Manchester City star faces uphill battle to enter XI


Kevin De Bruyne has already established himself as a Manchester City legend since joining the Etihad in 2015. The elegant midfielder is known for his vision, creativity and dribbling skills with which he dismantles his opponents every day.

That said, the 30-year-old has his work cut out for him after testing negative for the virus with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan hitting the golden form at the right time for the Cityzens. The former, in particular, has been in scintillating form scoring the ball three times in the last five matches and playing a central role in the Cityzens’ victories over Aston Villa (1-2) and Watford (1-3) on the road.

The Belgian will face a tough task to get back into Guardiola’s starting XI, however, as Rodri has been in his own element since the start of this season and Silva’s formidable rise in midfield is not helping his cause either. . The last place in midfield thanks to the 4-3-3 formation of Pep Guardiola will be decided between Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne.

The “complete man” of football, as many call him, has arguably been the most influential member of the Skyblues setup with a staggering 32 goal contributions under his name since the start of the 2020/21 season. He has always been Pep Guardiola’s man of choice as the midfielder was in 100% form.

The grueling winter schedule, especially with Cityzens playing seven matches in December, could mean Guardiola’s rotation policy will fall into place. Having topped the charts for the first time this season, Pep is said to be keen to strengthen City’s chances of defending their title, particularly after Chelsea’s loss to West Ham United, where he said “There is absolutely no room for convenience “.

Based on current form Gundogan can get the green light past Kevin, but how long can the City boss keep a person of De Bruyne’s caliber on the sidelines?

Will KDB come out on top in probably the biggest challenge he will have to face under the colors of Manchester City?

Let us know.

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