Manchester City superstar Kevin de Bruyne thinks that he and Mo Salah are thriving at their respective clubs because of the managers they’re working with.
The Belgian phenomenon works for Pep Guardiola, while our Egyptian King has blossomed under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance since arriving from Roma last summer.
However, there was a time when the pair were under Jose Mourinho’s guidance at Chelsea, couldn’t get in his team and were offloaded for a fraction of their actual value.
De Bruyne reckons Mourinho’s style of football and management didn’t suit him or Salah, with both players now fighting for the Premier League Player of the Year award following incredible individual seasons.
‘Obviously everyone needs to find a system and playing style that suits you more. Probably now we’ve found somebody who suits us both more than it was before,’ De Bruyne told the Metro.
‘I think in both our cases that’s true. But that’s the same for a lot of players.
‘I think it’s just because it’s the same manager and it’s both of us in the same season who are going well that people are talking about it, but I think every manager will have had a lot of players who were not suited with each other who went away and did well afterwards.
‘Maybe a lot of people are picking up on it now, today, but I’m not really that type of person who thinks about that. It’s just the way it goes, in life, in football.’
It’s obvious that Mourinho had a stinker with De Bruyne and Salah, but in fairness, he still won the Premier League during that stint at Stamford Bridge, which was his primary task.
That’s what we ultimately want Klopp to do with Liverpool, although are completely focussed on the Champions League this season!
If all goes to plan, we’ll put De Bruyne’s City out of Europe on Tuesday and start preparing for a semi-final.