Step aside Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian used to be the king of the ‘under-the-wall’ free kick but their is a new heir to the throne.
Kevin De Bruyne’s classy strike against Cardiff in the FA Cup today made it clear again that sometimes he is playing a different game to the rest of the players.
The Belgian stepped up to take a free kick from just outside the area.
Every man and his dog assumed De Bruyne would be attempting to curl the ball over the wall and into the top corner.
Literally all the Cardiff players thought it would be top bins, but the Ginger Prince had other ideas.
And he embarrassed the Cardiff defenders and goal keeper with this lovely technique.
No less than six Bluebird players were in the wall and Neil Etheridge looked well positioned on the line, but you can’t account for what De Bruyne was about to do.
As he strode forward to take it, all six members of the wall jumped to try and stop the up and over and De Bruyne, cool as you like, rolled it underneath the wall and into the bottom corner.
They always look better when the keeper is rooted to the spot.
It was De Bruyne’s 10th goal of the season and definitely the most pleasing to watch.
Pep Guardiola is extremely lucky to be able to call on the services of the 26-year-old when he is in this form.
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