Kevin Debruine is sweating on his place ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford.The Belgian superstar, 30, has been the main man at the Etihad — and at times in the whole Premier League — for much of his six-year stay. Manchester City lost their last weekend's Premier League match to Cristal Palace when they were defeated 2-0. But Pep Guardiola does not care much for the past, just ask Raheem Sterling or Riyad Mahrez.
“Everything we have done in these years is thanks to a player like Kevin. He is such an important player for us and an excellent person. In all seasons there are highs and lows and the next game is another opportunity. Kevin knows it.”
De Bruyne was left on the bench at Brighton nine days ago — and City shone. At West Ham in midweek, he was withdrawn ten minutes from time as the Carabao Cup holders went out on penalties. Because right now, on form alone, he does not get into their first XI.
Class is permanent, of course. But he looks in need of a rest. Perhaps the traumatic summer, with injuries in the Champions League final and at the Euros, has caught up with him. Asked if giving him a breather was a possibility, Guardiola said: “Whether they play or rest is my decision because I know a lot of information.
Manchester City's boss Pep Guardiola believes his boys could provide the best against Manchester United and he is confident to play without the out-of-form Kevin Debruine.
The City boss added: “The problem is when he gives up and says it doesn’t matter. That is not the case. On Saturday, he made a step forward.” The champions have been in such great form recently that few would have seen this setback coming.
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