De Bruyne not bothered by Guardiola’s tinkering

Manchester City have faced criticism this season in some quarters for their failure to stick to a system.

In fact, manager Pep Guardiola has employed eight different systems in 26 games this season.

City were flying high at the start of the campaign as they won their first 10 fixtures on the trot, but they have since hit a few stumbling blocks.

Earlier this month in the Premier League, the North-West outfit were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea on home turf and were stunned by Leicester City, who earned a 4-2 triumph last weekend.

City conceded three goals in 20 minutes and questions were raised once again about the team’s defence.

For De Bruyne, he has no problem moving around the pitch having played deep, out wide and as a false nine under Guardiola’s leadership. In an interview with Sky Sports, the Belgian said:

“I am used to playing in six different positions in my career so that’s not an issue for me. I have always changed positions and I don’t expect any different. It’s all the same to me. It’s all about the way you interpret it.

“We look at tactics in meetings. It just depends how the trainer sees that game. Obviously it’s changed a little, but I’ve always been the offensive player in the midfield zone. I think I’ve shown over the last five or six years that I can create chances and do well there.”

No matter where he plays, De Bruyne is performing well in Guardiola’s setup having produced eight assists in the top flight, which is the most in the division so far.

The 25-year-old has also created 44 chances in the campaign to date and completed 36 successful crosses.

 


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