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Kevin De Bruyne relishes competition for places at Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne is happy that Manchester City is nearing full strength as they enter the crucial phase of the season.

Erling Haaland returned to action after a nearly two-month absence, contributing to City’s 3-1 victory against Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday. With De Bruyne making his first start since August and John Stones also playing after a minor injury, City is in a strong position as they face increasing pressure.

Defender Manuel Akanji remains the only player unavailable as City, trailing five points behind the top spot with a game in hand, competes with Liverpool and Arsenal for the title and prepares for the resumption of the Champions League.

“I think it’s really good,” said De Bruyne.

“I think if Manu comes back – and I think it’ll be soon – it’s going to be the first time in the year everybody’s fit, so that can only help us because I think the schedule is getting a little bit harder and harder in the next weeks.

“To have everybody available can only help the team being competitive. Even if you change (the team), there’s big stars sitting on the bench and you can rotate.”

Following a challenging period in November, Manchester City is gaining momentum with eight consecutive wins and 10 victories in their last 11 games across all competitions. While this success could be concerning for their competitors, Kevin De Bruyne emphasizes that City will not take anything for granted.

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The Belgian said: “I just think there is that feeling that whenever we lose a game, we’re falling too far behind. And it’s the same in the cup competitions – if you lose, you’re out.

“So I think we’re in a good moment, people are coming back, but we don’t get complacent.”

Manchester City, set to face Brentford on Monday, dominated Burnley, leaving the struggling opposition seven points from safety. The victory was virtually secured as Alvarez, taking advantage of defensive lapses, scored twice within six minutes midway through the first half. The Argentine World Cup winner has performed exceptionally well this season in the absence of De Bruyne and Haaland.

De Bruyne said: “He’s been really good. I think he’s played a lot in the midfield this year and that’s not really his position, but he did a great job because obviously we had a lot of injuries.

“He’s been banging in goals, giving assists, so he’s probably happy. He’s doing really good.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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