Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Kevin De Bruyne Reveals How He & Mohamed Salah Recovered From Chelsea Nightmare

Kevin De Bruyne Reveals How He & Mohamed Salah Recovered From Chelsea Nightmare

Former Manchester City and Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given believes Kevin De Bruyne deserves to be crowned Player of the Year award ahead of Mohamed Salah.

De Bruyne is arguably enjoying the finest season of his career so far having excelled under the tutelage of City boss Guardiola.

The return leg takes place at the Etihad on Tuesday and, by then, City could have secured the Premier League title with six games to spare if they beat local rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

De Bruyne could well have voted for global compatriot Romelu Lukaku up top but we'll just have to wait and see with that, while the Belgian midfielder understandably opted for Liverpool talisman Mo Salah as his Player of the Year.

De Bruyne has said that they aren't comparable as players, but admitted that Salah's record speaks for itself. "If you have confidence in yourself that you can do well, as long as you're physically and mentally right to do it, you can make it either way".

With City harbouring similar aspirations to the since-dethroned Londoners, Guardiola needs his most influential player to avoid the mistakes of their predecessors and not taking their position for granted. We've both found somebody who suits us more than it was before'. In both our cases that's true. "I think nobody expected it, but he hit the ground running". "It's just part of football - it goes up and down".

"Obviously it's not nice if you see windows breaking, that's not a good thing, but I think if supporters do that (line streets in support) without being violent then I think it's OK". The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona. In the 10 years I've been playing, nine-and-a-half years have been up and half a year has been a bit down. "It was 50-50 at the time, we lost a few balls and they scored quickly", De Bruyne recalled of the game in January.

But Salah's total of 37 goals in 42 appearances this season threatens to deprive De Bruyne of individual honours to go with City's trophy haul. With the statistics how are we going to compare ourselves?

He added: "We came here to play a football game". But who am I to say something?

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