Pep proud of Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said star man Kevin de Bruyne is back to his normal self after his gradual return to first-team action after a long injury layoff.
The gaffer lauded the Belgian’s performance against Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round tie in an overall impressive team display. City beat Sean Dyche’s men 5-0 to progress into the fifth round.
de Bruyne is steadily making his way back to his best after a knee injury. He looked at his best at the Etihad, scoring a goal to boot his performance.
He also provided the goal scored by Bernardo Silva and provided the cross which forced Kevin Long into scoring an own goal.
Guardiola was signing praise for the player. He said: “We know his quality,” said the City boss. “It’s not easy for the players when they are a long time injured, [trying to] get back into the rhythm, the pace.
“That’s why we try to handle the minutes with the players as best as possible and we did it.
“Of course, [in this game] it was like we know Kevin can be. We need him because he’s clever and so aggressive in his game. He helps a lot.”
While Manchester City await for their next opponents in the FA Cup, they will prepare for their next league game away at Newcastle United.