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Pep Guardiola: 'Kevin De Bruyne is an example to everyone'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is effusive in his praise for midfielder Kevin De Bruyne following his man-of-the-match display during the 4-1 win over Tottenham.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged the club's younger players to learn from Kevin De Bruyne following his performance in the 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur this evening.

De Bruyne netted his sixth Premier League goal of the season to help City on their way to a 16th consecutive win in the top flight, but it was his display off the ball which garnered special praise from Guardiola in his post-match television interview.

The City boss took that praise even further in the press conference, insisting that he was lost for words following the Belgian's man-of-the-match display.

"I just can say thank you to all my players, and especially Kevin, for the fact that [he is] one of the most talented players, and you see him, how he runs without the ball. He is a good example for the young players, for our academy, for Phil Foden, for Brahim [Diaz]," Guardiola told reporters.

"They know how good Kevin De Bruyne is and when they see how he runs and fights without the ball, that is the best example. He helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future, because that is what we want to do.

"His performance today... I have no words to describe what he has done with the ball. And overall, without the ball, he is able to make pressure from 40 metres to the goalkeeper. And when that happens, the people who are behind him think 'if that guy runs like this, I have to run as well'."

City's victory takes them 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, having made the best start to a top-flight season in English football history.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool24138354292547
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6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
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