Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised midfielder Kevin de Bruyne’s willingness to make sacrifices for the greater good.
The Belgium international created both Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero’s chances in the 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, taking his assist tally to 13 in the Premier League.
De Bruyne has also been asked to play in a number of different positions this season, and according to Guardiola he has never complained about the situation.
“You cannot do that if you are not a good guy, you cannot do that if you are not humble, you cannot do that if you think just of yourself and not the team,” Guardiola told the press, according to Four Four Two.
“I have spoken many times with him about his favourite position. He said: ‘It doesn’t matter, I want to play. I adapt.’
“With the quality of this player, how he runs, how he fights… of course he has played a lot of minutes and he was a little bit down recently in terms of missing a lot of easy balls, but that is because he has a lot of minutes in his legs.
“That’s where we have missed [Ilkay] Gundogan a lot and it is my mistake not to give more minutes to Fabian Delph, for example.
“Of course, he is an important player for us. In the last metres he is a guy who creates more. We cannot forget he made seven or eight posts. We had 18 posts this season, seven or eight from Kevin De Bruyne. We are a little bit unlucky.
“But he gives us a lot. He is a fantastic player.”