Manchester City outclass Leeds as De Bruyne’s brace inspire hosts to a 7-0 win

Manchester City outclassed Leeds United as De Bruyne’s brace inspires brilliant hosts to a 7-0 win.

Manchester City outclassed Leeds United as De Bruyne’s brace inspires brilliant hosts to a 7-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City defeated Leeds United 7-0 on Tuesday evening, inflicting the joint-worst defeat in the club’s history.

The defending champions were at their best as they recorded their biggest win of the season and extended their lead over Liverpool and Chelsea, who both play on Thursday.

Indeed, City could easily have scored more than seven goals considerably; such was their complete dominance and the ease with which they routinely ripped through the visitors’ increasingly tattered defense.

Phil Foden scored the scoring after eight minutes, with Rodri’s strike being saved – although Stuart Dallas’ attempted goal-line clearing could have been far better.

Foden’s goal was City’s 500th in the Premier League in 207 games under Pep Guardiola, becoming the quickest Spanish manager to reach that milestone – the previous record-holder was Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who took 234 games.

It took just five minutes longer for goal number 501 to arrive, with Riyad Mahrez afforded time to curve in a cross from the right side of the area for Jack Grealish to nod in a rare-headed goal for him.

City continued to press, and Kevin de Bruyne joined the fray shortly after the half-hour mark, scoring his first goal since mid-October following a Rodri assist.

This ensured Guardiola’s men won their sixth league game in a row, but they were hungry for further retribution against a side that snatched four points off them last season and beat them here with ten men.

The second half had barely begun when Mahrez increased the lead to 4-0 with a low shot that deflected in off Junior Firpo.

De Bruyne made it five with the night’s best goal, a thundering strike into the top corner from a distance.

De Bruyne’s strike that made it 5

John Stones made it six after Aymeric Laporte’s header was saved, and Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier received a slight reprieve as Nathan Ake headed in City’s seventh from a Foden corner.

Jon Stones making the scoreline 6

Leeds fans were still singing at the final whistle. Still, their defiance was not matched by their injury-plagued side, who remain 15th and on the brink of relegation following this humiliating defeat.

However, Bielsa and his squad must refocus ahead of Saturday’s match against Arsenal.

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