Pep Guardiola has hailed Kevin de Bruyne’s “fantastic performance” in Manchester City’s 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Guardiola continued his excellent start to life as City boss with his fifth win out of a possible five in the Premier League this season.
A super free-kick from Kevin de Bruyne and a swift counter-attack finished off by Kelechi Iheanacho had City 2-0 up at half-time against the Cherries.
Raheem Sterling added to the scoring shortly after half-time with a tap-in before Ilkay Gundogan made it 4-0 with his first goal for the Citizens.
Guardiola was in no doubt that De Bruyne was the standout player in the win that keeps them top of the league.
“Our high pressing was not perfect today, we had problems with controlling the Bournemouth build-up, but we created a lot of counter attacks,” said the Spaniard.
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“We are so lucky that we have Kevin de Bruyne with us. It was a fantastic performance.”
Nolito took the shine off the impressive victory by getting sent off for aiming a head-butt towards Bournemouth defender Adam Smith.
“The referee took a decision and we have to accept that,” Guardiola added.
Iheanacho also saved his praise for Belgium international De Bruyne and declared himself “happy” with their fifth win of the Premier League season.
“Kevin de Bruyne is a brilliant player. He is very intelligent. He has good qualities. We are happy to have him in our team,” Iheanacho said.
“We are happy when we win a game, but we need to focus on wining the next game. When I go out before the game, I have confidence that we are going to win.”