Kevin De Bruyne is the leader of Manchester City | DeFodi Images / .

Manchester City has a star-studded squad that would be the benchmark for most of the great European clubs. Sterling, Agüero, Gabriel Jesús, Mahrez, Bernardo Silva … all of them could carry the flag of the English club, but above all of them there is a man who is in charge of leading one of the candidates for the Champions League.

Kevin de Bruyne is the man around whom the team’s game revolves, the beacon that manages to bring to fruition the attacks of the whole of the Etihad Stadium, and against Real Madrid will be decisive again. The Belgian is the footballer whom Zinedine Zidane’s pupils will have to watch and follow closely throughout the match if they want to keep alive their aspirations to turn the tie and move forward in Europe.

Kevin De Bruyne is the player around whom the City game revolves | JAVIER SORIANO / .

Literature aside, the Manchester City midfielder is one of the most decisive footballers in the entire Premier League in a season that has ended with 11 goals and 19 assists in 34 games he has played. Going a little further in terms of data, De Bruyne disputes an average of 80 minutes per game, has started in 31 of those 34 games and has played an important role in 30% of his team’s goals.

Throughout this season he has appeared as a pure midfielder for the creation from behind when the City has been much superior, as an interior and as a playmaker to be closer to the front and join the attack from the second line, positions in which It is unquestionably much more decisive. It was also striking how precisely against Real Madrid he came to play as a false nine when Gabriel Jesús fell to the band, generating danger with his internships between the central meringues.

Kevin de Bruyne scored the winning goal at the Santiago Bernabéu | David Ramos / .

Speaking of the match against Real Madrid, it should not be forgotten that De Bruyne was the differential footballer among all of Guardiola’s. The Belgian assisted Gabriel Jesús when the Brazilian left the band to act as an offensive reference and transformed the penalty that gave victory to his own. In addition to being a continuous headache for both the defense and the midfield of the whites.

Kevin De Bruyne is used to being the best in all Manchester City matches, but with the great level that Madridistas have shown in this round of confinement, especially on the defensive field, he will have to put all his cards on the table if he wants be equally differential. Casemiro will be, in total safety, his shadow for 90 minutes and both the footballer and Pep Guardiola will have to figure out how to distract the Brazilian and that the Belgian will be, one more day, the captain who guides the ‘citizens’ ship.