"He proves it every week" - Kevin De Bruyne orders fans to take note of one Manchester City star's wide-ranging abilities
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Kevin De Bruyne believes supporters should take more note of the wide-ranging abilities of one Manchester City star's capabilities, following his performance against Leicester City this weekend.
The Premier League champions continued to put the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the English top-flight this weekend.
Mikel Arteta's side were temporarily in second-place this weekend, but returned to the top via a 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
While Manchester City were dominant in their own outing 24 hours prior, the performance of one player prevented the game from being what some would consider a calamity.
That player is Ederson, and Kevin De Bruyne was keen to praise the all-round nature of the Brazil international's performance.
Speaking to broadcasters after the game, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne suggested that the club's goalkeeper Ederson should be spoken about more away from just his abilities on the ball.
The Belgian midfielder said, "Ederson has been great."
He continued, "Sometimes we only talk about his distribution.
"But he's a great keeper and he proves it every week."
De Bruyne went on to discuss the match-winning moment he provided himself, midway through the second-half.
The club's vice-captain struck a long-distance free-kick into the top corner of Danny Ward's goal, in a strike that would ultimately hand Manchester City all three points in a 0-1 victory for the reigning champions.
Kevin De Bruyne explained, "The free-kick goes in perfectly, luckily it's 1-0.
"When you shoot like that there is a lot of risk and you try to hit it clean as possible.
"You don't have much time to see it but you hope it's clean. Then it is nice when it goes in. You know you've hit it well and know when it goes over the wall it has a chance."
The match itself was less than straight forward, and while that was largely down to the system imposed by the hosts on Saturday afternoon, Kevin De Bruyne believed City were somewhat at fault for the close nature of the contest.
"We made it difficult for ourselves, we were a bit tired. Their changes made it a different game. We didn't keep the ball in their half but we still could have scored a second," De Bruyne said via ManCity.com.
He continued, "It is just about trying to win our games before the World Cup and then we've had a really good start to the season.
"After the World Cup there is a long way to go, we don't know what happens, but we try to win game by game and stay at the top of the league."
Manchester City return to action in midweek, as Sevilla travel to the North-West of England for the final Champions League Group Stage game of the season.
City have already secured their place in the last-16 of the competition, as well as top spot in Group G, making matchday six largely irrelevant for Pep Guardiola and his players.