Pep Guardiola’s plan therefore worked beautifully. The master was bitten by the Catalan to play this little free agent on the bench. The goal: to remobilize it. Mission accomplished with this 12th assist in the Premier League and 17th in all competitions. This makes him the best passer in all five major European championships.
De Bruyne benched against Tottenham sends strong signal to Guardiola: ‘We lack passion, fire and desire to win’
|Players||Club – Country||helps||Matches|
|De Bruyne||Manchester City – England||12||19|
|Kolo Muani||Frankfurt – Germany||11||15|
|Kvaratskhelia||Naples – Italy||9||15|
However, it is not enough to satisfy Pep Guardiola. The former Barca boss assured that seeing KDB on the bench could happen again. Especially when you want to give a little more weight to the Citizens attack. “As in every season, this time we have many meetings”, Guardiola explained at the press conference. “Sometimes we need a different type of player in attacking positions. “We’ve had a lack of players in the box in some games and Kevin has struggled a bit there.”
It was Julian Alvarez who was chosen instead of the “Red Devil” against the Londoners. A very different profile. The Argentine thrives as a second striker and has turned around Haaland. A mission he performed brilliantly as he staged a comeback to reduce the deficit to 1-2 to eventually win 4-2. It also proves that City can win big games without KDB in the eleven and has another string to the manager’s bow.
Can Pep Guardiola really do without KDB?
If anyone knows how to handle Kevin de Bruyne, it’s Pep Guardiola. After the game with “Wolves”, the manager also said that “his passing was fantastic”. In short, there is nothing to worry about … even if you are not counting on your luck.
Proof with Ruben Diaz. Absolutely essential since his arrival in 2020, Akanji has seen him overtaken this season. A complete surprise. The Portuguese wore a bandage last year, while the Swiss landed at the bottom of the summer transfer window. It must be admitted that the former defender of “Benfica” is playing, but his status has weakened. So it’s only… the thirteenth game time of the workforce. This proves one thing: Pep Guardiola will not hesitate to make a choice if he thinks it’s best for his team. If tactics demand it, KDB will end up on the bench. “With Kevin, you always expect him to make assists.”Guardiola continued. “But how many offers don’t convert? He played well for 75 minutes against “Wolves”. But there is great competition in the team and we have to continue. Some matches require specific profiles and sometimes Kevin struggles a bit.
Guardiola wants to rotate his team
This is a true love story between Pep Guardiola and Kevin De Bruyne. “We have known each other very well for seven years. I know when Kevin is ready and sometimes not. It’s normal”he also told the Manchester Evening News.
Guardiola’s commitment to his player and his statistics are therefore cause for optimism. Last year, Pep Guardiola was very smart in handling the DB job. At the start of the season, the poor and physically unfit midfielder had only played two full games in the first sixteen days.
Catalonia has given him time to return. With the result that everyone knows: KDB was replaced as a false nine and was voted the best player in the Premier League. Between August and early December, he had 2 goals and 0 assists. In the next 20 games, he scored 13 goals and 8 assists.
John Stones praised the qualities of his team-mate after his new spawn against Wolves. “It doesn’t surprise me that he is the best passer in the league and in Europe.”, started the England national team. “But its quality and this achievement cannot be underestimated. No matter where the ball is on the pitch, it will create scoring opportunities. That is why he is a world class player. Because he never stops inventing something.”
Guardiola knows better than anyone that one season is too long. Therefore, he will need the Red Devil to achieve his goals. His mastery will therefore be crucial in trying to finally reclaim the Champions League. A trophy that has eluded him since the 2010/2011 season. Or eternity. Especially since there are eight points to go for impressive Premier League leaders Arsenal. A whole program in which KDB will play a central role. Whether he’s on the bench at times or not.