Kevin de Bruyne’s four-goal performance helped Manchester City beat Wolves and reclaim a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s team now only needs four points from their final two games to finish ahead of Liverpool and win their fourth title in five seasons.
Thomas Tuchel’s team triumphed for the first time since Todd Boehly’s consortium agreed to purchase Chelsea from Roman Abramovich last week.
Mason Mount scored early on at Elland Road, and Leeds was dealt another blow when Daniel James was sent off.
At the end of a typically calculated City attack, De Bruyne got things going. Bernardo Silva, who was flanked by Foden and Sterling as a false 9, slipped De Bruyne through, and he finished low into the far corner. Guardiola fists were clenched.
There was even time for a fourth goal and a goal for Raheem Sterling to boost City’s goal difference and gain every advantage in the title race.
City will pair Europe’s deadliest young striker with the most brilliantly creative attacking midfielder in the last five years.
De Bruyne made it 4-1 with his first right-footed strike of the night, making no mistake after a Phil Foden cross was diverted into his path and found the bottom corner.
However, City’s fifth-place finish was more than enough to offer Liverpool little reason to believe they will lose ground down the stretch.