Pep: Why 'grumpy' De Bruyne is good for Man City

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims a 'grumpy' Kevin de Bruyne is good for the Premier League champions.

After a disappointing 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign, De Bruyne was back in the Citizens line-up on Thursday and inspired the team to a 3-2 win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.

De Bruyne has been open about the way he communicated with his Belgium teammates and his overall body language over the years.

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However, Guardiola says the Belgian midfielder is at his best when he is grumpy or upset, which only benefit the team.

“Today was outstanding. Kevin has been eight years here. He just needs sometimes to find the right fire inside of himself, you know, to be a little bit, I would say, I don’t know, grumpy or upset to play his best," Guardiola said, as per Goal. 

'He had to put the energy inside of him. When this happens, what a player. The runs, the fight, assists, score goals. He is a model player.

“I know it's not easy to find every three days this consistency but in the important games, like today was, it has something inside say: ‘I’m going to do it, I’m going to be contact, I’m going to fight.’ When this happens, it’s Mr Kevin De Bruyne. 

"What can I say? Eight years has done everything for this club. He is absolute legend. He will be remembered forever one of the greatest, greatest, greatest players of all-time for this club.”

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