Kevin De Bruyne scored his 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th goals of this Premier League season as Manchester City took its next steps toward another Premier League title with a 5-1 defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux on Wednesday.
Raheem Sterling set up one of De Bruyne’s goals and scored in the 84th minute. Two of De Bruyne’s goals were unassisted and Bernardo Silva set up another as City moved to 89 points, three more than Liverpool. City now has a seven-goal advantage in goal differential with two matches left for each side.
Leander Dendoncker briefly had the score 1-1 with his 11th-minute goal, but De Bruyne had his hat trick by the 23rd minute. His fourth came at the hour mark, and Sterling’s goal was cued up by Joao Cancelo.
Wolves’ hopes of seventh place aren’t very good after the draw. Bruno Lage’s men are five points back of West Ham United with two just two matches remaining for each club.
Wolves vs Man City final score, stats
Wolves 1, Man City 5
Scorers: De Bruyne (7′, 16′, 24, 80′), Dendoncker (11′), Sterling (84′)
Shot attempts: Wolves 6, Man City 11
Shots on goal: Wolves 3, Man City 4
Possession: Wolves 35, Man City 65
Three things we learned from Wolves vs Man City
1. Four points left (at most): Pep Guardiola’s been saying that City needs to win all of its game down the stretch in order to hold off Liverpool, but that’s no longer true. City can lay claim to its fourth title in five seasons if it takes four of six points available to them from Week 37 (West Ham away) and Week 38 at home (Aston Villa).
2. De Bruyne on fire: The 30-year-old Belgian brought his finishing boots and actually smashed the post in the 90th minute in a performance that could’ve given KDB as many goals as Sergio Aguero scored a few years ago. De Bruyne is up to 15 goals and seven assists this Premier League season. De Bruyne entered the game with a goal and an assist in six career outings against Wolves. The record looks better now.
3. Chiquinho continues to impress: Wolves’ right side was the best part of this blowout loss, as Chiquinho built off two assists against Chelsea with a terrific display along with decent showings from Pedro Neto and scorer Dendoncker. Chiquinho had six tackles and drew four fouls in a performance that will certainly not have escaped the perception of Pep Guardiola.
Man of the Match: Kevin De Bruyne — Who else?