Authorization

De Bruyne dismisses Guardiola's claims he started the season 'tired'

[img]https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/480/cpsprodpb/BE73/production/_104855784_gettyimages-1073599654.jpg" srcset="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/240/cpsprodpb/BE73/production/_104855784_gettyimages-1073599654.jpg 240w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/320/cpsprodpb/BE73/production/_104855784_gettyimages-1073599654.jpg 320w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/480/cpsprodpb/BE73/production/_104855784_gettyimages-1073599654.jpg 480w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/624/cpsprodpb/BE73/production/_104855784_gettyimages-1073599654.jpg 624w, https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/800/cpsprodpb/BE73/production/_104855784_gettyimages-1073599654.jpg 800w" sizes="(min-width: 900px) 50vw, (min-width: 600px) 70vw, 100vw" alt="Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne" class="">
Kevin de Bruyne (right) returned for Manchester City against Everton on SaturdayManchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne insists he "wasn't exhausted" at the end of last season, despite concerns from manager Pep Guardiola.The Belgian, 27, has started only twice for the Premier League champions this season after suffering two significant knee injuries.Guardiola said last week that the player had started the season "tired" following the World Cup in Russia.
But De Bruyne says he "felt OK" to return after the summer.Guardiola felt De Bruyne making 52 appearances in 12 months in all competitions for City and then playing a central role in Belgium's third-place finish at the World Cup, had taken its toll."Kevin finished last season exhausted," the Spaniard said. "It was so tough for him and when he came back I had the feeling he was a little bit tired."But De Bruyne responded ahead of City's EFL Cup fixture against Leicester on Tuesday."I wasn't exhausted," he said. "I had a rest of about three weeks after 12 months of playing. Is that short[/img]
De Bruyne's second knee injury occurred during the EFL Cup tie against Fulham on 1 November, just after his return from a separate problem."There is always a time in someone's career where you feel a bit less but I felt all right. It was just a shame that when I came back after one week I was then out for two and a half months.""I was happy to come back and worked really hard but after three games it happened again."
See also:
Leave a comment
News
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content
«    Сентябрь 2020    »
ПнВтСрЧтПтСбВс
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930