Kevin De Bruyne has produced a string of devastating finishes in scoring four of Manchester City’s goals in a 5-1 win at Wolverhampton to restore their three-point lead over Liverpool in the Premier League title race.
In a masterful attacking display, De Bruyne completed his hat-trick by the 24th minute on Wednesday and marked it with a ‘Zen’ pose — perhaps a nod to the celebration made famous by Erling Haaland, the striker who is set to join City from Borussia Dortmund in the off-season.
Belgium midfielder De Bruyne added his fourth on the hour mark with another clinical strike to ensure no way back for Wolves, who had equalised through Leander Dendoncker in the 11th.
Raheem Sterling wrapped up the scoring in the 84th as City made it five goals for the second straight match, after a 5-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Crucially, City’s goal difference is now superior to Liverpool’s by seven, potentially meaning Pep Guardiola’s team might only need to win one of their final two games — against West Ham on Sunday and Aston Villa a week later — to retain the title.
Chelsea increased Leeds United’s relegation fears with a 3-0 win and also boosted their own hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
The Blues consolidated third spot, four points ahead of Arsenal having played one more game, with goals from Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku sealing all three points at Elland Road.
Leeds stay third from bottom, while 16th-placed Everton were forced to settle for a point after a 0-0 draw at already-relegated Watford.
At King Power Stadium, Jamie Vardy scored twice and James Maddison the other to help Leicester beat last-placed Norwich 3-0 and snap a seven-game winless run in all competitions and move up to 10th.