Manchester City drew first blood in the Manchester Derby when Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring on 15 minutes. City had dominated the early portion of today’s Derby, and De Bruyne’s goal punctuated that fact.
Ironically the goal was set up by a long ball from deep in City’s own end. The buildup play completely bypassed the midfield, a tactic not usually spotted in Pep Guardiola’s teams. Alexandar Kolarov played the ball far up the pitch and found the head of Kelechi Iheanacho. The forward, replacing the suspended Sergio Aguero, flicked the ball into the feet of De Bruyne who rounded a flat-footed Daley Blind. The Belgian finished cleanly past David De Gea.