s side has added a proven match-winner and one of the world’s best players as they chase a fourth consecutive Premier League title and defend their treble.
It also opens up the possibility of a dream midfield partnership with Phil Foden. The possibilities are tantalising as De Bruyne’s return changes everything.
Oscar Bobb is a serious talent
City’s Norwegian wonderkid Oscar Bobb again made an impression. The youngster started his first game at the Etihad and put in another promising display.
Bobb grew into the game and showed exactly why he is so highly rated at the Etihad. His dribbling and passing ability was again on show as he tormented a tiring Huddersfield defence, especially in the second half.
It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Bobb could play an integral role this season as City begin the second half of the season.
Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden are an incredible duo
City’s win also featured another dynamic display from Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden. The pair has been in sparkling form of late and it continued at the Etihad on Sunday.
They combined to score three of City’s 5 goals and it highlighted their importance to the world champions. Alvarez and Foden have developed into two of the first players on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet such has been the quality of their recent contributions.
The efforts of the pair have laid a solid foundation for the champions to attack the second half of the season from players returning from injury.
Enjoy the video below to hear Steven’s 5 things we learned from City’s win
Esteemed Kompany host Steven Mcinerney gives his thoughts on all of this and more in the video below.