Pep Guardiola lauded midfielder Kevin De Bruyne after the Manchester City midfielder’s four goals moved his side a step closer to retaining the Premier League title.
Manchester City moved three points clear of second-placed Liverpool thanks to a 5-1 win at Wolves and Guardiola’s men had De Bruyne to thank for the victory.
De Bruyne netted a left-footed hat-trick inside the first 24 minutes to send City on their way to claiming all three points.
He then added a fourth on the hour mark before Raheem Sterling rounded off the scoring with six minutes remaining. Leander Dendoncker had equalised for Wolves.
Guardiola was full of praise for De Bruyne, who now has a personal best of 19 goals for the season.
“He has been outstanding for the last two to three months in the Premier League and in the Champions League as well,” said Guardiola.
“He has been our key man in the last part of the season.
“It’s not just what he creates and the goals. He helps us a lot. I am happy because Kevin always has the sense for an assist because he is so generous and is always thinking what is best for the team but we always try to push him to win games and score goals.
“I think this is the most prolific year in this sense.”
De Bruyne himself joked that he should have scored five goals.
He added: “When you score four goals it is always something special. It should have been five to be honest but I think we played well.
“We could have scored even more and to do that against a Wolves team who are defensively sound was really impressive.”
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