Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne makes honest admission after edging past Liverpool to win the Premier League

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has admitted his side panicked in the final game of the Premier League season before winning the title against Liverpool.

Entering the final game of the season against Aston Villa on May 22, Man City have a 1-point advantage over the Red Devils, who host Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liverpool were leading after only three minutes but equalized in the 24th minute with the match at the Etihad Stadium still going on steadily with the score 0-0.

In the 37th minute, Villa took the lead when Matty Cash headed near the wall. Steven Gerrard’s army made it 2-0 in the 69th minute thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s help to help Liverpool, the team just needed one more goal to take the initiative in the race to the title.

However, Manchester City staged an incredible comeback, scoring three goals in six minutes to win the match 3-2 on aggregate. Liverpool also scored two more goals in the second half to beat Wolves 3-1 but ultimately failed to reclaim the Premier League title by a single point.

Speaking after the game, De Bruyne admitted he and his teammates had a hard time keeping their composure against Villa. He told Sky Sports (as quoted by Reuters):

“Maybe (City panics) a few times – but that’s normal in this situation. However, we’ve tried to stay as calm as possible but sometimes there’s a bit of panic.”

The Belgian added that substitute Ilkay Gundogan’s 2-1 goal had brought about a big change in their attitude and atmosphere at the Etihad:

“It was 2-1, it changed the whole situation for me. The stadium, the atmosphere, the players changed.


Super-sub Ilkay Gundogan helped Manchester City win the Premier League title against Liverpool

Staring at a 2-0 deficit with about 20 minutes of play, Guardiola sent in Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko for Manchester City. The changes have helped Man City show signs of life as they regain purpose and composure when holding the ball.

Gundogan finally got his side back into the game in the 76th minute, thundering home after a well-coordinated Raheem Sterling effort on the right. Two minutes later, Man City leveled as Rodri steered in a neat finish from Rob Olsen’s near corner.

Gundogan lifted the title for the defending champions with a touchdown from De Bruyne’s excellent cross in the 81st minute. Cityzens held until full time to claim their fourth title of the year. Season.


Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee

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