Kevin De Bruyne does not understand the denied goal at Manchester City on Saturday. And admits his fatigue.
Disillusioned. Kevin De Bruyne did not digest the defeat conceded by Manchester City, Saturday, on the lawn of Tottenham (2-0). Despite possession of the ball, Pep Guardiola’s men failed to find the loophole in Spurs’ defense. And when they did, the referee intervened, as on the equalizing goal of Aymeric Laporte refused for a hand fault from Gabriel Jesus. What the Skyblues playing master did not understand.
“I honestly don’t know the rules anymore,” De Bruyne admitted to Sky Sports. I’ve been a professional for 12 years and the first 9 years there was no rule change. Over the past three years, there have been a lot. I don’t understand why we do this in football. I think the people who make the rules should be the people who participate in the game. ”
De Bruyne’s fatigue
It should be noted that the referee probably made the right decision, since Jesus is indeed using his hand to control before serving Laporte. Unintentionally, slightly, but enough to be punished. De Bruyne refers to the rule changes on the hands, implemented in the summer of 2019. This rule, which required the referees to systematically penalize hands committed by attackers, was notably enacted following Fernando Llorente’s goal with Tottenham against… Man City, in the Champions League.
Coming back to City, this defeat confirms the difficult start to the season (12 points in 8 matches) for Guardiola’s formation. “Are we witnessing a different Premier League? I’m not surprised, replied De Bruyne, relaying the RTBF. The preseason lasted 7 days… I played with the national team with training in my legs before coming back here and having to wait for the Covid test to find the team. What should we expect from us? We are there to play but sometimes we are tired. “
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