Friday, 16 November, 2018

De Bruyne is my Man City blueprint, says Guardiola

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Kristopher Love | 17 December, 2017, 13:16

Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City's squad, like manager Pep Guardiola, are not entertaining thoughts of going the Premier League season unbeaten, despite demolishing Tottenham 4-1 on Saturday.

Rumours emerged that it was baby-related, but Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee confirmed that was untrue, but whatever the situation surrounding his absence, Kevin De Bruyne apparently paid tribute to his teammate during the game, according to the Telegraph. The record for the best winning run in European top flight leagues is also held by Guardiola (19) at Bayern.

De Bruyne's 70th-minute goal came shortly after he caught by a awful tackle from Spurs' Dele Alli that saw the midfielder booked, although he could easily have been a red card. "I think the basis for the England national team is from Tottenham".

"No, absolutely not. We are here to win titles, we had a great start, it's still more than half (of the season remaining) so it's very difficult, very hard". All three clubs supported me, all the decisions we believe in and they provide me with outstanding players. We work a lot and the players know that.

"We are busy, we know what's coming in the next couple of weeks. It was a great performance".

Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring with a 14th-minute header, while Raheem Sterling continued his impressive form in front of goal with two close-range finishes in the closing stages.

The Germany midfielder's City career has been punctuated by serious knee injuries and he was delighted to have contributed to such a commanding victory.

"His performance today, I have no words, no words to describe what he has done with the ball, how many assists, his (ability to) switch play", said the Spanish manager. We are happy to beat a team like Tottenham.

"I have been through tough times so especially games like today where you are able to improve your self-confidence are very important".