Cape Town - Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez described Kevin De Bruyne as
the special player in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side.
With City on an
18-game winning streak in the Premier League, Xavi explained that Guardiola
moulds his team into a holistic unit, but even the most cohesive team still
needs a star.
"Pep’s teams win
as teams, but even the most special sides need that player to look to when they
need something special," Xavi said in The Mirror.
"At Barcelona, we
had it with Messi and this team Manchester City have it with De Bruyne.
"Every time he
has the ball, you get the feeling that he is going to do something special with
"Not every game
you can win 3-0 or 4-0, especially in the Champions League and that is when you
need one moment of brilliance from a special player.
"David Silva is
playing the best football of his career. I can see just from watching him he is
learning off Pep.
"He is not a
young player anymore, but when you have a player of such intelligence and such
vision, it does not matter.
playing with The DNA of Barcelona, but that is no surprise. Pep has Barcelona
DNA and transmits that to Manchester City.
they are playing is mesmerising. They are the in-form team in Europe and as
good as their players are, Pep has to take credit for the football they are
playing and the form they are in."