Kevin De Bruyne
Can City beat 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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
What do you think?
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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