A very good win, performances and the return of the king, Kevin De Bruyne! The win sees City win its last three after the Club World Cup and could be the continuation of a streak.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“He played really good minutes, and we thought it was better in the second-half when there was more space because they defended really, really deep and the spaces were so hard to find,” said Pep.
“But in the second half there were more spaces and we played with good intention, and it was really, really good.
“Now, as I said in the previous press conferences, Kevin needs to accumulate training sessions, training sessions and more training sessions – even more than games.
“Now with Newcastle (next weekend) we have another chance, then we have two weeks to have good training sessions here and in Abu Dhabi, so we are ready for the second part of the season.
I am incredibly happy to have him back because Kevin helps you to win games.
“Kevin, Haaland, Phil… these guys win games - that’s why they’re so important for us.
“I’m pretty sure that in the last game Kevin felt how the people love him and how our people are in love with him, and that mutual respect will be forever.”
“Kevin is not going to solve the problems that we have, and we are not going to have victories unless we are all together,” he said.
“Kevin will help us with his talent and can help us in the things we are getting better at - he can handle the pressure, we know that, but I don’t want to put pressure on Kevin’s shoulders because it’s not fair on him.
“He has a special quality that is difficult to find, and we have known each other a long time - we have players like Erling, Phil, Bobb, Doku and Matheus who love to run in behind and have players find them with passes and Kevin is exceptional at this.
“In the first half he was a bit shy because it was so difficult to find spaces and we didn’t find it,” Guardiola pointed out.
“But we made some adjustments after half-time and he is a guy who receives the ball as a striker in the pockets and his first turn - he is quite similar to Phil (Foden).
“He is an incredible threat - he was lucky for the goal but her has to be there and after he had two or three shots blocked.
“It’s another 90 minutes and always he has played - in pre-season, in the Red Star game and as a substitute - at a high, high level.
“It’s another player from the Academy coming here and it’s good.”
Kevin De Bruyne is back on the pitch for Manchester City for the first time since August pic.twitter.com/D1GLzJzFeb— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 7, 2024
An assist 17 minutes into his return.— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 7, 2024
KDB is back. pic.twitter.com/vI9AVYgBy3
Jeremy Doku has now hit the griddy in each of the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.— Amos Murphy (@AmosMurphy_) January 7, 2024
The real treble ✅