Kevin De Bruyne can win the Ballon d'Or, says Pep Guardiola

"I have always dreamed of big things and one of them being the Champions League" said Aymeric Laporte

The next story featuring the Belgian highlighted that De Bruyne has the most assists in Europe since 2012 - topping Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The signs are promising - De Bruyne's three assists in Saturday's 5-1 drubbing of Leicester means he has created 77 goals since he burst on to the scene five years ago.

Aguero scored four second half goals to take his season's tally to 21, while De Bruyne pulled the strings at the heart of City's attacking orchestra, adding three assists in another flawless performance.

No doubt. It's not just one game.

"But he knows and everyone knows, to be there you have to win titles - and titles and titles, especially one".

In terms of English players, Maguire has been one of the best in the Premier League this season.

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"At the end, if you get an individual honor, it is lovely", he said.

De Bruyne's compatriot, Mousa Dembele, slots in alongside him in the centre of midfield.


Paris Saint-Germain are looking just as much a threat as the Citizens too, and have every chance of causing an upset with Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé on song.

"We arrive good but we have to know that the Champions League is another competition, completely different", Guardiola said.

Champions-elect Manchester City looked strangely out of sorts during the first 45 minutes of their Premier League clash with the Foxes.

"Now we start in the Champions League, and the first target is to go to the next step forward and achieve the quarter-finals", he said.

With all that in mind, I think that Manchester City will win this game and that they will win with some ease.

De Bruyne has the consistency and work rate to go with his enormous creative talents which have seen him make more assists than Lionel Messi in the last six seasons.

Manchester United's tepid 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday left City 16 points to the good at the summit, with a third top-flight title in seven seasons now appearing to be a formality. "What happens after is an extra". I'm doing what I have to do. I'm very pleased with the way everything is going for me. It is something you reflect on after you get something like that.

"It is not easy because they had five guys at the back, four in front - there are nearly no spaces".

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