Kevin De Bruyne has acknowledged that Manchester City’s performance against Borussia Dortmund was far from their best.
On Wednesday, Manchester City overcame a deficit to upset Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League.
The Blues hadn’t played in a competitive match in more than a week.
Following the passing of the Queen, the Premier League decided to postpone Saturday’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur as a gesture of respect.
City defeated Dortmund by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday night to maintain their unbeaten record and put themselves in a good position to advance to the next round of the Champions League.
However, the Blues’ performance was far from stellar as they were outplayed and outplayed by the tenacious Bundesliga team.
Following a slow start from Pep Guardiola’s team, Dortmund took the lead through a header from Reus’ cross-come-shot.
City had played poorly up until that point, but after a stroke of genius, the Blues were level.
Without any other options, John Stones unleashed a strong effort that sped past Alexander Meyer. From that point forward, Pep Guardiola’s team was in control.
With six minutes left, the winner would be announced. Erling Haaland, who was at the back stick when Joao Cancelo found him, leapt high to turn the ball in.
Despite the significance of the victory, De Bruyne wasn’t entirely satisfied with his performance.
“I didn’t think the game was very good. Particularly in the first half, our rhythm wasn’t strong enough,” the Belgian stated.
“After we gave up the goal, the second half was much better. I believe we were able to defeat them, increase the pressure on them, and generate opportunities.
Even though we won, I believe we must acknowledge that the opening hour of play wasn’t particularly strong for either team. It’s also significant that we managed to prevail.”
De Bruyne, however, was inspired by Haaland’s goal and was the most recent to laud the striker.
“No, I’m not shocked by his good form. He possesses excellent qualities, and the team is excellent enough to give him opportunities.
I don’t know why anyone believed it would be tough because we have played with fantastic strikers like Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Sergio Aguero in the past, and they have all scored goals.
He has terrific jumping ability; he is enormous; and he helped us win. It was an extraordinary combination of Joao’s and Erling’s actions.
He’s always in the ideal spot. The cross, in my opinion, is of the finest caliber, and Erling’s leap is sound. It was his victory.”