Pep Guardiola was full of praise for our Belgian maestro following his star showing in our 3-0 win over Arsenal and that’s been echoed on the sports pages, which are full of superlatives for City’s No.17.
Writes Jamie Redknapp: “There are two midfielders who stand out to me in world football right now and they are Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona.
“These two are different class. Their brains are so in tune with modern football.
“The intelligence of their runs, the timing of their tackles, the way they read the game and know what is about to happen as if they have a crystal ball tucked in their socks!
Writes Barney Ronay: “What a player!
“There were two games going on here, intersecting like an overdub: the one between Arsenal and Manchester City; and the other one where De Bruyne had the ball, at which point everything else just seemed to melt away.
“This is a player so good he makes the game look silly or soft at times; and around whom the next five months will surely revolve if City are to transform their own enduring midfield brilliance into trophies.”
“He was the difference, certainly early on. You're talking about him being one of the best in the business. He's the best in the world, in terms of that position, as an offensive midfield player.
“He's a cut above anyone in that position in the Premier League and the world.”