The narrative following Manchester City‘s 1-0 victory over Tottenham in Sunday’s League Cup final centred around Harry Kane.
The Guardian‘s Barney Ronay summarised it best: “Harry Kane versus a team that has everything except a Harry Kane.”
The thinking here is that, for all their brilliance, City would still benefit from the presence of an elite striker. Never mind that Sergio Aguero has spent his final season in Manchester picking splinters out of his arse, surely Pep Guardiola’s side would be unstoppable with a conventional forward leading the side.
That, using the technical term, is bollocks. On a wild, frantic night in the French capital, Manchester City came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in one of the greatest European performances in their history. Without a striker.
Kevin De Bruyne was the pick of Pep’s army of fluid midfielders. The litmus test for the game’s elite players is whether they go missing on the big occasion, feeling overawed by having to carry a team’s performance on their shoulders. Not De Bruyne.
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