Man City star Kevin De Bruyne lifts lid on working with Pep Guardiola

Man City star Kevin De Bruyne lifts lid on working with Pep Guardiola

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed how Pep Guardiola blew his head off with information when they first teamed up together at Manchester City.

The Belgium star joined City in 2015 a year before Guardiola arrived from Bayern Munich and has helped the club to win two Premier League titles over the last five years.

Guardiola is widely revered as a master tactician after earning a reputation as one of the world's best managers during trophy-laden spells at Barcelona, Bayern and now City.

De Bruyne, who has lifted the lid on working with Guardiola by revealing it can be quite overwhelming initially, insists he now feels comfortable and more knowledgeable because of the Spaniard boss.

Speaking to Los Angeles Lakers star Alex Caruso during a live video chat hosted by Bleacher Report, De Bruyne said: 'He explains so much to some people when we have a meeting. In football, you have tactics, but it's not like the NFL.

'I think there's players when they come in and they have a few meetings and he explains so much in the beginning. Like football, you don't think so much; you just do it. You know a few things that you need to do but then in the beginning, people are just wondering, "Oh, my head is blown off".

'I think first of all is tactical. I think player relations, sometimes it's difficult because you have 25 players, and to have a personal relationship with everybody is difficult.

'On one hand, I think also because you're the boss there's always going to be a certain distance. Maybe in 10-15 years when I'm done, you're gonna have a different relationship.

'But for us, it's, it's impossible to have like a real close relationship with a coach because otherwise you're going to ask 24 other people who are saying, 'Oh yeah, you only play because, because of the coach,' and all that stuff, so that that's not possible.'

The 28-year-old also opened up on who is his favourite team-mate of all time.

'Somebody with the best fundamentals in the game, and has the things that you need, for me is David Silva. In every sport you can do the flashy things, but to do the basics so well is amazing.

'Even in training, he does everything so well, even in training you can't take the ball off of him, it's incredible to see because in England they say you need power and speed but you work with your brain and the rest comes. He's won everything as well, trophies here, titles in Spain. I think he's played 125 times for Spain with Xavi and Andreas Iniesta, if you're playing that much in that team, it says enough. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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