Chelsea supporters must be sick at the sight of Kevin De Bruyne punishing defences with inch-perfect passes each week.
The Belgian playmaker has been the Premier League’s best player through the opening 10 matches of the season, De Bruyne already notching six assists in those games for Manchester City.
To watch him has been simply delightful.
De Bruyne’s rise can be attributed to the work of his manager, Pep Guardiola, who has also turned Raheem Sterling into a consistent goalscorer.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp this week, De Bruyne thanked Guardiola for providing the “perfect” platform for him and Man City to succeed.
“Since Pep came to the club, he plays a style of football I like to play, so it makes it easy as a player,” De Bruyne said, per the Mail.
“I like it here, it is the perfect environment and since I came here there has been a lot of trust in me. I like the project they are doing from the moment I came here.
“There was an older team (when I first arrived), they did a lot of transfers, a lot of young people, they are building for the future... I am really happy here and I see myself being a long time here.”
That final sentence will come as a blow to Paris Saint-Germain, who have been linked with the 25-year-old.
What Guardiola has banned his players from doing
In his talk with Redknapp, as part of Sky Sports’ Match Zone, De Bruyne also went into some detail about Guardiola’s training sessions.
After Redknapp pointed out that he and David Silva must be incredible in five-a-side matches due to their passing success, De Bruyne admitted that Guardiola has banned his players from performing backheels because he only wants to see simple passes played.
“You (294) and David Silva (313), the two maestros, are top in the League this season in terms of successful passes in the final third,” Redknapp said.
“Guardiola can't have you on the same side in five-a-side because nobody will get the ball!”
De Bruyne responded: “We don't play a lot of five-a-side. We always play 'boxes'.
“It's strange to see a manager be so busy with boxes. I mean 5 v 2 or 6 v 2. For him, that's like being the master of football. If you can do that well you can play well in a game because it's small-based.
"We are not allowed to do backheels or whatever, it's simple passes and he wants the guys in the middle to run.
“He loves it. It's something that, for him, is very important to put in our game.”
Bet it’s a nightmare for those in the middle.
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