Jan Boskamp sees a love-hate relationship between Kevin De Bruyne and manager Josep Guardiola. During a review of the Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid (4-0), the analyst responds to a moment of anger from the attacking midfielder, who seemed to have entered into a heated argument with his coach after losing the ball in the 49th minute. A few minutes before the end, De Bruyne was sent off in favor of Phil Foden, after which he hugged Guardiola tightly.
In the 49th minute of play, De Bruyne was sent off by Erling Braut Haaland. The attacking midfielder was hoping to dive into space, but stumbled into the block formed by Dani Carvajal and Eder Militao. The loss of the ball led to a violent reaction from Guardiola, after which De Bruyne also expressed his displeasure towards his manager with clear hand gestures. In the 84th minute, the sky seemed to clear when Foden came on for De Bruyne, who hugged Guardiola.
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Boskamp, as a guest studio analyst RTL7, seeing that De Bruyne was deeply disturbed. “Guardiola always wants to put him on edge. But how Sometimes it goes on a rampage: it really is a poisonous frog. When he gets angry, he can get really red-headed. Then it doesn’t really matter who is in front of him and then he will tell you what he thinks. I feel like it’s a love-hate relationship between him and Guardiola. The analyst said, “His head was really red!”
Theo Jansen, also a guest on the show, downplays the moment of hitting a 2-0 lead. On the other hand, this should also be possible. The player reacts from a specific emotion. De Bruyne tries to create something off the counter, but it doesn’t go well. And then Guardiola reacts to that, and it just won’t be in that moment. Then they hug each other and the quarrel ends.
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