Pep Guardiola reveals why De Bruyne isn’t a special player

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Kevin De Bruyne marked his return to Premier League action with a superb goal and an assist, resulting in Manchester City 3-2 win against Newcastle United, marking City’s first win in three visits to St James Park.

De Bruyne had missed five months of action due to injury, but only recently made a return to the team, and has now played his second game since August.

With Manchester City trailing 2-1 against Newcastle, De Bruyne was introduced by Pep Guardiola as City sought a comeback.

De Bruyne was introduced in the 69th minute, and found a way out for his team five minutes later, as he drilled a well-placed shot through Fabian Schär’s legs and into the bottom corner.

Kevin De Bruyne didn’t back down even with the clock ticking down as the Belgian found fellow substitute Oscar Bobb with an amazing pass, and Bobb equally thrilled the eye with an impressive quick feet to score his first PL goal and earn Man City’s sixth consecutive win in all competitions.

For Pep Guardiola, the Belgian isn’t just a special player, but a legend of the game.

Speaking after the match, Guardiola proudly asserted: “I had the feeling that he’s not ready for ninety minutes after five months.

“His tight impact from the last 30-35 minutes, you know for the goal for the assist and how many times arriving at the byline for the crosses, so isn’t a special player, he’s a legend.”

De Bruyne has now become  the third-highest assist provider in the Premier League with 103 assists so far.

We can’t wait for Erling Haaland to return, so they can continue their buzzing partnership.