Former Chelsea player Kevin de Bruyne found himself back in the headlines last week after claims he reportedly missed out on a possible move to Borussia Dortmund because Jose Mourinho was angry not to have been sold Robert Lewandowski.
However, the now-Wolfsburg player almost inspired a shock on Saturday afternoon, when his assist led to an opening goal for Naldo against Bayern Munich.
Well, I say ‘almost inspired a shock’, but only in the sense that Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side actually found themselves behind in a league they had up to that point been dominating.
De Bruyne’s assist came in the 17th minute, and Wolfsburg managed to keep the lead until Xherdan Shaqiri equalised nine minutes later. And then the floodgates opened.
By the time the final whistle blew Bayern had scored six and Wolfsburg were left with the distant memory of that fleeting elation of going ahead against the reigning Bundesliga and European champions.
Two goals apiece from Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller, along with one from Franck Ribery, gave Bayern the emphatic 6-1 victory, while Wolfsburg look up at them from fifth place in the league.
It was a terrifying display from a team who do not appear to like going 1-0 down.
But at least De Bruyne can take the very small consolation of a third assist in seven matches since his January move from the Blues.
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