Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blue Might Not Play, Kev!

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blue Might Not Play, Kev!

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KEVIN de Bruyne is no longer guaranteed a place in City's starting XI - and could miss out against Chelsea tomorrow, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

The Belgian has been the heart of the Blues in recent campaigns and last season missed just one league game. This season he has suffered with injuries, but is no longer guaranteed a place in the team due to tactical decisions.

When asked if it was possible that De Bruyne may not play in tomorrow's clash against Chelsea at the Etihad, Guardiola replied: "Maybe yeah. It's quite possible.

"At the end we judge the players for who they are, but they are there to perform. There are times when team-mates are in better condition. In football what you have done in the past, you have to do in future."

The City manager also explained his decision to start De Bruyne on the bench for the win against Everton in midweek. …

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