Kevin De Bruyne was injured and was forced to leave the field in Man City’s 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on April 12.
British media said the Belgian player hurt his ankle after a ball on the left wing. After this situation, De Bruyne lay in pain and had to receive care from the medical team. He was substituted by coach Pep Guardiola in the 68th minute, making way for striker Julian Alvarez.
On social networks, many fans expressed concern for De Bruyne. One fan wrote: “He can’t get injured at this point.” Another fan commented: “De Bruyne did not have a good game today. However, he is still Man City’s best player. Hope this is not a serious injury.”
The Belgian midfielder was one of four midfielders in Pep Guardiola’s 3-2-4-1 system against Bayern Munich alongside Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish. He did not score or assist but made 3 passes that opened up scoring opportunities for his teammates, touching the ball 45 times and passing with 76% accuracy. This is not De Bruyne’s explosive performance.
Man City are still carrying out in-depth tests to diagnose the extent of De Bruyne’s injury. If they have to take a long-term break, this will be a huge loss for “The Cityzens” for the rest of the season.
Before Bayern, Man City had 9 shots on target and scored 3 goals from Erling Haaland, Silva and Rodri. This is the most shots on target that the “Gray Lobster” has suffered in a Champions League knockout match since the second leg of the 2016/17 quarter-final against Real Madrid (11 times).
Man City has an impressive performance with an unbeaten streak of 25 home matches in the last Champions League, including 23 victories. The Etihad Stadium team will play the second leg at Bayern’s Allianz Arena on April 20.