Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne could challenge for Ballon d'Or

Gary Neville

Gary Neville

He has been in sensational form this season, playing behind Gonzalo Higuain in a 4-2-3-1 system under Massimiliano Allegri, registering 17 goals and three assists in all competitions this season. It's really tight. One point between United and Liverpool now.

Kevin De Bruyne had said he was exhausted during the 1-1 draw with Burnley and Guardiola says he hopes to give him more time off if he can get some players back from injuries.

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has claimed that Kevin De Bruyne can break the duopoly held by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"He's a phenomenal striker". We scored six goals last season in the last 16 and were out. "It was always going to be a matter of time before he overtook my goal tally".

Shortly after De Bruyne produced another masterclass in the centre, teammate Benjamin Mendy reacted with an epic post on Twitter.

The forward completed his hat-trick with a delicate chip before driving in a fourth.

"We have to take whatever we can get - I didn't know United had lost before the game, but we know we're not far away, and we play against them at least one more time this season".

Aguero demolished Leicester in the second half at Eastlands on Saturday as the Premier League leaders moved another step closer to the title.


It's a competition Arsenal is absent from this season and is struggling to seal a return.

Arsenal, however, did have late chances to equalise with substitute Alexandre Lacazette - who replaced the ineffective Henrikh Mkhitaryan - twice going close in the closing minutes.

"I think it's a joke, I absolutely think it's a joke" he said.

Spurs' Harry Kane also caught Raheem Sterling and challenges on Ilkay Gundogan by Claudio Yacob of West Brom and Newcastle's Jacob Murphy caused concern. "We are so proud that he is in our side".

Everton climbed to ninth and the only negative was Luka Milivojevic's late consolation for Palace from the penalty spot.

Seriously though, the Belgian has been key in Manchester City's title run in recent months and his performance against Leicester City just typified how effective he has been in midfield.

In the tussle to stay in the Premier League, Swansea's revival under Carlos Carvalhal continued with a 1-0 victory over Burnley taking the south Wales club out of the relegation zone.

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