Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC ; MATCH ANALYSIS SUNDERLAND 1 CITY 4de Bruyne Inspires Pelle's Men to a Capital One Cup Rout of SunderlandWith Raheem Sterling Linking Up Beautifully in a First-Half of Pace and Panache, the Mouth-Watering Question Is - When Will We See Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling and David Silva Together?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC ; MATCH ANALYSIS SUNDERLAND 1 CITY 4de Bruyne Inspires Pelle's Men to a Capital One Cup Rout of SunderlandWith Raheem Sterling Linking Up Beautifully in a First-Half of Pace and Panache, the Mouth-Watering Question Is - When Will We See Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling and David Silva Together?

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ROBBIE Savage said a couple of weeks ago he "wouldn't pay" to watch Kevin de Bruyne.

Maybe thoe fans who listen to his radio punditry - for free - are paying too much to hear analysis like that!

The Belgian produced his second masterclass in three days to inspire the Blues into the fourth round of the League Cup as the Blues ran riot at the Stadium of Light.

With Raheem Sterling linking up beautifully in a first half of pace and panache, the mouthwatering question is - when will we see de Bruyne, Sterling and David Silva working together? The first half was quite breathtaking from City, even though for a few minutes they looked as dozy as they did in the opening stages against Palace, Juventus and West Ham.

Sunderland, with a few points to prove, really had a go at the Blues - it was the worst thing they could have done.

It simply left the Black Cats open to City's counter-attacking, and with Raheem Sterling's pace now allied to the movement of Sergio Aguero and the passing of Kevin de Bruyne and Yaya Toure, it is a dangerous, heady mix.

Manuel Pellegrini's sincerity when he says he wants to win this competition was evident from the team he put out, although injury forced his hand in some selections.

And even the groans from City fans at the inclusion of Jesus Navas after his crossing non-masterclass on Saturday were soon silenced.

The Spaniard enjoyed the freedom of the right flank and his pace startled Patrick van Aanholt into conceding the penalty from which Sergio Aguero gave City the lead.

That was the cue for a virtuoso display of how to play on the break, with Sterling all pace and intent, de Bruyne passing with precision and vision, Yaya Toure shifting the ball from side to side, and Navas stretching the defence and Aguero moving with menace.

It was devastating stuff, especially the second goal as Sterling led a charge out of defence, linking with Aguero and de Bruyne and then playing in the Belgian on the left-hand side.

It was reminiscent of his pass for Aleks Kolarov at Everton last month - and de Bruyne's finish, inside the startled keeper's near post, was eerily similar, too!

Bacary Sagna overlapped on the right to set up the third, his cross findin Sterling, whose shot cannoned off the post and hit keeper Vito Mannone's back to bounce in.

Sterling grabbed his reward when City quickly switched flanks and de Bruyne's cute pass inside the full back gave him time to measure his side-footed shot into the far corner.

It was breathless stuff, and with City comfortably ahead, Pellegrini could weigh up the youngsters stacked on his bench and hand debuts to Patrick Roberts, Manu Garcia and George Evans. …

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