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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise
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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise

Manchester City dominated from start to finish as they cruised to a 3-0 victory away at Marseille in Group C. Ferran Torres scored his second Champions League goal for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side eased to a 3-0 win over Marseille. Playing in a central role in the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Torres – who had netted in the 3-1 win over Porto in City's opening Group C outing – broke the deadlock when he was teed up by Kevin De Bruyne in the 18th minute. City were well worthy of their lead, though Guardiola may be concerned that his team failed to turn their dominance of possession into clear-cut opportunities until Ilkay Gundogan settled the contest.  
Man City Want To Win Everything This Season – De Bruyne
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Man City Want To Win Everything This Season – De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City want to reassert their superiority by winning all four major trophies this season. City finished last season with a whimper as they ended 18 points behind Premier League champions Liverpool and suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final defeat against Lyon. They were also beaten in the FA Cup semi-finals by Arsenal with the League Cup final win against Aston Villa a rare highlight for Pep Guardiola’s side. But City are determined to make amends this term and Belgian midfielder De Bruyne insists fresh goals have been set, including a clean sweep of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. “I think the motivation doesn’t change if you win or you lose,” De Bruyne said after impressing in City’s 3-1 win at Wolves on ...
Messi And Ronaldo Omitted From UEFA Men’s POTY Nominations
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Messi And Ronaldo Omitted From UEFA Men’s POTY Nominations

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been omitted from the nominations for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year awards. For the first time in 10 years, the two greatest players of the modern game do not appear on the shortlist for the awards, for which Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski are considered favourites to win. Despite their confirmed places in the pantheon of the greats, few could argue with the decision not to nominate Messi and Ronaldo after the 2019/20 season. While Ronaldo did help Juventus to win yet another Serie A title, both Juve and Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League before the latter stages. While both Ronaldo and Messi bagged a rather disappointing three goals apiece in eight Champions League matches, Lewandowski scored 15 on his way t...
Kevin De Bruyne Warns Liverpool How Tough Premier League Defence Will Be
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Kevin De Bruyne Warns Liverpool How Tough Premier League Defence Will Be

Manchester City successfully defended their crown in the 2018/19 season but were pushed all the way by Liverpool. Pep Guardiola's men finished on 98 points, just one ahead of Liverpool, who responded by finishing 18 points ahead of City last season to end their 30-year wait for a league title, "It was harder than we expected and we needed a very big fight with them to get it done," De Bruyne told the Daily Mail. "Mentally, sometimes it's tougher. Some teams are a little more focused on beating you. "Sometimes, some people find it more difficult after winning to get that same feeling again. It is very difficult to recreate the same feeling even with the same team, "There is so much in life that goes on personally. Every little thing can change you. Injury can change you. Football is all...
English PFA Awards 2020: Kevin De Bruyne Pips Liverpool Stars To PFA Player Of The Year Award, Other Winners
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English PFA Awards 2020: Kevin De Bruyne Pips Liverpool Stars To PFA Player Of The Year Award, Other Winners

Kevin De Bruyne has become the first Manchester City man to be named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year. The Belgium playmaker’s award breaks a two-year run of Liverpool winners, with Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah having claimed the prize in the last two seasons. City trailed the Reds by an eventual 18 points in the 2019/20 Premier League term but De Bruyne, who registered 13 goals and a record-equalling 20 assists, was voted the campaign’s top performer by his peers and he was quick to thank his manager for handing him full creative licence. “Most of the time he just lets me be me,” the 29-year-old said of Pep Guardiola. “We speak often about the team but in a lot of senses he knows when he gives the orders of what the team has to do that I will...
PFA Player of the Year shortlist: Jordan Henderson, De Bruyne, Van Dijk and others shortlisted
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PFA Player of the Year shortlist: Jordan Henderson, De Bruyne, Van Dijk and others shortlisted

A six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year has now been announced and the list was dominated by Premier League champions, Liverpool. Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all in contention for the award with the Liverpool quartet joined by two Manchester City stars, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Jordan Henderson and Kevin De Bruyne remain the favourites for the honour with the winner to be announced next Tuesday. Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold also made the six-man list for the Young Player of the Year award and will battle it out against Manchester United strikers Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, Chelsea pair Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.
‘De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world’-Xavi
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‘De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world’-Xavi

The former Barcelona playmaker has heaped praise upon the man who picked up the Premier League Player of the Year award last season Kevin De Bruyne is the "best midfielder in the world", according to Xavi, who says the Manchester City star is "on another level" to his peers. De Bruyne has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier league since completing a £55 million ($73m) move to City from Wolfsburg in 2015. The 29-year-old has hit 57 goals in 222 appearances for the Blues, while also providing a staggering 89 assists, 20 of which were recorded in the top-flight last season.
‘De Bruyne would be the perfect fit for Liverpool!’ – Man City star
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‘De Bruyne would be the perfect fit for Liverpool!’ – Man City star

A former Anfield favourite believes the Belgian midfielder would slot into Jurgen Klopp's line up perfectly Stan Collymore says that Kevin De Bruyne "would be the perfect fit for Liverpool", with it his belief that the Manchester City star could turn the Reds into a "truly great side". De Bruyne was the standout player for City throughout their 2019-20 campaign, as he hit 13 goals while also recording a staggering 20 assists in 35 top-flight outings. The 29-year-old picked up the Premier League Player of the Season award for his efforts, and also added a fourth League Cup winners' medal to his collection of domestic honours.
Liverpool’s Mane reveals personal target for 2020-21 season after winning PFA award
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Liverpool’s Mane reveals personal target for 2020-21 season after winning PFA award

The Senegal international was voted by fans as the best player in the Premier League for the 2019-20 season Liverpool forward Sadio Mane said he will work harder to be a better player in the 2020-21 season after winning the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award. Mane was announced as the winner of the annual accolade on Monday after seeing off competition from teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne. The Senegal international, who is currently in Austria with his Liverpool teammates for their pre-season training, reacted to the honour by appreciating the fans who voted for their support.
Kevin De Bruyne Wins Premier League Player Of The Season
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Kevin De Bruyne Wins Premier League Player Of The Season

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named Premier League Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign. The Belgian playmaker beat Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southampton striker Danny Ings, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Leicester's Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy to the award. De Bruyne was the only Manchester City player to be nominated for the prize after they relinquished their Premier League title to Liverpool following two seasons as champions but even if City's domestic campaign fell short of their previous lofty standards, De Bruyne enjoyed his most productive season since arriving at the Etihad in 2015. As well as recording 20 assists - equalling the league record set by Thierry Henry in 2003 - he also sco...
Robin van Persie Names Three-man Final Shortlist to Win Ballon d’ Or 2020 award
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Robin van Persie Names Three-man Final Shortlist to Win Ballon d’ Or 2020 award

A former Manchester United and Arsenal striker, Robin van Persie, has named three players that he feels should make the three-man final shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award. BT Sport on Wednesday night asked their Twitter followers to name their three nominees for the 2020 Ballon d’ Or, and Van Persie got in on the act by submitting three names. Van Persie snubbed Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and instead went for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane – in that order. He tweeted: “@lewy_official, @DeBruyneKev@Sadio Mane.” Lewandowski has been in great form for Bayern this season. The Polish striker has scored 52 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions, helping Bayern ...
Ighalo Named Richest Nigerian Footballer in UK
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Ighalo Named Richest Nigerian Footballer in UK

Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has been listed in the prestigious Sunday Times Young Sports Rich List for 2020. Only individuals and families residing in the UK are eligible to be included in the Young Sport Rich List aged 30 and under. The former Super Eagles star comes in at number 15 and he’s the only Nigerian-born sportsman in the top 18, as boxer Anthony Joshua, who ranked second, was born in Watford, England. Ighalo is worth £18million, same with Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey, former Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck and West Ham’s Jack Wilshere. A large chunk of Ighalo’s wealth comes from his salary at Shanghai Shenhua, where he was earning around £300,000 per week before he arrived at Old Trafford in January. Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah, is the hig...
Thierry Henry Hits Back at De Bruyne Over EPL Record
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Thierry Henry Hits Back at De Bruyne Over EPL Record

Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has hit back at Kevin De Bruyne after the Manchester City playmaker warned him he was coming for his Premier League assists record. De Bruyne was just four behind Henry’s tally of 20 assists before the coronavirus crisis saw English football take a break. The Belgium midfielder has made no secret of his desire to break Henry’s record, which was set in the 2002/2003 season. However, Henry speaking with De Bruyne’s team-mate, Aguero, for PUMA Football, made it clear that the City star must also score more goals. “When you see Kevin [De Bruyne]… because the other day he told me that he’s willing and trying to provide more than 20 assists. “He has 16 already, right? Yeah, that’s right, 16, and the record in a season is 20. And I hold th...
Martinez: De Bruyne has matured into an exceptional player
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Martinez: De Bruyne has matured into an exceptional player

The Manchester City and Belgium international star had been enjoying a remarkable season before the coronavirus shutdown Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez says that Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has matured into a “exceptional player”. The Spaniard says that De Bruyne, who was on course to set a Premier League record in assists before the coronavirus pandemic halted play in England during March, has elevated his performance levels due to a renewed maturity in his game and is now one of the outstanding stars in the sport. Martinez stated that he felt the change in the former Chelsea star’s performance was most evident against Real Madrid as City fought back from one down to overcome the Spanish giants in the first-leg of the clubs’ last-16 Champions League clash, with ‘...
Virgil Van Dijk Picks His Non Liverpool Premier League 5-A-Side Team
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Virgil Van Dijk Picks His Non Liverpool Premier League 5-A-Side Team

Virgil van Dijk has named his fantasy Premier League five-a-side team but the Liverpool defender wasn't allowed to pick any of his teammates. If you were picking aa football team made out of the players in the Premier League Van Dijk would be an early pick for most people. The Dutchman would most likely be in contention with his table topping teammates for first pick but choosing his own fantasy side, for Premier League productions via the Liverpool website, the former Saint wasn't allowed to pick any Reds' players. Van Dijk picked a 1-2-1 formation with Manchester City's Ederson in goal with teammate Aymeric Laporte in front of him in defence. A third City representative Kevin de Bruyne is paired with Son Heung-min in midfielder and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes up the team. ...
Coronavirus: De Bruyne Calls For Premier League To Be Canceled
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Coronavirus: De Bruyne Calls For Premier League To Be Canceled

Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has called for the Premier League season to be canceled. We recalls that the Premier League had been suspended due to the spread of Coronavirus across the world. Manchester City are 25 points behind league leaders, Liverpool on the Premier League table. But, De Bruyne believes players’ safety should come first, as COVID-19 continues to affect sporting events. “I have no idea if we will still play,” the Belgium international said as quoted by Football London. “In England, they want to wait as long as possible with a decision. “But, as a footballer, that is not evident. You’re idle for six weeks, and normally you need preparation of three to four weeks. “If we restart immediately, everyone will be injured after a few games....
Man City attacker De Bruyne worried about condensed end to season
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Man City attacker De Bruyne worried about condensed end to season

Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne is worried about a condensed end to the season. De Bruyne has revealed his fears for players, who are currently being forced to carry out individual training plans at home during the UK coronavirus lockdown. He told HLN: “I have no idea when we will be playing again. You haven't played for six weeks. “Normally you'd need a preparation of three to four weeks. If we restart immediately then everybody will be injured after a few games. “I know that there's lots of money involved. But I think that waiting so long to make a decision can cause issues next season. There won't be a long summer break and you can just postpone everything. “I would feel sad if the season is stopped after such a good year, but if it avoids issues for next season,...
De Bruyne Vows To Play Two Extra Years After Virus Lockdown
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De Bruyne Vows To Play Two Extra Years After Virus Lockdown

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has vowed to play for an extra two years at the end of his career to make up for the time lost due to the coronavirus. The Premier League is postponed until at least April 30 because of the pandemic and is likely to be delayed even longer when the English game’s stakeholders meet on Friday. De Bruyne has not played since March 1 because of the health crisis and the miserable experience has underlined to the Belgian star just how much he loves the game. The 28-year-old’s desire to prolong his career comes after he enjoyed a superb personal season with City after missing most of their treble-winning campaign last term due to injury. “I told my wife I’m going to play a little longer,” De Bruyne said in an Instagram Live video Q&A ...
De Bruyne A Doubt For Manchester Derby” – Man City Coach Pep Guardiola CONFIRMS
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De Bruyne A Doubt For Manchester Derby” – Man City Coach Pep Guardiola CONFIRMS

Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola has a new problem ahead the Premier League clash against rivals Manchester United this weekend. Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne could miss the match against Manchester United this weekend, Pep Guardiola confirmed. De Bruyne played no part in Wednesday night's FA Cup clash vs Sheffield Wednesday, with fans believing he was just being rested. De Bruyne has been a crucial player to City's success this season and is now on track to break Thierry Henry's assist record for a single Premier League season. He scored the winning goal for Guardiola's team against Real Madrid last week side at the Bernabeu in the Champions League. The Belgian was not part of the 18-man squad for the trip to Hillsborough on Wednesday night. However, Gu...
Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City, Jesus And De Bruyne Scores, Sergio Ramos See Red
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Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City, Jesus And De Bruyne Scores, Sergio Ramos See Red

Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne scored late goals as Manchester City fought back from a goal down to beat Real Madrid and take management of their Champions League last-16 tie. After a cagey first half, the hosts capitalized on a protecting mix-up between Rodri and Nicolas Otamendi to take the lead as the remarkable Vinicius Junior raced towards goal before neatly squaring for Isco to slot home. Sergio Ramos shot over as Real Madrid appeared to double their advantage but City equalised 12 minutes before time when Jesus nodded in from close range. It was once the least City deserved for what had been an awesome away overall performance by Pep Guardiola's side and matters got even higher seven minutes from time when substitute Raheem Sterling was brought down inside the bo...
CAS Confirms Manchester City Appeal To Overturn Uefa Two Year’s Ban
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CAS Confirms Manchester City Appeal To Overturn Uefa Two Year’s Ban

Pep Guardiola's team have been hit with a two-year European ban and have moved to have UEFA's ruling overturned. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has established that they have registered an appeal from Manchester City as the reigning Premier League champions fight to overturn a two-season Champions League ban. UEFA observed the club responsible of breaching Financial Fair Play rules and failing to cooperate with its investigation, handing City a €30m (£25m/$33m) fine on top of their two-year European suspension. City moved shortly to profess their innocence and vowed to show UEFA wrong, with a CAS appeal the first order of business. CAS has now established the appeal has been lodged, releasing an official statement on Wednesday, which reads: "The Court of Arbitrati...
Man City May Lose Key Players Including Guardiola If They Win The UCL
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Man City May Lose Key Players Including Guardiola If They Win The UCL

Just imagine that despite the prospect of a two-year ban from European competition from the start of next season, Manchester City are able to blank out all of the noise and win the Champions League for the first time at the end of this campaign. On the one hand, it would be the ultimate achievement and crowning glory of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan's transformation of the club. As City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak told ESPN in an exclusive interview in August 2018: "We should win it [Champions League] in the next 10 years, and obviously, sooner rather than later." But if UEFA's ban sticks and City spend the next two years unable to compete for European club football's biggest prize, then Champions League glory in May in Istanbul could prove to be a poisoned chalice rather than...
Man City Will be Failures if they Don’t Win Title – De Bruyne
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Man City Will be Failures if they Don’t Win Title – De Bruyne

Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, has said they will be regarded as failures if they don’t win the Champions League. City won every trophy in England last season, clinching the last two Premier League titles in the process. However, Pep Guardiola has found it hard to conquer Europe again since he moved to the Etihad. Their 2016 run to the semi-finals is the closest they have to come to lifting the trophy. City play Real Madrid in the last 16 this week and De Bruyne has called on his team-mates to go the whole distance. “If we don’t win it [the Champions League] everybody is going to say we are failures like the last five years! “It’s something we’ve not won yet. We always want to win everything but sometimes another team is better or performing well – like ...
De Bruyne Reveals his Teammates  Reaction towards Ban
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De Bruyne Reveals his Teammates Reaction towards Ban

Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, has insisted his teammates are focused on winning trophies this season and are not thinking about their Champions League ban. City were handed a two-season ban from European football and fined £24.9million for breaching financial regulations. De Bruyne and the rest of the squad were enjoying their winter break when the news emerged last week. And following City’s 2-0 win against West Ham on Wednesday, the Belgian opened up on the players’ attitudes following the shock news. “We were on holiday when the statement happened. We came back and we played football. “The situation is what it is, but we came back, trained like normal and in the end, nothing really changed for us. We just play the games that we have and today we gave a ...
Man City to Sell Sterling, De Bruyne, Laporte, Strip of 2014 Premier League Title
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Man City to Sell Sterling, De Bruyne, Laporte, Strip of 2014 Premier League Title

Following the ban placed on Manchester City by UEFA, the club will now resolve to sell leading players such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte, according to DailyMail. This will happen if their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport fails. UEFA slammed City a two-year ban from the Champions League and other European competitions on Friday. Pep Guardiola’s side also faces the possibility of being stripped their 2014 Premier League title. This will happen if a separate Premier League investigation were to find that they had breached financial rules, which the club had already denied. City have insisted that they will be cleared of breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. The period under investigation would appear to be from 2012 to 2016,...
Marcus Rashford In Talks To Sign Lucrative Deal With Jay-z’s Roc Nation Sports
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Marcus Rashford In Talks To Sign Lucrative Deal With Jay-z’s Roc Nation Sports

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is in talks to sign a blockbuster multi-million pound deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports management company, joining an esteemed list of celebrity clients. The England striker is currently represented by his brothers Dane Rashford and Dwaine Maynard, but could be ready to sign a high-profile and lucrative deal with Roc Nation Sports. Rashford met Jay-Z after travelling to the United States for Superbowl LIV, and he and his guests were treated like VIPs and courted by the agency – which represents artists such as Shakira, Rihanna and Calvin Harris. According to ​The Mirror, Roc Nation Sports see Rashford as a prefect client, and already have deals in place with top footballers such as Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne. While meeting...
Sadio Mane Named in UEFA Champions League Team of the Year
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Sadio Mane Named in UEFA Champions League Team of the Year

Liverpool ace, Sadio Mane has been included in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Team of the Year. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post on their official website on Wednesday. Mane was included in the team after his impressive performance in 2019 for both club and country. The Senegalese forward made the list, alongside Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. 2019 UEFA Champions League Team of the Year: Alisson Becker Trent Alexander-Arnold Matthijs de Ligt Virgil va Dijk Andy Robertson Frenkie de Jong Kevin De Bruyne Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Robert Lewandowski Sadio Mane
De Bruyne Reveals Guardiola’s 15-minute plan that Destroyed Man Utd
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De Bruyne Reveals Guardiola’s 15-minute plan that Destroyed Man Utd

  f Manchester City playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, has said Pep Guardiola spent only 15 minutes preparing the false-nine tactics, that helped to blow Manchester United away in the first half of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie. City went 3-0 up in 38 minutes during the semi-final first leg at Old Trafford, thanks to Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an Andreas Pereira own goal. Marcus Rashford then pulled a goal back for United after half-time. Pep Guardiola often used a false nine, when he was in charge at Barcelona but has rarely done so at City. But despite their lack of experience with the tactic, De Bruyne told Sky Sports: “We did 15 minutes on it in the morning, that’s about it. “We didn’t train that but it’s not like we never did it before – we did it sometimes agains...
De Bruyne Showed Why He Is The Best Midfielder In The World With Belgium Masterclass
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De Bruyne Showed Why He Is The Best Midfielder In The World With Belgium Masterclass

After a stunning start to the Premier League season with Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne continued in the same way on the international stage last night as he ran the show as Belgium blitzed Scotland 4-0 at Hampden Park last night. The 28-year old delivered a hat-trick of assists inside just 23 minutes and then capped off a masterful playmaking display with a trademark curling finish into the far corner in the second half. The first set-up for a teammate was a blistering counter-attack nine minutes in that finished with De Bruyne laying on a perfect pass for Romelu Lukaku to open the scoring with his 30th goal in his last 32 games for the national team. 'KDB', captain for the game, then proved why he's the best crosser in the business with a pinpoint ping into the box for Thomas ...
Reus at the same level as Hazard & De Bruyne – Witsel
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Reus at the same level as Hazard & De Bruyne – Witsel

The German was voted Bundesliga player of the season for the third time in the summer and will be crucial to Dortmund's title attempt Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus is as good a player as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, according to his team-mate Alex Witsel. Reus, who recently turned 30, scored 24 goals for Dortmund last season - 21 of them in the Bundesliga - as they eventually finished agonising runners-up to rivals Bayern Munich. This summer has seen Hazard make a €100 million (£88.5m/$111m) move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, the joint-eighth most expensive transfer of all time.
De Bruyne: Rodri is the perfect Fernandinho replacement
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De Bruyne: Rodri is the perfect Fernandinho replacement

The Belgian forward believes his new teammate has all the attributes required to succeed the influential Brazilian at Etihad Stadium Kevin De Bruyne says summer signing Rodri is the perfect replacement for Fernandinho in the heart of Manchester City’s midfield. The Spain international became City’s club-record signing when he made a €70 million (£63m/$79m) move to Etihad Stadium from Atletico Madrid at the start of this month. The midfielder has been tipped to be a long-term successor for Fernandinho, who turned 34 in May and suffered from a number of injuries last season.
Lukaku desire and discipline delight Martinez but Belgium boss wants more from star striker
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Lukaku desire and discipline delight Martinez but Belgium boss wants more from star striker

The 26-year-old forward scored twice as the Rode Duivels beat Scotland 3-0 in Euro 2020 qualifying, earning praise from the coach Roberto Martinez paid tribute to Romelu Lukaku following his two-goal display in Belgium's 3-0 win over Scotland. Belgium continued their 100 per cent start to Euro 2020 qualifying with Tuesday's victory, keeping themselves top of Group I, three points ahead of Russia. Lukaku opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, sending a thumping header in from six yards, before doubling his tally after the interval tapping in a rebound after Kevin De Bruyne had an effort saved.
What De Bruyne Said about Hazard’s Move to Real Madrid
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What De Bruyne Said about Hazard’s Move to Real Madrid

Kevin De Bruyne has joked that his Belgium team-mate, Eden Hazard, is already in Madrid, with Chelsea set to confirm his departure. Real Madrid have finally agreed an initial €100million (£88.5m) fee for Hazard, while Chelsea could reportedly receive up to £130m once add-ons are included. Both clubs have not yet confirmed the transfer, but an announcement is imminent. And De Bruyne has suggested that Hazard will not be changing his mind, with a joke during an Instagram live video with Belgium’s national team. When asked by one fan on Hazard’s whereabouts, De Bruyne replied: “In Madrid, for sure.”
Manchester City have three players who would walk into any Premier League team in any era, says Giggs
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Manchester City have three players who would walk into any Premier League team in any era, says Giggs

The Wales boss thinks that Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are good enough to fit into any side in league history Ryan Giggs has hailed Manchester City as one of the greatest ever Premier League teams, and highlighted three of their key players in particular. Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are all good enough to play for any English side in the past three decades according to the former Manchester United player, who won 35 trophies in his decorated career. In an interview with the Premier League, Giggs gave an honourable mention to Kevin De Bruyne, too, as he heaped praise on the current Manchester City squad.
Man City Star Kevin De Bruyne Could Play Title Deciding Clash Against Brighton
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Man City Star Kevin De Bruyne Could Play Title Deciding Clash Against Brighton

Kevin De Bruyne could be fit for Manchester City’s title decider against Brighton on Sunday after three weeks out, says Pep Guardiola. Midfielder Fernandinho is out of the game, but could return for FA Cup final, after missing the victories over Burnley and Leicester due to a knee problem. De Bruyne injured his hamstring in the victory over Tottenham on April 20, but has trained twice this week ahead of the final day of Premier League fixtures. City will win the Premier League title by beating Brighton on Sunday, regardless of Liverpool’s result against Wolves. Asked if he would be following updates from Liverpool’s simultaneous match, Guardiola said: “Honestly it’s better to focus on what we do. “If we win we don’t have to look at anything else. Why should we be distracted...
I Only Spoke To Mourinho Twice As A Chelsea Player – De Bruyne
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I Only Spoke To Mourinho Twice As A Chelsea Player – De Bruyne

Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he only spoke to former manager Jose Mourinho twice during his time at Chelsea. De Bruyne, now at Manchester City, made only three Premier League appearances in two years at Chelsea, spending a season on loan at Werder Bremen. He left for Wolfsburg in January 2014 before moving to City in 2015. "There was so much in the press about my relationship with Jose Mourinho," De Bruyne, 27, told the Players' Tribune. "But the truth is that I only ever spoke to him twice. The plan was always for me to go on loan for a bit." De Bruyne scored 10 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen before returning to Stamford Bridge, when the then Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp - now in charge of City's title rivals Liverpool - wanted to ...
Man City Visit Crystal Palace for Valuable Points
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Man City Visit Crystal Palace for Valuable Points

Manchester City can move back above Liverpool in the title race with a win over Crystal Palace today. On paper, this is no contest. Crystal Palace have already lost eight home games this season, and scored only 13 times in 16 matches, and are now without both first-choice centre-halves. Palace have won just 41% of their Premier League points in home games this season (16/39), the lowest such ratio in the division Manchester City will spy it as an opportunity. Yet Roy Hodgson’s side were one of two clubs to stop City scoring in the league last season, missing a last minute penalty which might have won this fixture, and remain the only team to claim points from the Etihad Stadium this term. Crystal Palace are looking to complete the top-flight double over Manchester City for the...
Charlie Nicholas Predicts Scorelines of Man City vs Tottenham, Liverpool vs Porto
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Charlie Nicholas Predicts Scorelines of Man City vs Tottenham, Liverpool vs Porto

Former Arsenal player, Charlie Nicholas has tipped Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie. He also predicted Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to defeat FC Porto 2-0 in today’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash at Anfield. Nicholas told Sky Sports: “Man City are getting the job done. Tottenham have got the glamour of the new stadium and this should be a spectacular night. They are an attack-minded side. Do they have to win the football match? Probably not. “Man City have been resting and teasing teams at the moment, and there is an efficiency about them. Tottenham could get caught up in the drama of the new stadium, but nothing changes for Man City. The form of Kevin De Bruyne gives City an ed...
Guardiola Praises One Player After Man City’s 2-0 win Over Cardiff City
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Guardiola Praises One Player After Man City’s 2-0 win Over Cardiff City

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has heaped praises on 18-year-old England youngster, Phil Foden following his side’s Premier League 2-0 victory over Cardiff City on Wednesday night. Guardiola praised Foden for his “excellent” performance against the visitors. Foden went close to scoring on three occasions, with his closest effort striking the post. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane ensured Guardiola’s men defeated Neil Warnock’s side at Etihad. “We played really well. We started really well. A magnificent goal from Kevin de Bruyne,” Guardiola was quoted by Metro UK as saying after the match. “Unfortunately we missed a lot of chances, we need to score more goals. “Phil Foden played excellent. He did everything, arriving in the right positions with the ri...
Premier League: Manchester City Move To The Top After Defeating Cardiff
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Premier League: Manchester City Move To The Top After Defeating Cardiff

Manchester City moved back above Liverpool at the top of the Premier League after easing to victory against struggling Cardiff. An eighth successive league win for the defending champions was seldom in doubt and means they lead Jurgen Klopp's team by a point with six games remaining. Pep Guardiola's side, who are chasing an unprecedented quadruple, know they will finish top if they win their remaining matches but it is unlikely many of them will be as straightforward as this one. Kevin de Bruyne took just five minutes to open the scoring with his first league goal since 22 December, running on to Aymeric Laporte's pass and squeezing his shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Eden Hazard Named Belgium 2018 Sportsman Of The Year
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Eden Hazard Named Belgium 2018 Sportsman Of The Year

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been named Belgium's 2018 Sportsman Of The Year. Hazard captained his national team to a third place finish in Russia 2018 World Cup with a fine performance at the World Cup. Hazard also won the FA Cup with Chelsea back in May and has scored 19 goals so far in 2018. The last set of footballers to win the award, were Thibaut Courtois in 2014 and Kevin De Bruyne in 2015. Top 5 Vote Results: 1. Eden Hazard (736 points) 2. Koen Naert (717 points) 3. Bart Swings (325 points) 4. Thierry Neuville (291 points) 5. Thibaut Courtois (250 points)
Manchester City Qualify for Carabao Cup semi-Finals
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Manchester City Qualify for Carabao Cup semi-Finals

Champions, Manchester City have qualified for the the Carabao Cup semi finals, after they defeated Leicester City via penalties on Tuesday night. Pep Guardiola’s men took the lead in the first half, after Kevin De Bruyne was allowed space and time to shoot from outside the box. However, the hosts fought back and equalized after the break, with Marc Albrighton slamming home. There were no further goals and the tie had to be decided through spot kicks, where the Premier League champions came out on top. In the other quarter-final clash played on the night, Burton Albion saw off Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside. READ ALSO! Manchester City beat Everton to reclaim EPL top spot When is the Carabao Cup semi finals draw? The draw takes place on Wednesd...
Jesus Fires As Man City Snatch Top Spot From Liverpool
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Jesus Fires As Man City Snatch Top Spot From Liverpool

Pep Guardiola welcomed Gabriel Jesus’s return to form as the Brazilian struck twice in a 3-1 win over Everton as Manchester City leapfrogged Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League. Dominic Calvert-Lewin briefly gave Everton hope, but Raheem Sterling came off the bench to make the game safe with his first touch and move City two points ahead of Liverpool, who host Manchester United on Sunday. “Strikers need to score goals,” said Guardiola of Jesus’s man-of-the-match performance. “The difference today was that he scored as he was in better positions.” Guardiola could even afford the luxury of leaving Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero on the bench on their return from injury as the Catalan coach again shuffled his pack for the busy festive period. But fears in recent week...
Man. City vs Newcastle : Sane Hasn’t Let Me Down Insists Guardiola
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Man. City vs Newcastle : Sane Hasn’t Let Me Down Insists Guardiola

Man. City vs Newcastle : Pep Guardiola insists he remains happy with Leroy Sane’s attitude despite leaving the forward out of his Manchester City squad for Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle. Sane has endured a testing few months since winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award in April, having been left out of Germany’s World Cup squad and he has failed to make the starting line-up for any of City’s opening four Premier League games. It has been widely reported that Guardiola has been unhappy with Sane’s application in training, yet the City manager is unwilling to criticise the player in public. Instead, he suggested that Sane was omitted solely because he has so many other attacking options. Asked if he was happy with Sane’s attitude, Guardiola said simply: “Yeah....
Saudi Arabia Gives Mohamed Salah Piece Of Holy Land In Mecca For Playing So Well
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Saudi Arabia Gives Mohamed Salah Piece Of Holy Land In Mecca For Playing So Well

Mohamed Salah who continued his stunning form with a brace in Liverpool’s 5-2 victory over Roma on Tuesday, is in line to be rewarded with his own piece of land in the holy city of Mecca. The Egyptian player was named the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday and the Egyptian is set to receive another prestigious honour. The Liverpool forward beat out Kevin De Bruyne to win the award after a season in which he has contributed 31 goals and 10 assists in the top flight. Fahd Al-Rowky, the vice president of the local municipality in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, says he plans to give the land to the player as a congratulatory gesture for becoming the first Egyptian to win English football’s top individual prize. ‘There are several choices regarding giving this piece of land,’ he said via My Salaam...
Former Man Utd Assistant Claims ‘De Bruyne’s Everything Pogba Should Be!’
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Former Man Utd Assistant Claims ‘De Bruyne’s Everything Pogba Should Be!’

Kevin De Bruyne is everything that Paul Pogba should be and Jose Mourinho must resort to disciplining him if he wants to get the best out of the 25-year-old, says Steve McClaren. The France international initially left for Juventus after just one season at Old Trafford but, after returning four years later as the Red Devils' record signing, questions have been asked of his value throughout his second stint at the club. McClaren believes Pogba is no better now than when he departed and would have been better advised to spend more time working under Sir Alex Ferguson. The former United coach told Sky Sports when comparing Pogba’s impact to that made by other star turns who previously struggled in England: "[Kevin] De Bruyne looks like he has gone away to Germany for three or four ye...
De Bruyne: I Really Don’t Care About Mourinho Rejection
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De Bruyne: I Really Don’t Care About Mourinho Rejection

Kevin De Bruyne insists he does not give much thought to being rejected by Jose Mourinho and thinks his difficult time at Chelsea was a useful learning curve. The Belgium international was sold to Wolfsburg in January 2014, when Mourinho was Chelsea manager, after struggling to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge. De Bruyne has been a revelation since returning to the Premier League with Manchester City in 2015 and has been the driving force behind his side's charge towards the Premier League title this season. City will win the league if they beat Mourinho's Manchester United in the derby clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, but defeating his old boss adds little extra motivation for the 26-year-old. "I really don't care," said De Bruyne. "It's just part of footba...
Van Dijk Already Showing He’s The Boss At Liverpool, Says McManaman
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Van Dijk Already Showing He’s The Boss At Liverpool, Says McManaman

Steve McManaman has hailed Virgil van Dijk's perfect start to life at Liverpool after he made his debut against rivals Everton in the FA Cup third-round win Friday. Van Dijk put in an assured performance and got the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Anfield, scoring a header from a corner in the 84th minute. The Dutch international moved for £75 million at the very beginning of the transfer window and McManaman thinks that the centre-back is already leading Liverpool's defence. "He looked really composed — it was a hard game to play in because he has only just arrived," McManaman said in response to Goal's question. "It was a hard game to get involved with and the fact he scored the winner was great. "He looks dangerous from set pieces, he had a chance earlier than that. There’s no bett...
Liverpool Forward Mohamed Salah Named PFA Fans’ Player Of The Month
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Liverpool Forward Mohamed Salah Named PFA Fans’ Player Of The Month

Mohamed Salah has won the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for December. The 25-year-old saw off competition from former teammate Philipe Coutinho, Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Manchester City duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi to clinch the monthly award for the second consecutive time after he earned 50 percent of the public vote in the poll. The former Chelsea and Roma forward played a sterling role in front of goal as Jurgen Klopp’s men maintained an unbeaten run of seven games in the English top-flight during the busy festive period. Salah who played in all of the Reds’ league games last month notched five goals with three assists to his name. The Egypt international who has garnered 17 efforts in 21 league matches this campaign is yet to featur...
Mauricio Pochettino Ready To Help Dele Alli Get Back To Top Form
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Mauricio Pochettino Ready To Help Dele Alli Get Back To Top Form

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that he will look to help Dele Alli overcome issues with his form and temperament. Alli, 21, has struggled to find his best form with Spurs this season, scoring three goals and provided three assists in 17 Premier League appearances. On Saturday, Alli came in for criticism for a late challenge on Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, for which he was only shown a yellow card. Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho were also on the receiving end of poor tackles from the England international. Pochettino would not go into specifics about his players, but suggested he would sit down with the player to sort out any issues. “I am not going now to talk about individual players,” Pochettino was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph. “You...