Guardiola: De Bruyne can do everything
Pep Guardiola lavished praise on Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian’s excellent display in Manchester City’s 1-0 victory away to Chelsea.
It was de Bruyne who scored the game’s only goal, doing so in the second half after exchanging passes with Gabriel Jesus before unleashing a venomous left-footed effort past international teammate Thibaut Courtois.
That goal was his second in the space of four days, having also scored in City’s 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, with Guardiola believing that the 26-year-old ‘can do absolutely everything’.
"He is doing a lot of things this season, last season he hit the post 12 or 13 times and this season they are going in," Guardiola said.
"He can do absolutely everything. With the ball he is in different positions and can assist short and long. After, without the ball he's the most humble, the most shy guy. He says 'if I have to run 100km for the team, I will do that'.
"It is not easy to find that with this type of talent. He's one of our captains. I think he makes a step forward and people feel comfortable having him on the pitch.
"At the end, Kevin showed once again how good he is, that guy. And we won the game. That is why we are so happy."
City have become perennial quick starters in recent years, with this most recent victory keeping them top of the Premier League table ahead of Manchester United after arguably facing a more difficult start than their rivals.
Guardiola saw his team win ten games in a row at the beginning of last season and certainly won’t be taking this most recent start for granted this time around.
"We're in September. Of course it's so important, because winning at Stamford Bridge means they are not able to win three points. In terms of points it is so important," he said.
"Of course you have to adapt to your opponents but we showed in the first minute that we were coming here to win the game. That is what I want to give to the club and that is what we did in this game.
"[In the title race] We have United. We saw again the Harry Kane team, scoring every week two or three goals.
"Jose with United always will be tough because now you see United and think, OK, that is a Jose Mourinho team. So aggressive, they win duels, so good on the counter-attack. They have already convinced that they can do it that way. So it will be so tough.
"But it is important in the process to show we can do that. We can go to Old Trafford, White Hart Lane [sic] or Emirates Stadium, it doesn't matter. We are going to try. After that, the opponents are good too. But we are going to try."