Kevin de Bruyne angry at Guardiola for untimely substitution
Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne was angry with manager Pep Guardiola after being subbed to make way for Phil Foden in the 9-0 drubbing of Burton Albion in the first leg of the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.
de Bruyne started the game and opened the scoring for the Citizens just five minutes into the game but he was taken off just before the hour mark, leaving the Belgian to cut a frustrated figure.
The Belgian didn’t look impressed and walked straight down the tunnel rather than staying on the sidelines to watch his teammates play. And Reports have now confirmed that he was absolutely furious with Pep Guardiola for taking him off so early in the game.
de Bruyne have found himself in and out of the team due to recurrent injuries this season and he was eager to stay on the field for the entire 90 minutes to work his way back to full fitness.
Gabriel Jesus netted his second hat-trick of the season as Oleksandr Zinchenko, Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker all got their names on the scoresheet in the goal fest.
The Brazil striker said: “Every time we respect the opponent. We know we have more quality than Burton but when you don’t work hard, you don’t play very well, and it is difficult to win the game.
“That is what we did, played very well and worked hard. We go onto the pitch thinking, ‘win the game’ and we played very well to win.”