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17th Sep 2016

This cheeky Kevin De Bruyne free-kick sums up the confidence of the man

Cheeky scamp

Patrick McCarry

You have now unlocked greatness.

Kevin de Bruyne knows his stuff.

The beguiling Belgian has started 2016/17 like a mansion on fire and perplexed the hell out of Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

Fresh from bossing the Manchester Derby and his club’s opening Champions League fixture, the midfielder scored the first goal in City’s annihilation of the Cherries from a free-kick.

Looking at the image below, it’s the sort of distance and angle that prompts all those oh-so-familiar commentary discussions about how difficult it is to get the ball up and over the wall.

De Bruyne free

But Kev had it all figured out.

Instead of going *over* the wall, the Belgian waited for the Bournemouth wall to jump and struck the ball underneath them.

De Bruyne free 1

That’s how it’s done.

De Bruyne 2

Admittedly, it’s the not the first time we’ve seen such a free-kick, but it’s one of those that takes a bit of balls: If the wall jumps, the entire Soccer Saturday panel hail you as a genius and the second coming of Christ. Get it wrong, you look a bit of a tit.

City are starting to hum. De Bruyne is their driving force.

The fans, of course, are in awe.

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