Man City 3-1 Burley: De Bruyne Exposes Secret Behind Alvarez’s Goal

Man City comfortably defeated Burley 3-1 to keep their hope of winning another Premier League title alive as they remain second on the League table behind Liverpool.

Man City - Alvarez and De Bruyne

The match started on a good note for the Cityzens as he took them just 16 minutes to break the deadlock through Julian Alvarez’s goal. The Argentine who celebrates his 23rd birthday gave the City the lead and made it two a few minutes later.

Alvarez’s second goal was assisted by Kevin De Bruyne who intentionally shaped to cross the ball into the box, but instead played a flat pass into the Argentina forward, who fired the ball beyond James Trafford in the away goal.

The kick from the City captain on the pitch was beautiful and the City boss, Pep Guardiola, showed his joy by running to celebrate with Carlos Vicens, the City coach who coordinates free-kick and corner plans.

“Yesterday we worked a bit on it,” De Bruyne explained to TNT Sport after the 3-1 win over the Clarets.

“I think in the beginning I didn’t really want to do it but the guy with Julian moved to him a bit and it opened the space for Julian to go into. I felt I didn’t even have to put it around, I put it straight with the right speed and Julian does the rest.

“We practised it for Burnley but obviously it can work against other teams. Pep is delighted with the staff because if you pull it off they are happy,” the Belgian explained.

Alvarez has been one of Man City best players this season. He has put on incredible display whenever he was called upon to fill the space left by Erling Haaland who recently recovered from injury.

Also, the Argentine was Man City set-piece taker in the absence of De Bruyne and he has managed to beat opponent goalkeepers with his fantastic free-kick this campaign.

“They [the staff] give you the options and there are always a couple of options you can do: front post, second post, trick plays,” explained De Bruyne. “Then it’s a little bit of seeing what is possible and when you pull it off it’s a nice goal.”

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