Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips says Manchester City have a ‘strong’ player that is really hard to tackle
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Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips says Manchester City have a 'strong' player that is really hard to tackle

Kalvin Phillips has told GAFFER that Manchester City have a player that is incredibly “strong” that is “very hard to tackle” – in Kevin De Bruyne.

Phillips, 25, has enjoyed a brilliant start to life in the Premier League – only taking on England’s top tier last season following Leeds’ promotion in 19-20.

During that time, he has come up against De Bruyne once – before then facing the Manchester City star with England, in a Nations League clash.

Phillips and Leeds drew 1-1 with Manchester City, Rodrigo cancelling out Raheem Sterling’s opener. England beat Belgium 2-1 in the Nations League.

Despite remaining unbeaten against De Bruyne, Phillips still had praise for him – naming him when asked for the hardest opponent he has faced.

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Kevin De Bruyne,” Phillips responded, when asked about the best player he has faced. “He’s strong, fast, can score goals, defend, very hard to tackle.”

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Phillips on De Bruyne: Manchester City star far from best this season

The three-time Premier League winner is renowned for his incredible tally of goals and assists. Before this season, it was breathtaking – and consistent.

Clocking up 262 appearances before the start of this term, De Bruyne scored 67 goals and laid on an enormous 108 assists.

A goal every four games, an assist less than every three games. But this season, De Bruyne has only scored three in 14 games – and one assist.

However, the Belgian could easily click into place soon. Leeds will be hoping that does not happen before 14 December, when the two meet.

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