Manchester City have made a storming start to life under Pep Guardiola. An impressive eight wins in as many games has seen the Citizens top the Premier League and sit pretty in Europe.
One man who’s been at the heart of this early success has proven Kevin de Bruyne. Capped with a Man of the Match performance in the Manchester derby, the Belgian has been heaped in praise.
The 25-year-old’s manager hasn’t ignored the storming performances either and after an electric showing versus Bournemouth, the compliments have swelled. In fact, De Bruyne is being mentioned amid the greats of the game.
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Having been snatched from Wolfsburg last summer for a club record £55 million, De Bruyne enjoyed a solid 2015-16. Despite being marred by injury, the Belgian went a long way to justify his hearty fee.
Nevertheless, he has kicked on even further this campaign and established himself as arguably the first name on the teamsheet.
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During Manchester City’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford, their midfield talisman bagged a goal and assist as well as generally tormenting Jose Mourinho’s side. His awarding of the Man of the Match accolade was simply a no brainer.
Consequently, when he followed up this performance with another strike and slick showing in the dismantlement of Bournemouth, excitement over him spilled over further.
Guardiola isn’t one to shy away from praising his players and thus ensured De Bruyne was rewarded for his stellar performances.
Speaking after the 4-0 win, the ex-Barcelona coach stated: “He is one of the best players I have worked with.
“Messi is on his own in the table, but Kevin is in the next table and he is right up there.”
Put simply, in Guardiola’s opinion, only Lionel Messi is noticeably beyond the capabilities of De Bruyne. So yes, the Belgian has been nominated as in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Neymar and so forth.
There can be little doubting the mercurial start De Bruyne has made to the season, but this appears vastly exaggerated plaudits.
However, this is coming from the manager that viewed Claudio Bravo’s performance against United as one of the best he’d ever seen from a goalkeeper. Therefore, it’s fair to say these comments should be taken with a pinch of salt.
That isn’t to say though, if De Bruyne can maintain his purple patch, that the 25-year-old can’t battle it out with the sport’s greatest. After all, given his age and talent, he appears destined for great things.
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