Manchester City sweat over Kevin de Bruyne fitness

Florence Fletcher
August 19, 2018

"It is a different prospect, cup games are different to a league", De Bruyne told the BBC.

Sam Lee from Goal has since reported that the Belgian worldwide is already on crutches from the training ground and will be assessed in both Manchester and Barcelona.

The visit comes after the City boss had grilled his returning World Cup stars in the last few weeks ahead of the new season. I am lucky that I like to play the way already that he implemented so it was an easier transition, more natural.

De Bruyne believes that Liverpool, who have strengthened significantly in the transfer window, will lead the challenge to de-throne City, along with the rest of the top six, this season.

It remains to be seen just how serious the 27-year-old's injury is, but Opta data shows he will be sorely missed if he ends up on the sidelines for a significant period of time.

"You can see he's been working hard, he was even out in Russian Federation so that's how much he loves the game of football". "Obviously he's not settling for one title and we're not as well - we want more".

Chelsea's loss has certainly been Man City's gain - hopefully the Premier League gets De Bruyne back fit and firing again soon.

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"He is very important".

Raheem Sterling opened scoring for the visitors in the 14th minute through a powerful shot after which Bernando Silva sealed the victory with 64th minute effort. The other teams are always going to push us, Liverpool did what we did a year ago.

With regard to his manager, Pep Guardiola, the midfielder said: "Pep has different relationships with everyone".

"Every season is a major season and this game was complicated but we played at a high level".

291 - In the same period, only Christian Eriksen (321) and Mesut Ozil (320) have created more chances than the Belgian, who has crafted 291 opportunities.

"We're definitely not satisfied with one title".

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