CommentaryReporting by @mancity


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Three vital Premier League points and City are top of the table. 

Highlights of the game are available on and the official Man City app from 17:15 (UK) 

And CITY+ subscribers can watch a full-match replay from midnight. 

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Pep on KDB

"Kevin can do the free kicks and do the assists, we know it. He is a player who needs his dynamic. If he stays in his position, it is not his top. His top is if he has the freedom to move into the pocket, or lateral, or to the right, or to the box - he has the freedom and he has quality. 

"Kevin needs movements, not being quiet in one position. And today he is back. It’s not that he cannot do it - we are seven seasons together - we have done everything. Except sleep together, we have done everything! 

"I know him quite well. Nothing is going to change my opinion of what he has done for this club and for me personally. But I have the duty in my job to say ‘I want more’. I want this Kevin and we need this Kevin. 

"The game against Brighton he scored a fantastic goal - but it is not enough. The goals and assists he can do blind. But we need this type of involvement in the game. And today that was the case."


De Bruyne on his goal

"When you shoot like that there is a lot of risk and you try to hit is clean as possible.

"You don't have much time to see it but you hope it's clean. Then it is nice when it goes in. You know you've hit it well and know when it goes over the wall it has a chance."


Guardiola reaction

"They changed it and it was a difficult game, because they had 10 players so deep and it's so difficult.

"After we scored the goal they changed their rhythm and in the Premier League the last few minutes are always difficult. It's a massive victory for us.

"Kevin de Bruyne is back. He was not playing good the last few games but today he was amazing. He knows it. There was no space today, we had to be patient."


More from De Bruyne

"The free-kick goes perfectly, luckily it's 1-0. Ederson has been great, sometimes we only talk about his distribution but he's a great keeper and he proves it every week."


De Bruyne reaction

"We always have to be better. I have been doing fairly good but some games better than others. 

"We created enough today. It's tough against a team who play 11 behind the ball. We have proven we can win without and without Haaland."


De Bruyne reaction

"We made it a little bit difficult. I think we were tired. They were negative for 70 minutes but then it changed. 

"We still could have scored the second. In the end it was a good victory."


De Bruyne wins it

A moment of brilliance from man-of-the-match De Bruyne seals three vital points. 

City go top, for now at least, leapfrogging Arsenal who face Forest tomorrow.