#4 Kevin de Bruyne
The Belgian maestro Kevin De Bruyne started with a new holding midfielder alongside him, which meant that he had to be restrained and careful on the field. However, with Rodri excelling in his role, De Bruyne gradually came into his normal adventurous self and helped City stay a step ahead of Liverpool in the first half.
A big feature of the City attack was the Belgian’s late runs from the deep, which fooled his markers and regularly opened up the opposition. His final balls were also accurate, however, City were not decisive enough in front of goal.
De Bruyne continued to pick up pockets of spaces in the final third whenever City were in possession. When the Premier League Champions lost the ball, De Bruyne dropped down and helped City stay compact at the back. However, the Belgian was not a 100% fit, and it was evident when he picked up an injury and had to be replaced in the later stages of the game.Published 05 Aug 2019, 01:07 IST