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Kevin De Bruyne Nominated for Award Following Champions League Exploits

Belgian has had a masterful couple of weeks.

Real Madrid v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been nominated for the UCL Player of the Week award. The Belgian was instrumental to Manchester City’s victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League. He starred for City in the game, helping the team secure a vital 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 28-year-old set up Gabriel Jesus for the equaliser after Real Madrid had taken the lead, before grabbing the winner late in the game from the penalty spot.

The City starman was nominated alongside Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry, who scored twice as the German side defeated Chelsea 3-0, Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets and Houssem Aouar who helped Lyon beat Juventus 1-0.

But De Bruyne has been singled out for praise by Roberto Matinez, his manager at international level who also doubles as a UEFA technical observer.

”He was at the centre of every attacking threat for City. His clever positioning on the ball allowed City to create numerical advantages all over the pitch. He also displayed outstanding decisions on the ball and scored from the penalty spot,” Matinez said after the game.

After being pegged back by injuries in the last two campaigns, De Bruyne is set to drive Man City forward in the competition this term.