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    Ashley Cole slated over Kevin De Bruyne claim following Man City’s win vs Crystal Palace


    Ashley Cole has this evening been taken apart online, following a questionable claim on the part of the former Chelsea defender regarding Kevin De Bruyne.

    City push past Palace

    Manchester City travelled to Selhurst Park earlier today, for a Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace.

    The Citizens headed into proceedings hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance, having fallen to their first defeat since January last time out, versus Tottenham in the Champions League.

    And, when all was said and done in London, bounce back was precisely what Pep Guardiola’s men managed, courtesy of a deserved 3-1 win.

    Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a superb finish with 15 minutes gone, latching on to Kevin De Bruyne’s perfectly-weighted through ball to find the roof of Vicente Guaita’s net.

    And, when Sterling went on to add his 2nd of the afternoon just past the hour-mark, City looked to have made sure of all 3 points.

    Crystal Palace, though, set up a nervy final 10 minutes when Luka Milivojević picked out the corner of Ederson’s goal with a pinpoint free-kick from the edge of the box.

    But the visitors kept their cool, with Gabriel Jesus’ 90th-minute near-post finish having ensured that the champions left London having (temporarily) reclaimed top-spot in the Premier League table.

    De Bruyne’s influence

    While it was Raheem Sterling who understandably grabbed the majority of the headlines following City’s latest win, perhaps the most impressive all-round performance for Pep Guardiola’s men at Selhurst Park came from Kevin De Bruyne.

    The Belgian midfielder controlled the tempo throughout proceedings, pulling the strings from his midfield berth, and even bagging a pair of assists.

    As such, speaking on Sky Sports in the aftermath of the clash, Ashley Cole was quick to single De Bruyne out for special praise.

    However, one claim on the part of the English international with regards to the City star’s impact this season has since seen Cole heavily criticized.

    Somewhat bafflingly, the Derby County stopper revealed his opinion that De Bruyne, alongside Raheem Sterling, has been his side’s most-influential player to this point in the campaign.

    This comes despite the 27-year-old having started in less than a 3rd of City’s Premier League outings, and the likes of Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte having enjoyed stellar individual seasons.

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