Remarkably, the City boss found plenty of faults in his side's performance on Saturday, despite seeing them cruise to a 3-0 Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium. But normally after global breaks this kind of thing happens. He came from France to England, and even for me, I needed a period to know, to understand a little bit, and everything about the way we wanted to play and in the way that we are aggressive without the ball, sometimes we need more time.
"Unfortunately he couldn't score, but he deserves all my respect, as a football player he's quality". I don't forget the behaviour he had last season when he played a lot but didn't start.More news: Meghan Markle's mom joins royals for cookbook launch
The Spaniard was also an instrumental figure during the Sky Blues' unprecedented march to the league title last year under Pep Guardiola as he helped them to a third Premier League title in the last six years.
"Something in the ankle, when he fell down, he felt something".
- Fulham have registered their second worst start to a Premier League campaign after five games (4pts, -5 goal difference); only bettering 2011-2012 (3 pts, -3 goal difference).
However, they responded in style by beating Burnley 4-2, although manager Slavisa Jokanovic would have been disappointed to see his team squander a two-goal lead to be pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Brighton. "It was never going to be an easy day for us".More news: Lionel Messi starts to deliver on Barcelona Champions League promise
It will be a case of a group of players stepping up to the mark to fill the void left by De Bruyne, but on this showing, it seems as though that they are well equipped to do so.
This financial news means that only Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United generate greater income than Manchester City, placing them firmly amongst Europe's elite in financial terms.
Fulham became a victim of its attempts to play the ball out from the back as Fernandinho intercepted a poor pass from Jean Michael Seri and raced clear on the left before crossing for Sane to tap home from close range at the Etihad Stadium.More news: 'Captain Marvel' Is Here to Save The World In First Epic Trailer