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Kevin De Bruyne is second to Messi, says Pep Guardiola post Manchester City win over Bournemouth

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 September 2016, 13:39 IST

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, after a 4-0 win over Bournemouth, said that Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best players he has managed.

De Bruyne opened the scoring goal of the match with a 15 minute free-kick. Guardiola's men throughout the match maintained their perfect start to the game at the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola believes that the 25-year-old midfielder comes second to his list, after Lionel Messi.

"He is one of the best players I have worked with," the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said. "Messi is on his own in the table, but Kevin is in the next table and he is right up there."

Previously, Guardiola has managed high-profile stars like Arjen Robben, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

Praising De Bruyne, Goal quoted Guardiola as saying , "He [De Bruyne] understands the game, he's physically strong. [He is] aggressive without the ball but especially with the ball, it's clear he sees absolutely everything. And in front of goal he can make passes, score goals. We are so, so lucky we have Kevin with us."

First published: 18 September 2016, 13:39 IST
 
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