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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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CManchester CityMan City34293298257390
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City34293298257390
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525
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