Manchester City sealed their place in the Champions League semi-finals thanks to a 2-1 win against Borrusia Dortmund on Wednesday night.
After a nervy start, which saw the hosts level the tie on aggregate thanks to a goal from 17-year-old Jude Bellingham, Pep Guardiola’s side completed the turnaround, with Riyad Mahrez scoring from the penalty spot before Phil Foden fired in to make it 4-2 on aggregate.
Although the young Englishman may steal the headlines after his impressive goal, it was arguably Kevin De Bruyne who impressed the most at Signal Iduna Park.
As per SofaScore, the Belgian international would earn a superb 7.7/10 match rating for his display, with only Foden (8.3) rated higher from both sides.
However, despite featuring as a striker for much of the game, the former Wolfsburg man would contribute 57 passes compared to Foden’s 47 and was a regular threat to the Dortmund defence, taking five shots during the 90 minutes, which included a thunderous effort inside the area after he dispossessed Mateu Morey, which he was unfortunate to see come off the crossbar.
Whilst Foden would complete two out of four of his dribbles during the game, De Bruyne was extremely successful in his dribbling, as he completed all five of his dribble attempts during the game.
One of these nearly resulted in a superb goal as he left several Dortmund defenders on the floor before being denied by Martin Hitz in the Dortmund goal.
De Bruyne would also win 8/13 of his duels and contributed two tackles despite playing in attack, which represents how effective he was from both an attacking and a defensive perspective on Wednesday night, as he excelled in an unusual role.
After signing a new contract recently, sporting director Txiki Begiristain was full of praise for the midfielder, saying:
“His talent is unquestionable – but he is also a consummate professional whose dedication to Manchester City during his time here has been nothing short of extraordinary. He constantly seeks to improve, and his approach is the perfect blueprint for any young player looking to carve out a career.”
Therefore, whilst Foden contributed the winning goal, a lot of credit has to go to De Bruyne, who arguably ran the show at Signal Iduna Park, despite playing out of position.
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