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Kevin De Bruyne: Man City playmaker looking forward to brief break

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Kevin de Bruyne says that Manchester City’s weary players are grateful for some time off before their next game against Leicester.

City boss Pep Guardiola, who saw his side draw 1-1 with Burnley on Saturday, has given his squad three days leave ahead of the game against the Foxes next weekend.

Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, John Stones, David Silva, Fabian Delph and Phil Foden are all sidelined for City as the Manchester team is gradually plagued with injuries amidst a schedule packed with domestic fixtures.

“I was feeling it from the first minute,” said De Bruyne after the match at Burnley. “You feel great for 10 games, then you feel OK for 10 games and then the rest you feel like shit.”

On the other hand, De Bruyne, 26, has missed only three of City’s 39 games in all competitions as the Blues still chasing four trophies this season. His workload has been increased by David Silva’s personal circumstances and the sidelining of Yaya Toure, as the latter has been limited to only 89 minutes of Premier League football.

In his appearances, the playmaker has completed 2,975 minutes in a City colours, while also registering the most assists, crosses and through balls in the division and covering more ground than many players do in a season.

“You know, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do. We’ve only got 15 or 16 players available at the moment so we need to get through it,” added De Bruyne.

The week-long gap between fixtures is City’s longest since the November international break. They will host Leicester at the Etihad on Saturday.

“It will do us a lot of good,” said De Bruyne. “I’m going away, it doesn’t matter where!”

Kevin de Bruyne disappointed with Paul Pogba absence in upcoming derby

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne claims that he was disappointed that Paul Pogba will be absent for Sunday’s Manchester derby because he relishes coming up against the best players.

Pogba will be starting a three-match ban after he was sent off in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Arsenal for a challenge on Hector Bellerín.

Although the French international said last week that he hoped Manchester City players would suffer injuries to help United’s title push, de Bruyne rejected the idea that karma was at work.

“I don’t believe in that,” de Bruyne said. “I’m a very straightforward guy. If someone believes it is karma then OK. Everyone has their right to their opinion. I don’t want anyone to get injured. It’s a competition, you want to play against the best teams and the best players.”

“I don’t care [what he says]. He can say whatever he wants. We just have to be focused on whatever we’re doing. He’s a massive player. I know him a little bit. He’s unbelievable. He took a red card and that’s the way it goes – you have injuries and suspensions.”

Should City win at Old Trafford on Sunday they will move 11 points clear at the top, but De Bruyne remains wary of celebrating too early, and that nobody will care about Manchester City’s present club-record 20-match winning run if they fail to pick up any trophies this season.

“It means we [would] almost have a four-game advantage,” he added. “It’s a good gap but doesn’t mean anything. Football goes very quick. It’s a busy two months when things can change but the way we’re going is good and we need to continue that.”

“If we don’t win anything, are you going to talk about 20 wins? Nobody will care about it. Our winning run is phenomenal and gives us a good advantage but we have a big week with Swansea and Tottenham following the United game.”

“If we lost two out of three and they win everything, they are there. At the moment we are on an up. We need to keep focused with whatever we are doing and keep busy with ourselves.”

Manchester City edges Chelsea to stay on Premier League summit

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Manchester City maintained their place on top of the Premier League table following a 1-0 win over defending champions Chelsea.

Kevin de Bruyne scored the only goal in the game from twenty yards out at 67th minute with a fierce left-footed drive, pushing his team ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League table.

City looked comfortable enough in their one-goal lead, but threatened with a second when Gabriel Jesus’s volley was headed off the line by Antonio Rudiger, and threatened to score before De Bruyne’s goal as well, with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois being forced to make a brilliant reflex save from Fernandinho’s header before the break.

Although Chelsea rose to rally in the later stages of the game, they could not find an equalizer and thus lost eight points in four Premier League home games so far in 2017-18; two more than in the whole of 2016-17. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

It adds glitter to City’s achievement in a troubled week for the club, with key defender Benjamin Mendy possibly out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury and striker Sergio Aguero being sidelined after suffering rib injuries in a car crash in Amsterdam.

While Chelsea arguably shared the same circumstances after losing top scorer Alvaro Morata to a hamstring problem after 35 minutes, City have now won eight games in all competitions while keeping four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since September 2015 (six games in that run).

Before the Chelsea game, the Manchester club already scored 16 goals in their past 3 games without reply in drubbings against Liverpool, Watford and Crystal Palace by 5-0, 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.

While Chelsea were not one to succumb to City’s offensive power as easily, even in the the absence of Aguero got the job done at Stamford Bridge by repelling the Blues whenever they went up front and adapted as need be on both ends of the pitch.

Manchester City stuns Barcelona with Gundogan brace

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Manchester City staged a thrilling comeback, pressing high to stave off Barcelona’s formidable attack and secure a fully deserved 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Lionel Messi scored his 90th Champions League goal after a superb counter-attack as the Argentinian finished cooly from Neymar’s pass to put Barcelona firmly in control early in the first half.

However, glimpses of hope appeared for City six minutes before the interval when Sergi Roberto’s mistake allowed Raheem Sterling to set up Ilkay Gundogan for a simple finish, equalizing the scores.

The Blues, seeking their first win over Barcelona at the sixth attempt, rallied after half time and took the lead as Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick curved past Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the 51st minute.

Andre Gomes crashed found the woodwork as Barcelona search n vain for an equaliser, but City wrapped up what was a landmark win against manager Pep Guardiola’s former team with 16 minutes left when De Bruyne played in Jesus Navas and, when his cross fell loose from Sergio Aguero, Gundogan was once more on the spot to score.

Guardiola’s methods may have been questioned after City’s 4-0 defeat by Barca themselves at the Nou Camp, but this was the type of result Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners had in mind when they brought him to the Etihad.

It was a win achieved with all the Guardiola hallmarks, in a blaze of attacking football, passing, movement and courage to take on the best without forsaking any of his principles.

Amidst that victory which could be remembered for years to come, City will reach the last sixteen of the competition if they win on 23 November at Borussia Monchengladbach, who drew with Celtic by 1-1.