Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lavished praise on Kevin De Bruyne in the wake of their 4-0 Champions League drubbing of Feyenoord, proclaiming the Belgian ace as one of the finest players he has encountered during his footballing career.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola toasted a blistering start to his team's Champions League campaign after they ruthlessly despatched Feyenoord in Rotterdam.
The result means City are already looking strong in Group F ahead of successive home games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli.
Though Guardiola and his coaching staff also noticed a slight dip while he adjusted to his new orders, particularly the amount of running he was asked to do, they were convinced he was the flawless player to carry out their positional play ideals.
"We spoke about that", Guardiola said.
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Guardiola, who had plenty of success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, took the reins last summer and led City to a third-place finish in the league while his side crashed out of the Champions League in the round of 16. Of course, Feyenoord will play at home, given the long absence of participation in the Champions League, you can expect a full house and full support of native fans.
"John played well and while he scored two great goals, he did very well defensively, winning duels and doing what he had to do. That's why if you want to make a step forward you have to do this".
Irrespective of his area of operation on the pitch, de Bruyne finds a way to exert his influence over the game and this is precisely what El Ahmadi must stop him from doing if Feyenoord stand a chance.
It is the first time Feyenoord, who won the Dutch Eredivisie last season, have taken part in the Champions League competition in 15 years.
But he believes his players need to gain belief and experience by playing at the top level in Europe and for their national team.
"Personally it's a pleasure to play alongside these players", Bernardo said afterwards.
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