Pep Guardiola has hailed the impact of Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City.
“We need him. Kevin is one of the biggest stars in the world right now and runs without the ball like he is a player from the Conference,” he said, acknowledging the 29-year-old’s seeming inability to play without the throttle down
“He is an outstanding player, I know how important he is for us.
“Sometimes, for example, like in the game against Arsenal, he did not travel. I prefer to have him fit and focused in the Premier League.
“The other competitions are important but right now we don’t want to be far, far away from the top of the league.
“We are going to find our rhythm and we are going to be close to the top of the league, hopefully in the last eight or 10 games of the league, being there to fight against the teams above us.”
Pep also had words of praise for Sergio Aguero.
“We missed two goals from four or five yards to the goal line. It always happens, we have to improve this. We know it,” Guardiola added, having introduced City’s all-time leading scorer Aguero for a substitute cameo against Newcastle.
“The very good news is the 15 or 20 minutes Sergio played we saw him sharp, dynamic and good. This is incredible news for is. We need him. Absolutely.”