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De Bruyne admits “I don’t think I’m going to be like last year”

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchestr City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Kevin de Bruyne was on absolute fire last season. Eight goals and 16 assists in Premier League play to help Manchester City storm to the title in record fashion, plus another two goals and seven assists in cup competitions to make him one of the most in-form players in Europe.

As much as he has tried to replicate that success, it hasn’t gone to plan this season.

With just two goals and and no assists in Premier League play across 16 appearances, injuries have put a damper on De Bruyne’s season, and he has been unable to recapture last season’s form after returning to the field. But don’t take our word for it.

“I don’t think I’m going to be like last year,” De Bruyne admitted. “I try to be at the best level possible but I’m just trying to help the team win some titles. Whatever happens, happens for me this year. I want to play at my best level but I won’t compare myself to last year when I played 70 games and was on such a roll.”

De Bruyne played just three Premier League games this season before returning from injury in mid-December, and while he’s appeared in all but three of Manchester City’s league games since that time, he has failed to stack the stat sheet like he did last season. The 27-year-old admits the injuries took a toll.

“I’ve had to fight back, mentally, and it’s been tough because you can be injured once or twice, but to be injured four times is hard work. I’m just happy to be back playing football,” De Bruyne said.

It’s not all doom and gloom for last year’s PFA Player of the Year runner up. De Bruyne scored in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday, a victory that sent them to the top of the league. With an in-form De Bruyne, Pep Guardiola’s squad would be tough to overcome down the stretch despite Liverpool sitting just a single point back.

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