Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep Hails 'Exceptional' De Bruyne Impact from Bench

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep Hails 'Exceptional' De Bruyne Impact from Bench

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PEP Guardiola hailed Kevin De Bruyne for his 'incredible' nine minutes in the vital win at Everton.

The City midfielder was a surprise presence on the substitutes' bench as the Blues boss opted for Ilkay Gundogan and David Silva as his attacking midfield pair at Goodison Park.

But he was sent on in the closing stages, when the home side were pushing hard for an equaliser and helped to close the game down - and then stroked a pass through for Gabriel Jesus to score the killer second goal.

De Bruyne would not have been left out of a game of this magnitude last season, when he was asked to play game after game.

But the fact he has suffered injury problems, and the trust Guardiola now has in Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, meant there was no need to flog the Belgium ace. …

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