De Bruyne reveals secret to scoring tactical free-kick against Burnley

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that the tactical free-kick which resulted to our second goal against Burnley on Wednesday night was well rehearsed by the team.

Julian Alvarez opened the scoreline after 16 minutes with a nod before De Bruyne’s quick-playing superb set piece pass caught the visitors defence off-guard, passing the ball behind the backline into the path of Alvarez, who slotted into the corner.

Rodri netted the third after the interval, with Ameen AI-Dakhil scoring late on for Vincent Kompany’s team.

When asked about the goal of the evening, De Bruyne said: “Yesterday, we worked a bit on it.

“At the beginning I didn’t really want to do it. But the defender with Julian moved towards him a bit. So he opened the space for Julian to go into.

“l just had to put it straight with the right speed and Julian did the rest. We practised it for Burnley, but it can work against other teams.

“I think, like you see Pep was lively with his staff, because if you pull it off they’re happy. They give you the options, front post, second post, trick plays, and a little bit of it is seeing what is possible. When you pull it off, it’s a nice goal.”