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De Bruyne feels effects of Manchester City's schedule

Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne admits he is feeling the effects of Manchester City's outstanding season.

The Belgian may have been one of the star performers in City's formidable challenge for four trophies but there could be a cost.

De Bruyne has missed only three of City's 39 games in all competitions and he concedes he was feeling tired during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Burnley.

"I was feeling it from the first minute," he said. "I've said it before - you feel great for 10 games, then you feel OK for 10 games, and then the rest you feel like s***.

"You know, we've got to do what we've got to do. We've only got 15 or 16 players available at the moment so we need to get through it."

City at least will have some respite this week as they are not in action again until Leicester visit the Etihad Stadium next Saturday and manager Pep Guardiola has decided to give all his squad three days off.

"It will do us a lot of good," said De Bruyne. "I'm going away - it doesn't matter where!"

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