Kevin De Bruyne’s four-goal haul saw Manchester City take a significant step towards the Premier League title on Wednesday night with a 5-1 win over Wolves at Molineux.
It was a vital contribution for Pep Guardiola’s side, struggling with defensive injuries and looking to respond to Liverpool drawing level on points at the top of the table 24 hours earlier.
Pedro Neto’s low cross from the left was placed in well by Leander Dendoncker from just inside the box to earn wolves a goal at the 11th minute.
Kevin De Bruyne, rattled in a left-footed hat-trick inside the opening 24 minutes and added another on the hour as City demonstrated the firepower they have even before Erling Haaland arrives next season.
The rout was completed with five minutes to play. A swift move involving some slick play between Jack Grealish and Cancelo down the right wing eventually finished the game with Sterling claiming an easy tap-in from the Portuguese full-back’s deflected hit across the face of goal.
Wolves’ hopes of seventh place aren’t very good after the draw. Bruno Lage’s men are five points back of West Ham United with just two matches remaining for each club.
With the extra insurance of a goal difference now plus seven better than their Merseyside rivals, City are closing in on their fourth title in five seasons. Manchester City play West Ham away and then Aston Villa at home in their remaining two Premier League fixtures, with one win and a draw guaranteeing the title.
Liverpool have an FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday before facing Southampton away and Wolves at home in their last two league matches.