As the goals went flying in at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night when Manchester City blew away Leeds United in a 7-0 scoreline, apart from a brilliant team performance, there was one player who the supporters would have been delighted to see shine. Midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne took centre stage once again after a tough start to the season and he couldn’t have rediscovered his form at a better time.
After suffering an injury in the Champions League final defeat against Chelsea last season, before having another setback at Euro 2020 with Belgium, this term has seen the key midfielder struggle to continue his excelling form that has seen him labelled the ‘best in the world’ by his manager Pep Guardiola. He also faced another setback when he tested positive for Covid-19 last month which has really stagnated his progress to get up and running this season.
Guardiola has been fortunate to have Bernardo Silva playing in the form of his life while De Bruyne has been working hard behind the scenes to get back to the high standards he sets and his manager will be thrilled to have both him and Silva firing on all cylinders.
Sensational strike from Manchester City's Belgian maestro!
De Bruyne’s individual display in the Leeds victory was a glimpse of the playmaker back at his best and his two goals on Tuesday will whet the appetite of fans who will be glad to see the Belgian playing his part in the Citizens’ title defence. He may still be waiting to register his first assist of the campaign but it will only be a matter of time until he gets off the mark in that department as he grows in confidence. You can never doubt a player who has registered 32 assists in the last two seasons.
The quality is always there with the 30-year-old, he has just been unfortunate with the obstacles in front of him this season but they appear to be clearing – which is great news for him and his boss. As the festive period rumbles on, De Bruyne hitting his stride could not come at a better time for his side and he’ll be hoping he can build on his fine work against Leeds in the games which are coming thick and fast.
Guardiola was delighted to see the midfielder excelling again and was full of praise for him after the game. He said: “Kevin trained well the last two days. Against Wolves, he lacked rhythm, but it is not easy to come back [after Covid-19].
“In these types of games, that are a bit more open and they put a lot of players in front, Kevin is the best. We are really pleased he is coming back because we need him. He struggled at the start of the season but hopefully now he can maintain this rhythm longer.”
With De Bruyne slowly returning to his best, Man City will be sending a warning to their rivals as they continue to set the bar high in this gripping race for the Premier League title.
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