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Just when it seemed Manchester City ’s reign as champions might be slipping into a reverse time slip, honest Kevin De Bruyne made the difference.

The Blues won 3-1 at Crystal Palace to grab top spot again, with Gabriel Jesus ’ late clincher securing the points after a Raheem Sterling double.

But the fact it was five years on from their resurgent title win over Liverpool, that fateful afternoon when Steven Gerrard slipped and Yaya Toure dominated, seemed to have significance.

And when Crystal Palace, subservient for so long, threatened to stage a comeback at the end by reducing the arrears to 2-1, the minds of every City fan raced back to that nervy finish.

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