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Kevin De Bruyne was not allowed off the bench at Manchester City: coach Pep Guardiola provides further clarification - Football News

Kevin De Bruyne was not allowed off the bench at Manchester City: coach Pep Guardiola provides further clarification – Football News

Manchester City beat Aston Villa 4-1 on Wednesday evening. Without Kevin De Bruyne, who remained on the bench throughout the match.

Kevin De Bruyne has not been at his best recently. The midfielder is said to be suffering from groin problems. This led to him missing an FA Cup match and then the Red Devils' friendlies in March.

Last weekend, in the derby match against Arsenal, the Belgian returned to Pep Guardiwa's squad. But the coach decided not to allow him to play against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola explains why Kevin De Bruyne is on the bench

On the sidelines, Kevin De Bruyne warmed up but did not enter the field in the end. This is perhaps a logical decision given the injury he has already suffered this season and Manchester City's busy schedule.

However, Pep Guardiola had to explain himself in his press conference about certain choices regarding his selection. “I think all the teams competing for the title have exceptional players,” Guardiola said. “They all have a great squad, and that includes us.”

“On Saturday, at 12:30, we have another match against Crystal Palace. Next week we will play against Real Madrid. We need new players and we played against Arsenal just a few days ago. We needed a break due to the busy schedule. The Spanish coach continued.

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