Kevin De Bruyne was shocked to hear that the pass that led to Raheem Sterling’s goal in the 1-3 win over Crystal Palace was his first assist of the season.
The Belgian is regarded as one of the best attacking-midfielders of this generation but he has only registered one assist this entire campaign. After spending so much of the season out on the sidelines, De Bruyne has had to earn his way back into the City lineup.
He did contribute with a key passes when he got on but the 27-year-old was surprised to hear that his previous efforts did not count. After the match, he said, “It doesn’t matter. I count the one against Everton,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter, It’s just the way it goes. I try to help the team and if we win I’m happy.
“There’s pressure all the time. If we don’t win the Premier League, people are going to say it’s a failure. But all we can do is try and perform well. At the end, even if we don’t make it I think we’ll still have a great season. But obviously we want to win it and we’ll see how far we go.”
“You never know. It’s Pep’s decision,” he said. “When I play, I try to perform well and help the team win. When I am on the bench, I try to come in as good as possible to help the team as well, so it’s his decision, and we have to go with it.”