"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".
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.
"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.