What Kevin de Bruyne needs to accomplish to win the Ballon d'Or

Kane on target as Spurs take derby spoils

Kane on target as Spurs take derby spoils

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims star man Kevin De Bruyne could one day win the Balon D'or, but only if the Belgian wins major honors along the way.

Seriously though, the Belgian has been key in Manchester City's title run in recent months and his performance against Leicester City just typified how effective he has been in midfield.

At the Etihad Stadium Aguero and the brilliant Kevin De Bruyne, who added three assists, were in inspired form as City blew away Leicester in the second half to seal a 23rd league victory from 27 games this season.

When asked if the "one" title he was referring to was the Champions League, Guardiola said: "Of course". "But it's not one game".

Attention turns to Europe's premier competition this week, with City travelling to face Swiss champion Basel in the last-16 - granting De Bruyne his latest chance to prove he resides among the finest players on the planet. In Premier League, on the other hand, there are several top clubs able to win the title. Especially one. The way he plays, it's hard to find one (better) in Europe.

You can hear all that, plus plenty more, in the latest podcast. "At the end, if you get an individual honour it is attractive", he added.

Shortly after De Bruyne produced another masterclass in the centre, teammate Benjamin Mendy reacted with an epic post on Twitter.

He is also ahead of the Argentine in terms of players who have taken most shots in the English topflight this season.

Manchester City have big hopes in the Champions League.

He said: "The next step forward from last season is to achieve the quarter-finals".

"The goals are very important because they help the team to win".

"We will try to do better than last season and hopefully we can go through. What happens after is an extra", he told reporters.

"I am very pleased with the way everything is going for me", De Bruyne said.

After surpassing Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge to become the fastest Liverpool player to score 20 goals in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur, he equalled Robbie Fowler's record against the Saints. I'm doing what I have to do. They are the better side and this should be quite an easy game for them. "It's something you reflect on after you get something like that".

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