Any team in the world would miss Erling Haaland but it certainly helps when you’ve still got Kevin De Bruyne to call upon.
The prolific Haaland missed his first Premier League game because of injury so De Bruyne stepped up to be both Manchester City’s team leader and match-winner.
Few other players could have got his 49th-minute free-kick up and down to score via the inside of the post and it capped a brilliant all-round performance that took his side to the top of the table.
Midfield opponent James Maddison stated afterwards: ‘He’s the best player in the league.’ Few would disagree.
De Bruyne is leading the Premier League for assists this season but that still hadn’t beeb good enough for manager Pep Guardiola who claimed recently the Belgian wasn’t at his “top level”.