De Bruyne was the subject of a nasty tackle from Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon on Sunday, and the Belgian was reported to be a doubt for the game on Tuesday, however, despite being in pain, the ex-Chelsea man started against the Hornets and put on a man of the match display.
Kevin De Bruyne is at least on his feet, albeit walking slowly and aided by two of city's medical team pic.twitter.com/LzIEIIO7Bx— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) December 31, 2017
Speaking after the game, Guardiola was full of praise for the attitude that his star man showed, and claimed that the Belgian insisted on playing despite his injury,
"Kevin showed great character," Guardiola said.
"He said 'I want to play, I want to play' even though he has problems with his ankle.
And your Man of the Match against Watford with 56% of the votes is...Kevin De Bruyne! pic.twitter.com/kx8B0VTljI— City Watch (@City_Watch) January 2, 2018
"It was excellent, brilliant.
22 games in, 0 losses— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 2, 2018
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"We faced this team really well. Three more points, simple as that.
"We created lots of chances to score five or six, but it wasn't to be. The aim is to be better than the opponent in every game and we did it."
Up next for City is Burnley in the FA Cup, and with key games coming thick and fast Guardiola is expected to rest some of his key players for the fixture.