"I'll try do the job whenever I'm asked to" - De Bruyne says amid criticism from Guardiola

for Tv47 Digital March 14, 2023, 09:27 AM
Kevin De Bruyne and Pep Guardiola. PHOTO/COURTESY

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne now says that he will give his all in whatever role is required of him by manager Pep Guardiola and the club's coaching staff.

The Belgian has been pivotal to the club’s domestic success under Guardiola – winning the Player of the Season award four times and being named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season on two occasions.

But now 31 and in his eighth season at the Etihad Stadium, De Bruyne has been often criticised by Guardiola for not doing the “simple things”.

“It’s been a difficult season for all of us, me included, due to the World Cup and many things. I’m not going to discover [how good] Kevin [is]. What I’d like – I spoke many times to him – is to go to the easy principles and do it well. He has an incredible ability to make an assist, to score goals and see passes like no one else.

"But I always have the belief that they will increase and get better when the simple things [are done]: like don’t lose the ball, the mobility, the incredible capacity to be active in the movement. When the simple things are done perfectly, we are in the right moment [to] move outside, inside, and when we have to attack the channels or whatever you do or feel in that moment, the actions to create incredible passes that he – only he – can find, it will be easier, it will be better," Guardiola said.

De Bruyne's words

“I’m not going to be fully the same,” he said.

“When I was 17/18 I played more holding then with the national team I played five years in holding midfield because we played with a five. I was one of two with Axel [Witsel].

“People say when you get older you get lower but I’ve been the opposite. I’ve been low, I’ve been up, left and right.

“I feel like I change positions less now because it’s the coach’s decision. Whatever will come I will try do the job. I will never be Fernandinho, I can’t be. We’re not the same person, he’s an unbelievable number six. I just do what I do.”

De Bruyne has found himself coming off the bench in three of City’s past seven Premier League games.

In October, Guardiola also criticised him. “He is not playing at his top level. His dynamic [movements] are not perfect. He knows, I spoke to him.”

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