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Guardiola praises 'special' De Bruyne

Guardiola (right) congratulates the subbed De Bruyne on a job well done. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola described Kevin De Bruyne as being "on another level" after the playmaker put in another superb performance as Manchester City maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth.

De Bruyne was the standout player in a brilliant team display by City at the Etihad Stadium, where goals from him, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured a fifth straight Premier League win and eighth from eight games in all competitions this term.

And City boss Guardiola said: "I think he is a special, outstanding player.

"He makes everything. Without the ball he is the first fighter, and with the ball he is clear - he sees absolutely everything.

"Every time he makes the right decision. That is why he is a player on another level.

"We are lucky to have him and I hope he can enjoy playing his amazing football with us."


Guardiola 'needs' Kompany to fight for Man City place

Vincent Kompany. Credit: PA

Captain Vincent Kompany should not expect an automatic role in the Man City side when he returns from injury, manager Pep Guardiola has warned.

But the City boss also says neither John Stones nor Nicolas Otamendi, who have impressed in the Belgian's absence in central defence this season, will retain their positions by default.

Kompany will soon be back in contention after being sidelined due to a thigh injury in last season's Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid.

His imminent availability points to a selection headache for Guardiola, but the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach insists that is more of an issue for the players than him.

Speaking at a press conference, Guardiola said: "For me, when he's ready, how difficult (will it be)? Absolutely nothing.

"They have to compete with each other and we'll see on the pitch what is the best for that game. That is the best way to arrive in April or May with a chance to fight to win the titles.

"We need the players competing with each other. They have to know if they don't play good that there's another one beside me and the next time he is going to play.

"That's the only way to arrive at the end of the season, fighting. I need Vincent because I know his quality. I need him to put pressure on John Stones, Nico Otamendi, (Aleksandar) Kolarov - all of them."


Bravo sets social media alight with Old Trafford gaffe

Bravo's fumble gifted United a goal shortly before half-time. Credit: PA

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo's debut gaffe was the most-tweeted about moment of the season so far, generating 33,000 posts per minute.

The campaign may only be in its infancy but Saturday's derby had social media alight with activity as Pep Guardiola's men triumphed 2-1 at Manchester United.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring and then hit the post, from which Kelechi Iheanacho tapped home from close range - a moment that led to 24,500 tweets per minute.

However, that paled into insignificance compared to Bravo flapping at Wayne Rooney's free-kick, allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to thunder home.

That moment led to 33,000 posts per minute - the most tweeted moment of the season so far, 8,000 higher than the second-most spoken about incident.

In all, the Manchester derby was posted about 1.7million times on Twitter, with Paul Pogba, somewhat surprisingly, the most-mentioned individual.

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