1,330 Manchester City fans were in attendance to witness the return of their strawberry-blonde prince at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Wielding that whip of a right foot and that mind of his that wanders around the back of rival defences, the man whom we’ve missed so dearly over these last two harrowing months ensured City would slay Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on our return to the battlefield of Premier League football. This irresistible 4-0 victory was all about Kevin De Bruyne.
Bournemouth have been breathing fire recently. Three wins from their last four coming into this game has all but thrust them out of the relegation battle that is now being fought between Norwich, Sunderland and Newcastle United. That, coupled with the fact that we’ve been particularly atrocious in the last four weeks, was the reason why I expected nothing from this game. A display of this kind – vibrant and brimming with enthusiasm – was only expected from one side, and it wasn’t City.
David and Sergio have been the high profile casualties of a pretty wretched March. Both seem to have lost faith in the manager’s approach and perhaps even the ability of their teammates. While David has been hobbling indiscriminately on an ankle that clearly still isn’t right, Sergio has been running into dead ends, taking it upon himself to produce a moment of magic. What we all learned on Saturday afternoon was that they’ve been missing their puppet master.