An exquisite goal from Kevin De Bruyne saw Manchester City take a giant stride towards the Premier League title with a 1-0 win over Chelsea.

The ex-Blues midfielder haunted his former side yet again with a stunning effort from distance to give City a 13-point lead at the top of the table.

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De Bruyne delivered a man of the match display

In a cagey game’s one moment of true quality, De Bruyne shrugged off Kante and curled a low effort past Kepa Arrizabalaga into the bottom-right corner.

Ex-City winger Trevor Sinclair said on commentary for talkSPORT: “That was exquisite. Before the game started, we asked what he would be if he was an instrument and I said he’d be a piano.

“He’s pulled out a fluttery little curler into the bottom corner.

“No chance for Kepa. What a wonderful goal from De Bruyne.”

Is this the goal that wins City the title?

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Is this the goal that wins City the title?

Chelsea, needing to win, were second-best to the champions throughout, but still managed to create two glorious chances for Romelu Lukaku.

However, the £98million man fluffed his lines on both occasions, over-hitting a pass and then failing to beat Ederson when one-on-one.

Sinclair was left to question whether Lukaku is ‘top-class’ following such a lack of cutting edge.

He told talkSPORT: “It’s a good save from Ederson, but a top-class striker wouldn’t give him the chance to save it.”

Lukaku had an off day in front of goal

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Lukaku had an off day in front of goal

Liverpool are now 14 points behind City, but have two matches in hand.

So the title might not belong to Pep Guardiola’s side just yet, but the Blues may have just slipped out of the race.

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