KEEPS HIS PLACE – I have had much debate about this. Apparently De Bruyne doesn’t play well in the heat because he’s ginger. He didn’t have a particularly great game on Sunday. Misplaced passing and sloppiness.
Whilst it could be down to lack of fitness, it could well have been down to the heat down in London. With temperatures to soar on Saturday in Manchester, will Pep protect the pale ginger bloke and leave him on the bench?
I doubt it. Even on an off day De Bruyne has the talent to produce a perfectly weighted pass to create goal scoring opportunities.
I don’t want to talk about his stats because it would be blasphemy. But he got himself an assist so let us focus on that.
KEEPS HIS PLACE – Gundogan made the starting XI on Sunday, captaining Manchester City to their first Premier League win of the season. A silky Ilkay turn and through ball to Haaland that led to the penalty.
It would be harsh to leave him on the bench for Manchester City’s first home game of the season after his most recent display. 62 passes, 3 accurate long balls, 4 recoveries and a chance created.
However, with Bernardo rested he might opt to start the little Portuguese for a bit of magic on the field. Or will Pep be as fed up with the Bernardo rumours as the rest of us and keep him out of the spotlight?