A rejuvenated and refreshed Kevin De Bruyne says he is getting better and better, game by game, as City gear up for the decisive last third of the season.

Our talismanic Belgian midfielder has returned to action after a near five-month injury lay-off in quite majestic fashion.

A goal and two assists in Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League last 16 first leg win at FC Copenhagen was just the latest demonstration of his world class ability with De Bruyne deservedly taking another man of the match award.

For his part, KDB believes there is even more to come as he continues to sharpen and hone his match fitness.

And he says, in retrospect, the enforced injury lay-off that ruled him out between mid August and January of this year has only made him sharper and fresher in both body and mind.

“I’m getting to where I need to be,” De Bruyne asserted.

“I feel good and I’m happy to be back in the Champions League.

“I still need to get a bit of the rhythm - game by game - but the club, the manager, the medical department and I are managing it really good.

“I feel I’m getting better and better. I know I can get better. I just have to keep working and help the team.

“It [the injury] was a big blow in the summer, but I tried to change the disappointment to something positive and looking back at it now it was nice to have a reset.

“In a way, it was good to reset my body and my mind - maybe it can help me in the future.”

Tuesday’s wonderful display in the Danish capital made it 11 wins in a row for City across all competitions.

And it also put Pep Guardiola’s side firmly in the box seat as regards next month’s second leg decider.

However, De Bruyne insists City will be taking nothing for granted when we host the Danish champions at the Etihad.

“They will try everything - obviously we have an advantage now but we’re in the Champions League and the quality is always there,” Kevin added.

“We cannot rest and we need to be ready for that game.”