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    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims midfield superstar Kevin De Bruyne plays the type of passes other footballers are simply incapable of.

    The Belgium midfielder produced a dominant display to inspire City to a comfortable 3-0 away win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

    De Bruyne scored two fine goals either side of an assist for Raheem Sterling, leaving defending champions City 14 points behind leaders Liverpool.

    The two-goal star played in a more advanced role and, while lauding his passing, Guardiola acknowledged the benefits of De Bruyne being shorn of defensive responsibility.

    "Kevin made an incredible two goals and an assist," Guardiola said in his post-match news conference.

    "He is an extraordinary player so we don't discourage his quality. He sees passes and action that normal humans can't see, having a special vision and assists.

    "Always we speak to him, 'You have to score more goals', and today he scored two incredible goals and got an assist for Raheem Sterling.

    "Kevin can play in different positions, but, of course, when they can think more in attack and less in defence, it is much better."

    Guardiola was satisfied with the performance of Phil Foden, who made his first Premier League start of the season against Arsenal.

    City frequently looked to hit the hapless Gunners on the break, though, which Guardiola suggested did not suit the 19-year-old's game.

    "Phil always plays good," the manager said. "He doesn't always touch the ball but he played well defensively.

    "We make the actions for the counter-attack but not as much ball possession, so that's why he did not touch the ball too much.

    "Always when he has the ball, he does another extraordinary thing. He is a great player.

    "He did what he should do and helped us to win the game, especially in the first half. He’s so clever with his passes and so on."

  • Lyon fear Depay is out for the season with knee injury Lyon fear Depay is out for the season with knee injury

    Memphis Depay is expected to be out for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury, says Lyon sporting director Juninho.

    Depay was substituted at half-time during Sunday's Ligue 1 defeat at home to Rennes, having initially been hurt in a tussle with Hamari Traore.

    The forward sustained a suspected anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee that could rule him out of action for several months.

    Depay now faces a battle to return in time to feature for Netherlands at Euro 2020.

    "We expect Memphis' injury to be quite serious," Juninho told OL TV.

    "We expect it to keep him out for the rest of the season. He's our captain and I'm sad for him."

    Depay's injury came after they had also lost Jeff Reine-Adelaide to a suspected meniscus problem, with reports suggesting he could be out for around four months.

    The former Manchester United man has scored nine goals and assisted a further two in 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season, as well as netting five times in five Champions League games.

    Rennes moved up to fourth in the Ligue 1 table thanks to a 1-0 win earned by a late goal scored by 17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga, with Lyon sitting eighth after 18 games.

    Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said: "I'm not happy with the results or the performances. The evening is made worse by the fact that we lost Reine-Adelaide and Depay to injury."

  • De Bruyne vows Manchester City will 'keep fighting' for Premier League title De Bruyne vows Manchester City will 'keep fighting' for Premier League title

    Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne vowed the champions will "keep fighting" for the Premier League title despite the huge gap to leaders Liverpool even after crushing Arsenal.

    The Belgium international scored two goals and provided an assist in City's clinical 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

    City are 14 points adrift of table-topping Liverpool and four behind second-placed Leicester City, who they face next weekend.

    But while manager Pep Guardiola has acknowledged a third straight City championship is "not realistic", De Bruyne was encouraged by the response to last week's Manchester derby defeat.

    "We keep fighting," De Bruyne told Sky Sports. "I think every time you lose a game, the only reaction you can show is to win the next one. 

    "Every time we lose points, we come back with a good reaction. We know we have not been at our best this year, but there are still a lot of games to play for us."

    De Bruyne fell short in his bid for a stunning hat-trick, seeing one effort saved spectacularly by Bernd Leno, but he was content with his work.

    He said of the goals: "For the first, the ball came with the bounce and I tried to keep composed, not lean backward, and keep it as low as possible, and, fortunately, it went low enough and under the bar.

    "I think the second goal and the shot [that was saved] after were similar, but the goalkeeper doesn't see the ball [for the goal] and it gives him less reaction time.

    "It would have been nice to get a third, but to score two goals and win after the struggles we have had is good. It's good to come back with a win."

    Alongside De Bruyne, teenager Phil Foden made a long-awaited first Premier League start of the season.

    He acknowledged the merits of featuring in the same midfield as the two-goal star, adding: "When you have a guy like this, anything can happen. It's a pleasure to play with him. 

    "I can't be in a better position than I am to learn from him."

    Guardiola added: "Kevin made incredible goals and assists. The first and third goals - both were fantastic.

    "The reaction was always there to losing the derby. We played much better than this in the past and lost or drew, and here we win. That is football."

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