And that assist, his 20th of 2019-20, came in the final minutes for Raheem Sterling as Manchester City ran out 5-0 winners over already relegated Norwich City. De Bruyne, 29, matched Thierry Henry's record of 20 assists during the 2002-03 campaign when he set Raheem Sterling up to put City 3-0 ahead. The pair know each other well from Henry's time working in the Belgium set-up, and he has long been warned that his record was in danger. Instead he’ll share with [Thierry] Henry and he played really well.”. Master. De Bruyne's performances saw him finish second behind Liverpool's Jordan Henderson for the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year. (1:36). “It’s a different competition and opponents, we have two weeks now. With Silva playing in his last ever Premier League game, the City maestro was given a standing ovation by those in attendance when he was taken off. - Stream FC Daily on ESPN+ De Bruyne then struck again in the final seconds for his second in a 5-0 rout. The midfielder recorded 18 assists in the 2016-17 season, and also managed 16 the following year - and also raced to 20 for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga back in 2014-15. Pep Guardiola was delighted to see Kevin De Bruyne adding goals to his game as the Manchester City boss paid tribute to the departing David Silva. The weekend's final round saw Guardiola's men finish the season in some style as they ran rampant against already relegated Norwich. Kevin De Bruyne has notched 20 assists for Manchester City in the Premier League this season. In total he boasts 66 assists in the English top flight, as well as netting 36 goals from midfield for Pep Guardiola's charges. De Bruyne, 29, matched Thierry Henry's record of 20 assists during the 2002-03 campaign when he set Raheem Sterling up to put City 3-0 ahead. In general, we were in a good position. They will face Real Madrid on 7th August in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie, looking to protect their advantage. pic.twitter.com/yIAduR0wRW. Kevin de Bruyne, auteur d'un superbe doublé et de sa 20e passe décisive de la saison, record de Thierry Henry égalé, a marqué la victoire facile des Citizens (5-0) de son talent. 20 - Kevin De Bruyne has assisted his 20th Premier League goal of the season, a joint-record in the competition alongside Thierry Henry in 2002-03. When asked about the equalling the record, he responded: "I've got two more. “Good to finish here, second position, scoring a lot of goals, Ederson and Kevin de Bruyne and now we have two weeks to prepare for Real Madrid. “It was the smallest standing ovation of all time but he will come back to receive the ovation he deserves,” he said. The information contained in Goal.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Goal.com, The Belgian has long vowed to equal the Arsenal legend's long-standing mark and did so on Sunday by playing in Raheem Sterling, Klopp reveals his 'long' text after Villa thrashing, Solskjaer responds to Pogba's Real Madrid comments. But De Bruyne is renowned as perhaps the Premier League's most consistent provider and had already gone close on several occasions to equalling the famed French striker. Player stats of Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) Goals Assists Matches played All performance data Arsenal's Mesut Ozil previously came closest to the record in 2015-16 with 19 assists. Guardiola said the tribute was necessary to recognise the “incredible” contribution Silva has made to the club. The season isn’t quite over yet for City, as they still have the Champions League to contend with. As well as matching the assist record, De Bruyne also scored a pair of goals for himself. No fewer than 33 of those had De Bruyne's mark on them, as the Belgian chipped in with 13 strikes as well as his 20 assists. We’ll arrive in the best conditions and that’s what we try to do.”. “Kyle [Walker] played very well. It was a good 90 minutes for us because obviously we've still got the Champions League to play. Copyright © 2020 Goal.com All rights reserved. De Bruyne also claimed his second Premier League Playmaker of the Season award in three years after winning the inaugural prize in 2017-18 campaign for the most assists in the league. Kevin De Bruyne has matched Thierry Henry's Premier League record for most assists in a single season. Even though the game was held behind closed doors, the City squad did their best to give him the send-off he deserved. "I always joked with Henry in the national team, even at Vincent Kompany’s testimonial this year. 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