Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Salah vs De Bruyne: From Chelsea cast-offs to EPL superstars

Salah vs De Bruyne: From Chelsea cast-offs to EPL superstars

Manchester City wizard Kevin De Bruyne claims that mental fortitude is behind both his and Mo Salah's ability to bounce back from their Chelsea rejections to become the two best players in the Premier League. He also appears set to smash the record for amount of goals in a Premier League campaign.

The Belgium global has played an integral role in helping City dominate in the Premier League, with Pep Guardiola's side needing just one more win to secure the title after already claiming the EFL Cup.

The two stars are prepared to go head to head on Wednesday night when Liverpool FC host Manchester City in the first leg of their crunch Champions League quarter-final clash at Anfield.

De Bruyne added on the consistency he has found in his game: "I feel very happy about it".

I wouldn't know how to choose anyone else outside Salah if it wasn't from our team. But that's the same for a lot of players. "But obviously they are big favourites now".

"However, it has been a first season wonder for Salah and I think it has been quite extraordinary for a player who isn't an out-and-out striker, which just makes it even more incredible". I think he's up there with Kane, me and Silva.

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"I know the way we play is flawless for Liverpool", Guardiola said of his team's expansive style, "because they're a team that attack that space unlike any other team in the world, especially with Mo Salah, Firmino". I think Juergen is a master at buying players he really needs for the way they want to play.

If De Bruyne were to win, he would become the second Belgian player ever to be named Player of The Year, following in the footsteps of Eden Hazard in 2014/15.

"I think to score that many goals in a season is unbelievable", said the Belgian.

'That was an experience where I learned maybe the most out of how football goes, and how I go with the situation.

All three spent a short time at Stamford Bridge before being sold on. He helps us a lot.

A win of any sort for Pep Guardiola's men this evening would guarantee them the Premier League title.

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