Sport De Bruyne on the bench as Guardiola keeps Man City unchanged for West Ham clash

15:06  24 october  2020
15:06  24 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Nathan Ake, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte all missed the midweek win over Porto, though De Bruyne and Laporte have since returned to training but Guardiola kept his cards close to his chest when asked whether the trio could feature at the London Stadium. Check out the champions

MANCHESTER City boss Pep Guardiola has told Kevin De Bruyne to come and speak to him if he has a problem as the rest of the stars arrived at training ahead of their clash with Wolves. Guardiola said: "I didn't speak with him so that one time I cannot say what he thinks because I don't know.

Kevin De Bruyne made his return to Manchester City's matchday squad but was only among the substitutes for Saturday's lunchtime Premier League clash with West Ham.

a close up of Kevin De Bruyne: Kevin De Bruyne returned to the Manchester City squad © Getty Images Kevin De Bruyne returned to the Manchester City squad

The Belgium playmaker sustained a minor injury while on international duty this month, keeping him out of last weekend's match against Arsenal and the Champions League meeting with Porto.

Manager Pep Guardiola suggested a heavy workload and lack of opportunity for rest was a factor in De Bruyne getting hurt, and that appeared to be reflected in his choice to ease the 29-year-old back into action.

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Kevin De Bruyne arrived at Manchester City training happy after Sunday's Carabao Cup win. The City squad arrived at their Etihad Campus on Monday Kompany kept John Stones and Aymeric Laporte - more than £100million worth of talent - on the bench at Wembley. The centre half is heading into the

West Ham United v Manchester City . First-team flight is sent to an alternative airport after flying to London on the eve of Premier League encounter. Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte returned to training on Thursday and Pep Guardiola was remaining tight-lipped about whether they would be fit

City's starting XI was unchanged for the clash at the London Stadium – a happy hunting ground in recent times for the visitors.

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It marks the first time since October 2017 that Guardiola has named an unchanged line-up in consecutive games, when he did so in matches against Stoke City and Napoli.

There was no place in the squad for defenders Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte, who along with De Bruyne missed the Porto game because of injury.

City have enjoyed five successive thumpings of West Ham in London over the last four years, beginning with a 5-0 FA Cup win over the Hammers in January 2017.

In the Premier League, City have won 4-0, 4-1, 4-0 and 5-0 in consecutive visits, but for the first time since March 2009 they headed into a game against West Ham sitting beneath their opponents in the table, albeit only on goal difference and having played one fewer game.

City have beaten West Ham in nine consecutive games, but they were set to face in-form hosts, who followed a 4-0 home win against Wolves and 3-0 victory at Leicester by clawing their way back from three goals down to hold Tottenham 3-3 last weekend.

The last time West Ham scored three or more goals in four consecutive league games was in September 1928, when they followed a 4-0 home win, a 3-0 away win and a 3-3 away draw with a 4-1 home victory.

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