Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne claims that the Premier League has changed in the midst of their title race with Arsenal..
Mikel Arteta’s team currently leads the table after 27 games, five points ahead of second-placed City, who have won four of the last five league titles. Now, De Bruyne has spoken about the changing nature of the English Premier League, claiming that the so-called lower teams spending more is one of the reasons for the Citizens’ slight drop off, which makes Arsenal’s form even more impressive.
“It’s been fine this year, the league has changed a bit,” the Belgian international said ahead of City’s Champions League match against RB Leipzig.
The lower teams have more money to spend on better players, but all teams are extremely talented.
The difficulty level is increasing. In three competitions, we are second. In comparison to previous years, I do not feel any different. It depends on which games we should have won.”
The talented playmaker has struggled for form in recent weeks and was left on the bench as Pep Guardiola’s men defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at the weekend.
As a result, Jamie Redknapp, a former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur player, believes Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has surpassed De Bruyne as the best midfielder in the Premier League.
He is currently ranked first. “There’s nobody [better],” Redknapp told Sky Sports about Odegaard, as quoted by the Mirror. “Normally, we would say Kevin De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world, not just the Premier League,” says a source.
He doesn’t get to play as many games as he would like. But Odegaard has this quality that all great players have: it’s as if time stops when he has the ball..
“Most players [would rush the shot], especially midfield players as we’re not used to getting in those situations. But with his calmness, he’s scored four or five goals like that with his left foot..
He is the captain and the leader. Yeah, he’s the best player in the Premier League in my opinion. And he’s in charge of that team.”