That form has helped Manchester City close the gap on league leaders Liverpool and throw the title race wide open. Guardiola highlighted the significance of his star forward, pointing to an impressive record of 40 goals from 59 games against top six sides.
“The big players need to appear in the big games, in the big moments, and he has done it. Hopefully, he can continue to do it,” Guardiola told the Daily Mirror.
“In the big games, we need the important players. No Sarri is important, no Pep, no Jurgen or any manager. This game belongs to the players and the important games belong to the special players.
“That goal against Liverpool
“Sometimes some players hide in the scary moments. The other ones step forward and say, ‘I’m the boss, I’m here and I’m going to win the game’ - Big clubs need these kinds of players. It's simple."
The Belgian playmaker has been struggling with injuries this season and has struggled to impact the first team when fit. When asked about De Bruyne’s possible inclusion for the crunch clash, Guardiola added:
“Everyone knows it’s possible to play or not possible - we judge the players for who they are, but they are there to perform. There are times when team-mates are in better condition.
I want him