Pep Guardiola thinks Kevin De Bruyne struggles in Manchester City’s system

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola suggests that Kevin De Bruyne sometimes struggles in Man City’s system when he wants more bodies in the box. Guardiola dropped De Bruyne this week against Tottenham and Julian Alvarez was chosen as his replacement. Though he started against Wolves on Sunday and provided a wonderful assist to Erling Haaland to open the scoring for City.

De Bruyne provided his 12th league assist against Wolves as he gets closer to his record of 20 in a single campaign.

De Bruyne could be dropped again due to tactical reasons, suggested Guardiola

After the game against Wolves, Guardiola suggested that De Bruyne could be dropped again due to tactical reasons.

He said:

“Seven years we know each other very well. I know when Kevin is ready and sometimes not. It’s normal,”

“There are many games. Sometimes we need another type of player in that position. Sometimes we need more players in the boxes and Kevin struggles a bit right there.”

Most of the time Guardiola has trusted De Bruyne as a big game player. Though, he was dropped during Spurs and later came as a substitute.

He continued:

“Kevin, always you expect him to assist the ball – but how many assists does he provide that were not converted, don’t count as an assist but really is. It was a good 75 minutes but keep going. Big competition in the squad. Some games need a specific player that Kevin for example struggles a little bit.”

The Belgium International is one of the most important players for Guardiola known for his wonderful passing, dribbling, and work rate. Sometimes it seems okay to drop him in the form of rotation or as the tactics demand.

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