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Pep Guardiola Gives Reasons Behind De Bruyne Benching

Pep: De Bruyne Benching Was Tactical

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that he dropped Kevin De Bruyne from the Manchester City starting line-up for Tuesday's loss to Tottenham for tactical reasons.

The Belgium international star Kevin "De Bruyne" only came off the bench in the 89th minute at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and was unable to inspire a late comeback as Manchester City fell to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Manchester City boss who's a 2 time UCL winner insists that his side played well, though, having explained he left out De Bruyne to make the core of his side more defensively sound.

He Said:-
"I decided to play with two holding midfielders in that position to be a bit more solid," he told a news conference. "I decided for the other ones. I know it is tough for him [De Bruyne]."

He said of the result: "Now we know what we have to do. I have the feeling the game was quite good. We controlled them and arrived with some quality situations.

"In the high competitions, at a high level, you have to live these situations. Now we have another option, another chance and that is the point."

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