‘De Bruyne is back’ claims Guardiola
Following Manchester City’s tough victory against Leicester in their title chase, Pep Guardiola has praised his midfield maestro, De Bruyne, declaring that he is back to his best, while also giving update on Haaland’s injuries
Manchester City has temporarily moved to the top of the Premier League table with their win against Leicester City, which came only after a stunning 25-yard free-kick from De Bruyne. Speaking about the match and KDB’s winner, Guardiola told BT Sports: "
Kevin De Bruyne is back,"
"He was not playing good the last few games, but today he was amazing. He knows it.”
Guardiola also talked about the way that today’s match was played out, stating that:
"There was no space and we had to be patient. [Leicester] changed it, and it was a difficult game, because they had 10 players so deep and it's so difficult.
"After we scored the goal, they changed their rhythm and in the Premier League, the last few minutes are always difficult, so it's a massive victory for us."
When BBC Sport asked him about Haaland’s injury and the nature of it, the Spaniard stated:
"I don't know. He has ligament damage.
"He feels better and we have one more week as he won't play against Sevilla [on Wednesday] because we have already qualified [in the Champions League].
"And then hopefully against Fulham, he can help us. If not, he might play against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup [on November 9]."
The man of the hour, Kevin De Bruyne, also gave his thoughts about the match: "
We have proved we can win with or without Erling Haaland.
"Ederson has been great. Sometimes, we only talk about his distribution, but he's a great keeper, and he proves it every week.
"We made it difficult for ourselves, we were a bit tired. They were very negative for 70 minutes, but then their changes made it a different game.
"We didn't keep the ball in their half, but we still could have scored a second."
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