Kevin de Bruyne was the star of the show as Manchester City ran out 5-0 winners against an already relegated Norwich, while David Silva brought an end to his glorious Premier League career.
Norwich had stunned Man City earlier in the season, beating the champions 3-2 in East Anglia, and it looked as though the already-relegated Canaries had taken an early lead, though Onel Hernandez saw his thunderous 25 yard strike ruled out by VAR for offside after racing in behind the City defence after just eight minutes.
Hope of a repeat of September’s victory didn’t last long though as City took the lead three minutes later, Gabriel Jesus scoring his fifth goal since the restart following a slick 11th minute move.
Kevin de Bruyne came into the game just one behind equalling Thierry Henry’s record of 20 Premier League assists in a season, though it was the Belgian who was the man to double City’s lead, curling home a wonderful strike through the crowded Norwich defence and past the helpless Tim Krul.
De Bruyne did, however, manage to equal the record with just 11 minutes of the season remaining, the Man City star producing a defence-splitting pass for Raheem Sterling, who slipped the ball through the legs of Krul for City’s third of the afternoon and 100th of the season.
100 quickly became 101 as Riyad Mahrez made it four, before De Bruyne rounded off the scoring with another superb bending strike from range, his 20 assists being backed up by 13 goals in the Premier League this season.
Speaking about his achievement, De Bruyne insists he should own the assists record outright, believing two of his previous assists were wrongly chalked off.
“I have got two more – you guys took two away from me that I am still claiming so for me I was already above (Thierry),” he told the BBC.
“It is what it is. I need my team-mates, obviously I am creating for them to score, and I am grateful when they do. It is nice to have (the record) and it is nice to have it with Thierry.”
Kevin de Bruyne ties Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of 20 assists in a single season ✨ pic.twitter.com/r1fkNhBz8n
— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 26, 2020
The game was David Silva’s 309th and final outing in the Premier League, the Spaniard having already announced his intention to leave the club at the end of this delayed season.
“It was emotional because they are amazing people,” Silva said ahead of his departure. “I have been working for them for 10 years and I have a good relationship with them. I love them and I am going to miss all of them.”
The 34-year-old has won four Premier League titles during his 10 years in England, amongst a whole host of honours, and the Citizens playmaker admits he will miss all aspects of life at the club, including Manchester’s infamous weather.
“Of course [I’m proud]. To win so many titles and the way we won it. I am a lucky guy, I have had lot of nice moments, and this one as well, the last one. I will miss everything – even the weather as well.”
— David Silva (@21LVA) July 26, 2020
City have a short break before they go up against Real Madrid in the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie on August 7th.