Champions League: Guardiola backs De Bruyne to break Messi-Ronaldo duopoly

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PEP GUARDIOLA believes Kevin De Bruyne must be in with a shout for the Ballon d'Or this year.

And what a game it was with five City goals - four from Sergio Aguero, one from Raheem Sterling and a hat-trick of assists from Kevin De Bruyne!

According to The Mirror, City boss Pep Guardiola remains interested in signing the £50m-rated defender despite recently acquiring Aymeric Laporte for £57m from Athletic Bilbao.

"I don't have words to express my gratitude as a manager", said Guardiola. Especially one. The way he plays, it's hard to find one [better] in Europe.

"He's one of the most talented players I've ever seen in my life and without the ball, he makes the kind of intensity we have".

"If he needs the rest, he needs it".

At the time of writing, Manchester United have (by our count, at least) 103 different scorers in the Premier League since it started back in 1992.

Shortly after De Bruyne produced another masterclass in the centre, teammate Benjamin Mendy reacted with an epic post on Twitter.

'I've said all season United will finish in the top four and finish second and I'm not going to change my mind now. Every game he creates chances and helps us defensively and the fact we are there and fighting for important things - in that situation you are not exhausted.

"In that situation, you are not exhausted".

If City win all of their next five games, defeat for United on derby day will more than likely mean their neighbours are crowned Premier League champions there and then.

The award, for the world's best player, has been shared between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the past decade.

"We are impressed with the fact he is young and came from Portugal to here". But to be admired, to be loved, to get credit for what we have done, you have to lift the titles.

"But he is always focused and you know, sooner or later, he can score". That is the most hard thing and he reads it well.

Indeed only Spurs (15) have scored more points in the Premier League than Swansea (14) since Carvalhal took over in December.

"He is young, he has to improve a lot of things".

"If you're the academy or reserve team manager at Manchester City, you must think: 'I'm wasting my time, '" added Neville.

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