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Published: 09:47 | 12/9/16

De Bruyne relishing Pep's attacking style

Belgian enjoying life at City

Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne says he is enjoying new manager Pep Guardiola’s attacking style as the club look to bounce back from a difficult year.

The Belgian international had an excellent debut season for the club under previous boss Manuel Pellegrini last term, but they failed to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title and only just managed to hold on to fourth place in the end .

De Bruyne has enjoyed a good start to the new campaign, scoring one and making another, as City beat arch-rivals United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday to maintain their 100% start to the season.

The 25-year-old is happy with things so far under the new boss and says he is enjoying the Spaniard’s attacking philosophy.

"Football isn't easy," he revealed when asked if Guardiola’s style has been difficult to master.

"Obviously everybody has his own style and you need to adapt to it, but I think everyone is working really hard - even the guys coming in, they do it perfectly.

"At the moment it is very positive, so we just have to try to keep it in this flow.

"I think maybe for some guys it is a new beginning. Last year was very difficult with all the injuries and maybe personal... I don't know what happened last year, it's just a different season. It happens.

"Everybody came back from the Euros and had some time to relax and just re-focus.

"Sometimes it's important to have enough rest to get back and want to play really well.

"Last year for me was great. Obviously we had some slip-ups here and there, but overall I had a good year. I am just trying to build on it.

"I think that the way we try to play now is very enjoyable, especially for the attacking players, because we try to play nice football, the way we wanted to play.

"We have got to go a little bit away from the physical game in the Premier League because we are not as strong as other teams, we know that, so we try to dominate them the way we want to play."

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