There was something different from Manchester City in the match against Chelsea last weekend. Kevin De Bruyne, who usually plays as a playmaker, has now been deployed as a striker.
This new position is due to Guardiola’s two mainstay strikers, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero being unable to appear. Gabriel Jesus has been confirmed positive for the Corona Virus, while Sergio Aguero has just recovered from a long injury.
Of course for De Bruyne, playing as a striker is a completely new experience in his career. However, this did not necessarily spoil the appearance of the Belgian winger.
He even continued to impress with one goal and one assist in Citizen’s 3-1 win over host Chelsea.
In fact, fielding De Bruyne as a central striker was a pretty bold decision from coach Pep Guardiola. Interestingly, De Bruyne himself had a hard time at the start of the match, and he even felt strange about his new position.
“It was a little strange at the start of the game [playing in the striker position]. I’ve done this a few times in my playing career and obviously we have a lot of strikers who are not out,”
“And the coach asked me to play the role, so I tried to give my best and do my best.” De Bruyne told Sky Sports.
Furthermore, the former Chelsea player admitted that in the first 10 minutes of the match, Manchester City were still trying to find the right rhythm. But after that, his team really dominated.
“I think after the first 10 minutes we found our rhythm – the start was a little bit less and I played a different role today, but afterwards we played very well,”
“We maximized our chances at the right moment and defensively we performed solidly for 90 minutes. Unfortunately we conceded in the last minute,” he said.
Meanwhile, the other two goals each were created by Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden, while the hosts Chelsea were only able to reply through one Callum Hudson-Odoi goal in second half injury time. City managed to win with a score of 3-1.