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Foden: De Bruyne the best in the Premier League

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 25 Apr 2024

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Phil Foden hailed Manchester City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne as the Premier League’s best player after the pair both netted in the 4-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

De Bruyne opened the scoring in Thursday’s contest at Amex Stadium before Foden took over with a couple of goals of his own before half-time.

Julian Alvarez rounded off the scoring just after the hour in a one-sided contest as an Erling Haaland-less City moved to within a point of leaders Arsenal with a game in hand.

Belgium international De Bruyne now has four goals and six assists in just 13 league appearances for City this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports News after the win over Brighton, Foden said: “I think when he is at it, he is the best player in the Premier League.”

Foden’s first goal came via a deflected free-kick that he himself won, although replays showed he slipped rather than being fouled.

The England international doubled his personal tally with a composed finish after Brighton were caught in possession at the back.

Asked about playing more centrally, Foden said: “I have always said that I see myself there. This year I have moved inside and it has helped me massively.

“I enjoy it in the middle. It’s where I want to be. At the moment, I am just enjoying my football and playing with freedom.”

De Bruyne had earlier opened the scoring with a brilliant opener – his first headed goal for City in the Premier League – as City made it 30 games unbeaten in normal time across all competitions.

Alvarez then went on to round off the scoring in a game that not only saw the reigning champions close the gap on Arsenal, but also narrow the goal difference margin to eight.

“It was a good game,” De Bruyne said. “I think we played really good in the first half and every game is a lot of pressure. All we can do is prepare as we did today and win the game that is in front of us.

“We just want to win game-by-game and push for the title. We don’t get ahead of ourselves. Now the next game is coming quickly. Try to recover and we go again.”

Kyle Walker assisted the De Bruyne and Alvarez goals – the first time the defender has set up two goals in a single Premier League game in what was his 390th appearance in the competition.

Reflecting on his rare headed goal, De Bruyne said: “It doesn’t happen too much. Kyle gave a good cross and I think the only way I could reach it is by jumping to it. I will take it but it’s not something I am good at.”

City have rather ominously won four Premier League games in a row and travel to strugglers Nottingham Forest next up at the weekend, knowing victory in their remaining five games will secure an unprecedented fourth straight title.

“I trust my team. All respect to Liverpool and Arsenal, they are amazing,” De Bruyne added. “Arsenal are doing what they need to do and we are also needing to do it. Work hard and be humble enough to keep pushing.”

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