De Bruyne was lining up a 25-yard free-kick in the second half when he turned to the Etihad dugout.According to Belgium football expert Kristof Ter
De Bruyne was lining up a 25-yard free-kick in the second half when he turned to the Etihad dugout.
According to Belgium football expert Kristof Terreur, De Bruyne stopped to ask whether the Chelsea players jumped in the wall – presumably with the intention of sliding it under them if they did.
Terreur tweeted: “Just before he kicked that free-kick Kevin De Bruyne asked someone at the bench if the Chelsea wall is usually jumping. The answer was ‘no’. #mcfc.”
De Bruyne stepped up and beat the wall with a curling effort but Kepa Arrizabalaga parried it away.
Record City goal-scorer Sergio Aguero smashed in his 11th Premier League hat-trick as they romped to a 6-0 win at the Etihad. Raheem Sterling scored two and Ilkay Gundogan got the other.
De Bruyne, who was subbed off midway through the second half, last week admitted that he is going to need more time before he is back to his best.
City’s Belgian midfielder is being monitored on a game-by-game basis after suffering serious injuries to both knees this season.
And he confesses that there are days when his body struggles to cope with the demands of the Premier League.
De Bruyne said: “I am doing well. I am happy to be fit. It’s been a long six months for me, but I’m happy that now I can play football.
“Sometimes I feel good, sometimes I feel a little bit worse or I need a day more to recover.
“But I try every day to be at the best level I can be, and sometimes people have to give me a little bit of slack after the amount of time I’ve been away.
“I always want to be better. But sometimes my body just says ‘no’ and I have to take that in my stride.
“I don’t feel anything in my knee now. But we play so many games, sometimes I feel better and sometimes a little bit less.
“You just feel that in the game and it’s normal. I didn’t have a pre-season and am trying to physically get to the level of last year.
“I always play the same style. I am not going to do something differently to show I’m there.
“I think people know who I am as a player and what I can do for the team – and that’s not going to change after an injury or two.”