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Guardiola delighted with 'unique' De Bruyne's return



Josep Guardiola hailed Kevin De Bruyne as a “unique” talent after the Belgian playmaker's return to action for Manchester City's FA Cup win over Huddersfield.

In a completely one-sided encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, the Belgium international came on as a substitute in the 57th minute and scored as Holder won 5-0 against second-tier strugglers Huddersfield. Ta.

It was De Bruyne's first senior appearance since tearing his hamstring in City's Premier League opener against Burnley in August.

When the 32-year-old was replaced by Julian Alvarez, cries of “Oh, Kevin De Bruyne” echoed around the ground, with City already leading 2-0 with goals from Phil Foden and Alvarez. did.

Guardiola's side extended their lead through a Ben Jackson own goal and a shot from Foden, before De Bruyne's deft lofted pass found Jeremy Doku.

“He played really well,” said De Bruyne's City manager Guardiola.

“I thought it would have been better to play the second half rather than the tense opening half of the game…It was really good and like I said before, now we need to build on the training sessions rather than the matches.” Not ready for 90 minutes. ”

The Spaniard added: “Kevin helps us win games and there are very few players (like him) in the world.” As for football, they can play well, but Kevin, (Erling) Haaland, Phil (Foden), Julian (Alvarez), they win games.

“That's why it's so important to have him back. Kevin is special, unique. He was out for a long time due to surgery. In his first minutes, Jeremy (Doc)'s goal. The quality of the assist, it was great to have him back.”

De Bruyne's world-class quality will boost City's hopes of retaining the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup they won in the 2022-23 'treble' season. There are also several other senior players returning, with Guardiola hoping the team can return to full strength soon.

“What I want is for everyone to arrive in the second half of the season fit,” he said. “I want Erling, Kevin, Jeremy and John (Stones) back. If they come back, we'll have a team that can play in various competitions until the end.”

Source: guardian.ng

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