Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jealous Kevin De Bruyne Snatches Match Ball from Record-Breaking Sergio Agüero

Jealous Kevin De Bruyne Snatches Match Ball from Record-Breaking Sergio Agüero

At 26, and with Ronaldo now 32 and Messi 30, De Bruyne has time on his side, but it would be more satisfying to beat them to the Ballon d'Or while they are still in their relative pomp.

Sergio Aguero struck four but deflected praise on to Kevin De Bruyne after Manchester City's 5-1 thrashing of Leicester. It's not one game.

The 29-year-old now has 21 league goals this season and became only the fourth player - with Kane, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer - to score more than 20 times in four successive Premier League campaigns. He knows and everyone knows to be there [in contention for the Ballon d'Or] you have to win titles, and titles and titles.

In terms of English players, Maguire has been one of the best in the Premier League this season. Of course. You have to be there in the latter stages. "At the end, if you get an individual honour, it is handsome".

He converted De Bruyne's cross in the 48th minute and collected another pass from him to fire through Kasper Schmeichel's attempted save. "Most teams look for security, want to avoid mistakes instead of acting".

"We arrive good but we have to know that the Champions League is another competition, completely different", Guardiola said.

"Champions League is how you control the bad moments and the emotions".

Yet it was Kevin De Bruyne who stole the show and bossed the game.

"Now we start in the Champions League, and the first target is to go to the next step forward and achieve the quarter-finals", he said. Against Basel we try to make two good games and do it better than last season. "What happens after is an extra", he told reporters.

The influential midfielder said: "To be fair, when I am busy playing football I don't care (about that)". I'm doing what I have to do. But I think we are very close to achieving important things.

Both Manchester clubs are reportedly tracking his progress, though United could have the upper hand after Man City's business with Ryad Mahrez, which saw the Algerian hand in a transfer request on Deadline Day in January before City pulled out of the deal, unsettling the player and the team. It is something you reflect on after you get something like that.

"It makes it easier for me, it makes it easier for them".

Ilkay Gundogan insists that improved efficiency in front of goal is the reason for Manchester City's incredible form this season.

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