What Guardiola said about De Bruyne after Palace win
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed Kevin De Bruyne Passing prowess after the midfielder helped his side to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.
Guardiola believes the Belgian midfielder can see passes other humans cannot this despite benching him for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Tottenham, which City lost 1-0.
The midfielder made his case to start Wednesday's return against Spurs at the Etihad Stadium with a masterful performance, helping to offset the loss of Fernandinho to injury.
"In the last three or four games De Bruyne was incredible and we missed him a lot when he was out injured," Guardiola said at post-match news conference, referring to the two medial knee ligament injuries that decimated the first half of De Bruyne's season.
"He has the ability and the vision to see passes the rest of us human beings can't see.
"With him around, our passes in front - especially in the final third - are incredible and today he was so committed to defensive work, winning duels and being in that position.
"And of course, he is fresh mentally - and in the legs - in those situations. That's why he made not just the two assists that are so important, but all the other situations where we needed him."
De Bruyne sent Raheem Sterling clear for the opening goal at Selhurst Park then Gabriel Jesus finished off at his pass late on to seal City's ninth straight league win.