De Bruyne strike lifts Man City 13 points clear

Antonio Ruediger of Chelsea tackles Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Manchester, England.


Kevin de Bruyne produced a moment of world-class quality to tighten Manchester City's stranglehold on the Premier League title race with victory over Chelsea at Etihad Stadium.

The former Chelsea player broke the deadlock in a tight game with a superb curling drive past keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with 20 minutes left to extend City's lead at the top of the table to an imposing 13 points.

Pep Guardiola embraces Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City after he is substituted during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Manchester, England.


Chelsea had their chances, the best coming when Ederson saved from Romelu Lukaku in the second half but De Bruyne made the difference and City now also have a 14-point advantage over Liverpool, who have two games in hand.

City deserved the win for their greater urgency and possession, Kepa keeping out Jack Grealish with a first-half save, and this represents another significant stride in their quest to retain the Premier League crown.

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