Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says that he’s been given a different role under new manager Pep Guardiola.
The 25-year-old Belgian international was a standout performer for City last season after joining the team in the summer. He ended the season with seven goals and nine assists in 25 league appearances. City has started the season in positive fashion, picking up three straight wins to top the table.
Under Guardiola, the creative midfielder has been given a different role that puts more emphasis on him being part of the build up play.
“It has been a good three weeks for us,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports. “The way we try to play is very positive and it’s really enjoyable for the players to play in this kind of system, where you play nice football. It helps also when you win.
“My position is totally different from last year. It’s not too defensive, but I know I will be more of a creator but have to help my team-mates up front more to get them the ball. They will do more of the finishing this year but I really enjoy it so far.
“Everything needs time, we have the same with Belgium. It takes time in training for Pep to get what he wants tactically, but it’s really nice and you see the spaces opening up, then you know why you’re doing it.
“We want to try and dominate the game but in England you will never do that for a full 90 minutes. We try to do that. It’s very positive the way we play. People see a lot of differences, and we are doing really well at the moment.
“[Pep] is concerned about everything, every detail and you have to be on the edge as a player. If the manager asks for something on or off the pitch, you just need to adjust to what he wants.”
City takes on rivals United in the Manchester derby on Saturday at Old Trafford. City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero, who is serving a three-game ban after elbowing Winston Reid in the game against West Ham United.