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Manchester City: Pep Guardiola hails Kevin de Bruyne for getting back to his best in 7-0 Leeds win

Pep Guardiola hails ‘phenomenal’ Kevin De Bruyne for getting back to his best with a cultured double in Manchester City’s 7-0 thrashing of Leeds – as he admits playmaker ‘struggled’ at the beginning of the marketing campaign

  • Kevin de Bruyne scored twice in Manchester City’s 7-0 demolition of Leeds
  • The Belgium midfielder had beforehand struggled for type this season
  • Pep Guardiola insists his brace on Tuesday night time was a step in the precise course 

Pep Guardiola hailed ‘phenomenal’ Kevin de Bruyne after the Manchester City midfielder returned to type with two objectives in a 7-0 demolition of Leeds.

City prolonged their lead on the prime of the desk to 4 factors with their largest win of the season, as Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones and Nathan Ake additionally acquired on the scoresheet.

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But on De Bruyne’s first objectives since October, boss Guardiola stated: ‘He’s phenomenal. We want him. He’s so vital for us. He is devastating. He can do what he desires.’

Pep Guardiola hailed Kevin de Bruyne after his brace in Man City's 7-0 thrashing of Leeds

Pep Guardiola hailed Kevin de Bruyne after his brace in Man City’s 7-0 thrashing of Leeds

De Bruyne was making his first Premier League begin in a month after contracting coronavirus and he ran the present towards struggling Leeds, scoring the aim of the night time with a thunderous long-range strike.

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‘He is humble sufficient to settle for he has to work,’ added Guardiola. ‘He educated very well in the final two days and in a kind of recreation like this, which is slightly bit extra open, he’s the best.

‘We are actually happy as a result of we miss him. We have been collectively six seasons and what he has accomplished for me is all the things.

‘We are more than happy he’s coming back, step-by-step, as a result of he struggled at first of the season rather a lot. Hopefully, now he can retain this rhythm longer as a result of we’d like him.’

De Bruyne's classy double helped City claim a resounding victory on the night

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De Bruyne’s elegant double helped City declare a powerful victory on the night time

Guardiola was delighted to see the Belgian return to his best after a tough start to the season

Guardiola was delighted to see the Belgian return to his best after a troublesome begin to the season

De Bruyne added: ‘Lots has occurred this yr, slightly bit out of my management. At the time I used to be coming back, I acquired Covid. It occurred and now we’re working arduous to come back to a superb stage.

‘I feel we performed extremely properly.’

Guardiola additionally praised the Manchester City followers, having beforehand criticised poor attendances on the Etihad, particularly at midweek video games.

‘The vibe of the stadium was phenomenal,’ he added. ‘It was offered out, when this occurs the gamers felt it, thanks a lot to all of them. To give this efficiency to them was a pleasure.’

Marcelo Bielsa, in the meantime, was left to mirror on Leeds’ worst ever Premier League defeat and the primary time he has conceded seven objectives in his lengthy managerial profession.

‘It is the worst efficiency in 4 years,’ the Whites boss stated. ‘It’s not that City performed very properly. It’s much more noticeable how badly we performed than how properly City performed.

‘City performs like this on a regular basis, or comparable to it, however we now have by no means performed so badly in these 4 years.

‘What I proposed and what the sport wanted, was not ok. You can deflect the eye when some issues work and a few issues do not however when nothing works, it’s the choices of the one in cost that defines what occur.’

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