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Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his goal against PSG.

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

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Can City beat PSG?

De Bruyne scoring against PSG.Manchester City got a 2-2 draw against Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in the French capital. City started the match as underdogs against the French Champions with PSG already having knocked out Chelsea from the Premier League. The home team started well and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could have scored twice, but he put a shot over the crossbar when one-on-one with Joe Hart, and he had a penalty superbly saved by the City keeper in the 15th minute. City took full advantage and scored with their first shot on target. It was a quick counter attack, Fernandinho won the ball in the middle of the pitch, passed the ball to De Bruyne and the Belgian controlled and finished well. However, City's lead only lasted a few minutes, because Fernando made a bad mistake to let Ibrahimovic equalise. In the second half, PSG started really well and took the lead from a corner in the 59th minute - Rabiot with a header at the back post. It looked like PSG would score again, but in the 72nd minute Fernandinho equalised for City and in the final minutes City were on top. The second leg is in Manchester on the 12th of April.

"A very close game right to the end. The quarter-final continues to be open but this is a good result for us. Manuel Pelligrini, Manchester City manager.

Does De Bruyne make the difference?

De Bruyne scoring against Bournemouth.Kevin De Bruyne returned to the Manchester City first-team last weekend after an injury that had kept him out of action since January. He injured his knee after scoring a goal in the League Cup semi-final against Everton. While De Bruyne was recovering from injury, City's Premier League form was poor. They are unlikely to win the title this season and they are now fighting for fourth place with West Ham and their city rivals, Manchester United. De Bruyne has provided more Premier League assists (9) than any other City player this season and only Sergio Aguero has scored more goals than the Belgian. On his return to the first-team, De Bruyne scored one and helped control City's attacking play in a 4-0 away win against Bournemouth - one of City's best results of the season. Now, with another goal to help City keep their Champions League adventure alive, De Bruyne is showing how important he is to this City team.

"Sometimes one player can change a team. De Bruyne was important before his injury and thankfully he returned the same way. Manuel Pelligrini, Manchester City manager.

Who is Kevin De Bruyne?

De Bruyne and Aguero work well together.Kevin De Bruyne was born in June 1991, in Drongen, a small town in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. He speaks Dutch, French and English fluenty! His mother was born in Burundi and spent her childhood growing up in London, so De Bruyne could have played international football for England or Burundi, but he chose Belgium and considers himself to be 100% Belgian. De Bruyne has over 30 caps for Belgium and played in the 2014 World Cup, he is a key member of the Belgian team for this summer's European Championships in France. De Bruyne started his professional career with Genk and won the Belgian League and Cup. In 2012, De Bruyne signed for Chelsea but was sent on loan to Werder Bremen in Germany and only made 3 appearances for the London club. He made a permanent move to Germany in 2014 when he went to Wolfsburg for £18 million. In June 2015, De Bruyne was named Footballer of the Year in Germany. In August 2015, he became Manchester City's record signing and the second most expensive signing in British transfer history, when City paid a reported £55 million for him.

"I had talks with PSG, but finally decided to join Manchester City, I saw them as a better option. I am very happy to have made that decision". Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City.

Who will Pep Guardiola keep next season?

Pep Guardiola will be the City manager next season.Manchester City have announced that next season their manager will be the current Bayern Munich and ex-Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola. Guardiola is one of the most successful managers in modern-day football, he won 14 major trophies as Barcelona manager and has won 5 with Bayern Munich. Guardiola is sure to change the style of City's play and the club have been linked with players from all over Europe. Could we see some players from Barcelona or Bayern Munich arriving at City? What about Paul Pogba from Juventus? Will Yaya Toure still be at the club next season? Will Guardiola build a team around Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero?  Whatever happens, this summer will be a summer of change at City!

"Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC Head Coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards."  Manchester City, club statement.

 

Kevin De Bruyne in action for Belgium against Gareth Bale's Wales.

Did you know......?

  • No Man City player has been involved in more goals this season in all competitions than Kevin de Bruyne (26, level with Sergio Aguero).
  • He has his own clothing label called 'KDB'. Part of the profits go to charities for people with disabilities. 
  • In 2014/15, De Bruyne made more assists than any other player in the top 5 European Leagues.
  • His football hero as a child was Liverpool's Michael Owen.
  • As a child he often spent holidays in London.
De Bruyne up against Paul Pogba of Juventus.

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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne has returned to the team after injury and already made a big difference.

Can City beat PSG in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final? Who will win the Champions League this season?

Pep Guardiola is the new Manchester City manager. Will he be a success? Which players will he keep? Which new players will he sign?

Which is more important: the players or the manager?

 

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nikosonris
07/04/2016
UA
2453
points

I bet on Man City! Now with KDB back in starting XI they have pretty good chances to qualify for the semifinals.


nikosonris
07/04/2016 13:37
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I bet on Man City! Now with KDB back in starting XI they have pretty good chances to qualify for the semifinals.

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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016
RW
2320
points

For sure city will continue to next stage


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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016 16:10
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

For sure city will continue to next stage

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kwesimanifest
07/04/2016
GH
3734
points

i think city can beat psg to advance to the next stage of the competition. i fancy Bayern Munich winning the champions league this season.
i think pep will succeed at man city with the players at his disposal. am very sure kevin de bruyne, silva and aguero will be maintained by pep.
both players and a coach are important.


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kwesimanifest
07/04/2016 16:03
Ghana
Manchester United
3734

i think city can beat psg to advance to the next stage of the competition. i fancy Bayern Munich winning the champions league this season.
i think pep will succeed at man city with the players at his disposal. am very sure kevin de bruyne, silva and aguero will be maintained by pep.
both players and a coach are important.

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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016
RW
2320
points

I don't see city being underdog against PSG.


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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016 16:20
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

I don't see city being underdog against PSG.

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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016
RW
2320
points

Yaya will not play in Manchester city next season


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MUGEMANYI
07/04/2016 16:24
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Yaya will not play in Manchester city next season

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HakanUslu1881
08/04/2016
TR
1750
points

He will absolutely make differences we will see whether he will be successful at City or not.


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HakanUslu1881
08/04/2016 00:57
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

He will absolutely make differences we will see whether he will be successful at City or not.

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HakanUslu1881
08/04/2016
TR
1750
points

He will keep Silva,Kevin De Bruyne etc.


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HakanUslu1881
08/04/2016 00:58
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

He will keep Silva,Kevin De Bruyne etc.

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HakanUslu1881
08/04/2016
TR
1750
points

Both of them are important.


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HakanUslu1881
08/04/2016 00:58
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

Both of them are important.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

I do not think that Man City will qualify to the semi-final,PSG can still win and reach the semi final as they have professional players.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:28
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I do not think that Man City will qualify to the semi-final,PSG can still win and reach the semi final as they have professional players.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

I think Atletico Madrid is going to win the Champions League this season,they have the best players in defending in Europe and that is the same with Juventus, they must win at least 1-0 to reach the semi final.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:30
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think Atletico Madrid is going to win the Champions League this season,they have the best players in defending in Europe and that is the same with Juventus, they must win at least 1-0 to reach the semi final.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

I do not think he will be success with Man City, he plays in a way that the team has the possession on the ball and keep passing all the match, and that will make it boring.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:33
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I do not think he will be success with Man City, he plays in a way that the team has the possession on the ball and keep passing all the match, and that will make it boring.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

I think that Tore will leave the team this season because he did not have good relationships with him when they were at Barcelona.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:35
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think that Tore will leave the team this season because he did not have good relationships with him when they were at Barcelona.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

Mostly, I think that it is the manager,and if you want to know look at Leicester City last year with Nigel Person,and this year with Claudio Rannieri. There is a big difference.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:37
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Mostly, I think that it is the manager,and if you want to know look at Leicester City last year with Nigel Person,and this year with Claudio Rannieri. There is a big difference.

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aragorn1986
08/04/2016
ME
6882
points

Of course City can advance to the semi final but it will be very difficult to eliminate PSG even after a draw in Paris.


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aragorn1986
08/04/2016 19:53
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Of course City can advance to the semi final but it will be very difficult to eliminate PSG even after a draw in Paris.

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aragorn1986
08/04/2016
ME
6882
points

Many teams are still in the race for the big trophy but I believe PSG can do it this season.


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aragorn1986
08/04/2016 19:55
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Many teams are still in the race for the big trophy but I believe PSG can do it this season.

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aragorn1986
08/04/2016
ME
6882
points

Pep is certainly one of the greatest managers of all time. Still, it is unpredictable which players he might bring to City. Maybe some player from Bayern? Manager is playing an important role in creating a winning team but he's not the only one who takes responsability for results. I think that it is possible to make good results with average team but it is almost impossible to do it with a bad team. It means that quality players are the basic thing to create a good team. Manager is there to help them with experience and tactics. With motivation and charizma too. So, it is important but not crucial thing. On my opinion, the players are more important. Mourinho is perfect example. He led Chelsea this season but had to leave. He knew the players well, he won the title with the same team. He had to take his responsability though he did not made any big mistake. It's just the lack of luck, that's all..


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aragorn1986
08/04/2016 20:06
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Pep is certainly one of the greatest managers of all time. Still, it is unpredictable which players he might bring to City. Maybe some player from Bayern? Manager is playing an important role in creating a winning team but he's not the only one who takes responsability for results. I think that it is possible to make good results with average team but it is almost impossible to do it with a bad team. It means that quality players are the basic thing to create a good team. Manager is there to help them with experience and tactics. With motivation and charizma too. So, it is important but not crucial thing. On my opinion, the players are more important. Mourinho is perfect example. He led Chelsea this season but had to leave. He knew the players well, he won the title with the same team. He had to take his responsability though he did not made any big mistake. It's just the lack of luck, that's all..

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elghoul
10/04/2016
DZ
1409
points

I think PSG will qualify to the semi finals and Bayern will win the trophy this season.
Gardiola will succeed for sure but I have no idea about players but that KDB will stay with CITY.
The Staff management is more important than the players. With the owner or the association it will choose the players.


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elghoul
10/04/2016 11:50
Algeria
Arsenal
1409

I think PSG will qualify to the semi finals and Bayern will win the trophy this season.
Gardiola will succeed for sure but I have no idea about players but that KDB will stay with CITY.
The Staff management is more important than the players. With the owner or the association it will choose the players.

SalvaGH
10/04/2016
ES
841
points

Although Pep Guardiola is going to change quite a few things when he arrives at Manchester, I think Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero will be two of the most used player by him, because they both are two of the best players in the world as they are able to change the outcome of a match at any minute.


SalvaGH
10/04/2016 21:31
Spain
Manchester City
841

Although Pep Guardiola is going to change quite a few things when he arrives at Manchester, I think Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero will be two of the most used player by him, because they both are two of the best players in the world as they are able to change the outcome of a match at any minute.

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