“Kevin De Bruyne is back.”
Barely 7 days after Pep Guardiola announced that De Bruyne could do even better, he was satisfied after the match in Leicester.
Asked about the performance of the Red Devil, the Spaniard said that he is now completely back. “The last games he didn’t play well, but now he was fantastic.” Just like last week, Guardiola added that De Bruyne knows that himself.
Leicester played very organised, which made it difficult to create open opportunities. Both player and coach saw that and then a free kick is ideal to break it open. “Kevin has done it so many times for us on stationary stages, especially in games like this.”
Even before that decisive phase, De Bruyne was omnipresent and created just about all the danger for City.
What was the difference with the previous matches? “We know Kevin can kick assists and free kicks. But he has to use his dynamism, if he stays in his position, he’s not playing at the top of his game. His freedom is his top. He needs moves. He needs the ball. get when he’s in motion, not when he’s standing still. And today he showed that again.”
“We know he can do that, we’ve been working together for 7 seasons. We’ve already done everything together, except sleeping together,” Guardiola laughed. “So I know him quite well. He has already done a lot for the club, that will not change. But it is my duty as a coach to demand more from him: ‘I want this Kevin, we need this Kevin.’ “
“He scores a fantastic goal against Brighton, but that’s not enough. He can do the goals and assists blindly. We need his dynamic game.”
What did KDB itself have to say about his free kick? “I felt that I hit the ball well and when I looked up, he was almost inside. He flew in perfectly, luckily it became 0-1.”
“We have proven that we can win, both with and without Haaland”, De Bruyne looked back on the lack of the – slightly injured – top scorer.
Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers also had nothing but admiring words for the “brilliant and fantastic player” that De Bruyne is.