Guardiola hails de Bruyne as the 'complete player'

Sheri Evans
Сентября 12, 2017

The forward was dismissed at the Etihad for a rash challenge which saw his boot connect with the face of goalkeeper Ederson.

"I will try to ignore the result - not the mistakes but the result".

Speaking to BBC 606, the reds fans said: "Without Mane we're no good, and the transfer window was no good". Pascal Groß scored twice and set up the third goal by Tomer Hemed, while James Morrison nabbed one back for the visitors. We had our chances in the first half and we were maximum 60%. "Mo (Salah) was three or four times on the touchline in the 18-yard box, or even in the six-yard box, and no one was on the front post", he said, referring to moments when the Egyptian winger got behind the City defence but failed to deliver the final ball or a decisive finish. And if then Nicolas Otamendi had seen the second yellow he likely deserved when he clattered cleats and knees and ankles into Sadio Mané's chest, City would have been the ones down to ten men.

"Red card has spoilt this game - but that's not Jon Moss fault - his position was fantastic to see the challenge and show red card", he added later. It was a hard lesson today.

"It had a big influence on the game".

Mane was immediately given his marching orders, with Ederson stretchered off following extensive treatment on the pitch.

De Bruyne, in comments published by the British press on Monday, said: "The guys who have come in have a very physical quality, they are very strong, very pacy".

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"We had one of these days where everything so obviously goes against us".

"You can defend not perfectly and still win 5-0".

With the midfielder fit to make two 30 minute appearances over the worldwide break for Brazil, he was clearly ready to play even if he probably wasn't ready to go 90 minutes. However, after a major revamp with hassle-free spending, his boys now look hungrier than ever.

Philippe Coutinho's return to consideration would of course be one option, having filled the left-sided role last term, while new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would also hope to be considered. "That changed the game and we know it".

"You can talk about the rest".

"Phil is a fantastic player, and hopefully we can use him as quickly as possible".

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