Not bad huh ? Guardiola marvels at De Bruyne’s talent and work
Pep Guardiola praised Kevin De Bruyne’s masterful performance in midfield in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Leicester City.
Premier League leaders took one step closer to glory thanks to second-half goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus which only told part of the story of their dominance at King Power Stadium.
De Bruyne rocked the crossbar with a free kick midway through the first half and was named man of the match after a majestic long-distance ball scattered Leicester’s defense for the match-sealing effort of Jesus 16 minutes from the end.
“Very good, eh? It’s not the first time he’s done it,” Guardiola said in reaction to the contribution at his post-match press conference.
“The next game he’s got to score a goal. The next game he’s going to pass and score a goal.
“Kevin, in this situation, is extraordinary.”
De Bruyne has also recovered possession 14 times, more than any other City player and won 10 of his 18 matches.
“It’s one of our identities. When the most talented players in the world are able to do this kind of work,” Guardiola said of the playmaker’s selfless contribution.
“There is no negotiation about it. You can play very badly, but in terms of the race and the pressure for your teammates until the end, we have to do it.
“Do it for your friends, because in the next move your friends will do it for you.
“We can’t deny that in the five years we’ve been together, the players we’ve raced and fought in every game. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of.”
This sense of unity was underscored by the celebrations following Mendy’s opener – a strike that seemed particularly popular across the City squad.
“Benjamin is particularly loved by all of us, especially his teammates,” added Guardiola.
“He’s a special person, the way he lives. He has an amazing heart. When a player is honest like him, people love him so much.
“He hasn’t played a lot lately, today he played and scored an incredible goal. The manager has to be so good for him to score a goal with his right foot – oh my God!”