Kevin De Bruyne is undoubtedly one of the Man City’s greatest players to ever put on the sky blue outfit of the Premier League champions and Pep Guardiola couldn’t deny the fact that the Belgian has registered his name as the club legend.
“He is a special player. He is a legend”, the Catalan said after the football world witnessed another masterclass from the midfield maestro in a Premier League match against Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Cityzens needed a moment of magic to leave St James’ Park with at least a point with just 25 minutes to go. Guardiola’s men were losing 2-1 to their host before De Bruyne stepped onto the pitch.
The Belgian did not only make sure that Man City left with a point, but he also made sure that they went home with all three points and silenced all noisy Newcastle United fans.
“He is beloved by our people and he is fresh in his mind because five months is a lot of time. Hopefully, in the second part of the season, he can help us be there until the end,” Guardiola added which means the fitness of the Midfielder will determine how successful City might be at the end of the season.
De Bruyne being named among Man City’s greatest players shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who have witnessed his astonishing performances over the years.
Despite injuring his hamstring last season, the Belgian played with pain to ensure that the Sky Blues won their first-ever UEFA Champions League and was visibly heartbroken when he couldn’t continue during the final against Inter Milan in Istanbul.
Therefore, coming off a five-month injury, Pep Guardiola believes that arguably one of Man City’s greatest players of modern football is not getting fit and couldn’t afford to play 90 minutes.
“Apart from that, I had the feeling he was not ready for 90 minutes after five months. We cannot forget – people say, ‘OK he’s ready, he can play after five months 90 minutes’.
“It’s not the case, so that is why he was in that situation. But we had control of the game and his impact in the last 35 minutes, the goal, the assist, and how many times he arrived at the byline for the crosses.”