Kevin de Bruyne was always going to have an influence on Manchester City’s Premier League match with Chelsea this evening as the Belgian wizard made his first return to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues flop did not get on the scoresheet in the first half, but did provide Sergio Aguero with the only goal of the opening 45 minutes to show the home supporters what they are missing.
De Bruyne’s pass to Aguero did get the benefit of a slight deflection, as did Aguero’s curling effort, which took it beyond Thibaut Courtois, but the 24-year-old will care little for the details.
Chelsea signed De Bruyne in January 2014, but allowed him to leave for Wolfsburg two years later having only afforded him two Premier League starts to try to prove himself at the London club.
De Bruyne has since gone on to become one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe, scoring the decisive goal as City beat PSG in midweek to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea’s loss is clearly City’s gain. De Bruyne has now reached double figures for Premier League assists this term, despite only playing 22 games. Chelsea’s top assister is Willian with five.
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