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Man City star Kevin de Bruyne: "It went in perfectly."

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Goals from Erling Haaland and De Bruyne helped the Cityzens secure a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove at the Etihad.

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne expressed his delight after his strike against Brighton and Hove Albion 'went perfectly in' on Saturday.

The Premier League champions beat the Seagulls 3-1 at the Etihad to close the gap on table-toppers Arsenal.

Erling Haaland's first-half brace and De Bruyne's brilliant shot in the second half were enough for the Cityzens to seal three points and bounce back from their defeat to Liverpool as they completed their 10th straight Premier League home win.

In each of those games, Pep Guardiola's side scored at least three goals, a record that was set [91 years ago] by Aston Villa, also across two seasons, in 1930 and 1931.

Brighton's hope of a comeback was ruined when Haaland scored his 17th league goal of the season to cancel out Leandro Trossard's second-half effort that beat goalkeeper Ederson from the corner of the area.

'It went in perfectly.'

Following the victory, Man City midfield maestro De Bruyne said as BBC Sport quoted: "The first half we had fully under control, we didn't let them play. We should've scored to make it 3-0 but they scored 2-1. It was a bit tight in the game but obviously scoring the third finished the game.

"I got the ball from Bernardo [Silva], looked through the options, I was in space there, shot and it went in perfectly."

Quizzed about his in-form team-mate Haaland, who became the first Man City player to score in seven consecutive home games since Sergio Aguero in 2018, De Bruyne replied: "He is there to score the goals and he is having a really good season. He has helped us win games.

"It's just the start, he is doing what he needs to do. The team is playing well for the moment so that's all we can do."

Coach Guardiola praised Kevin de Bruyne for his 'masterclass' goal and reckons they can get more from the Belgium international.

"Kevin can be better," said Guardiola. "He is not playing at his top level. Not yet.

"He made a fantastic goal - a masterclass action. But he is not playing at his best. He knows. I spoke with him but I don't have to tell him. It's not perfect."

Guardiola's side have now closed the gap on Arsenal to two points after the Gunners failed to beat Southampton at the St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday, playing out a 1-1 draw with the Saints.

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