Pep Guardiola explains decision to drop De Bruyne for Man City’s match against Real Madrid

The team line-up for the upcoming match has been announced. Jack Grealish will continue to occupy his position on the left, while Bernardo Silva will play on the opposite flank. Mateo Kovacic has returned to join Rodri in midfield, resulting in Kevin De Bruyne being relegated to the bench due to illness.

Guardiola explained that De Bruyne was unwell, expressing uncertainty about his ability to play. Despite being initially ready, De Bruyne expressed his inability to participate, leaving other players to step in for the upcoming match. There were concerns over De Bruyne’s playing time as he was not seen warming up with the substitutes.

However, the team gained a boost as Josko Gvardiol was fit to start, alleviating worries about his availability after being withdrawn at halftime in the previous match. With Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker unavailable, Gvardiol’s presence at full-back was deemed crucial for the upcoming game.

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