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De Bruyne: This is the real Raheem!

MEDIA WATCH: KDB has penned a fascinating article for The Players' Tribune

MEDIA WATCH: KDB has penned a fascinating article for The Players' Tribune

Premier League title talk dominates this morning’s back pages - and City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has penned a fascinating article for The Players’ Tribune.

Let’s start with De Bruyne’s piece, in which he describes Raheem Sterling as "one of the nicest, most humble guys I’ve met in football."

"Truthfully, I don’t have many close friends — inside or outside of football. It takes me a really long time to open up to people. But over time, I got closer to Raheem, because our sons were born around the same time, so they would always play together. I really got to know Raheem, and I recognized what a smart and genuine person he is. He couldn’t be more different from what the tabloids were saying.

"This is the real truth: Raheem is one of the nicest, most humble guys I’ve met in football."

We implore all of you to read the article - Let Me Talk by Kevin De Bruyne - it's superb. 

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Sticking with De Bruyne, and the Manchester Evening News’ Simon Bajkowski believes he is coming back into top form at just the right time.

Bajkowski says the sight of the Belgian setting up a late Gabriel Jesus goal on Saturday at Crystal Palace is proof he is at the peak of his powers.

“After helping to dispossess Wilfried Zaha, he carried the ball from his own third to within 10 yards of the Palace box before playing the perfect pass for Gabriel Jesus to score the critical third goal," he writes.

“That cocktail of aggression, composure and quality can change games - as Dele Alli and Tottenham know only too well from the league fixture last season that saw a barnstorming goal from the Belgian.

“City will need players to single-handedly win games from the first to the last minute if they are to achieve their ridiculously high ambitions this season, starting with their Champions League quarter-final.

“With De Bruyne on the pitch, the improbable becomes a little more possible.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher believes the race for the Premier League title is “50-50”.

City are currently two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, however, the general consensus is Pep Guardiola’s side have a more difficult run in.

And Carragher, who had previously said he felt City were firm favourites, believes it’s now completely in the balance.

“I think after this international break City were big favourites for me,” he told Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

“They were in the box seat.

“I think Liverpool coming through Spurs, Southampton, Chelsea, even though City have a one-point lead and better goal difference, I think the league’s 50-50 now.

“I’ve always thought City were in front.

“Liverpool had to get over these three games and then the four left.

“Right now, I couldn’t split them.”

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And, finally, Carragher’s Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville has urged Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rotate his side when they host City on 24 April.

With United looking to secure a top-four berth and facing a difficult run of fixtures around the time of the derby, Neville believes it would make sense for Solksjaer to make significant changes when City arrive at Old Trafford.

“Sunday away to Everton is the most winnable of the games," Neville said on Monday Night Football.

“If they beat City but lose to Chelsea, they are still in and around the top four. If they lose to City but beat Chelsea, they are in the top four.

“So if they were to win against Everton on Sunday, the game to change players around a bit would be the City game.

“That's not them going into the city game thinking United can lose the game, they have to win.

“But with four games in 10 days you can't play the same eleven players.

“My view would be that if they beat Everton on Sunday then make two or three changes against City, while still trying to get the result.”

That’s all for this morning’s Media Watch – but stay with us throughout the day as we continue to bring you all the build-up ahead of tomorrow’s huge Champions League clash here at the Etihad.

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